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Former Del. governor legacy lives through portrait

Former Del. governor legacy lives...

DOVER, Del. - He's no longer in office, but Delaware's former Governor Jack Markell's legacy lives on.

A portrait of the 73rd Delaware governor was unveiled at Legislative Hall on Tuesday afternoon. It will hang on the walls next to past governors.

Plenty of elected officials and past cabinet members spoke at Tuesday's unveiling commemorating Markell's efforts after assuming the role of governor during the state's worst financial times. In 2009, unemployment rates in Delaware skyrocketed following the financial crisis between 2007 and 2008.

Some key points of his administration highlighted during the unveiling were his support for social rights and education.

47ABC caught up with the former governor after the unveiling. He says he's happy with the portrait and was grateful for the large turnout.

"For me, it's more about the memories of all that we accomplished," says former Governor Markell. "You know, working with my administrators, with the legislators, with the citizens and so I look back at the eight years with so much gratitude."

Markell says he's currently preparing for a cross country bike trip biking from Oregon to Rehoboth Beach. He'll be raising the money for an organization called "Motivate The First State".


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