He graduated from William Penn High School in 1975. He later graduated from the University of Delaware, where he earned a bachelor"s degree in International Relations in 1979.
Protack was a candidate for Governor of Delaware in the 2008 election cycle and is running for President of County Council for New Castle County, Delaware in 2012. He went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps, where he was a helicopter pilot and recruiter. In 2004, Protack had an unsuccessful bid for governor, losing the primary to William Swain Lee.
In 2006, Protack ran for United States. Senate.
He lost the Republican primary by three percentage points in a three-way race with January Ting and Christine O"Donnell. January Ting went on to lose to the Democratic incumbent, Thomas R. Carper, by 70 percent to 29 percent.
In 2008, Protack announced his run for the office of Governor of Delaware. He lost the Republican nomination in a primary fight against William Swain Lee, in which Protack lost every district in the state.
In 2010 Protack announced his candidacy for a seat in the New Castle County Council.
He was again unsuccessful in his attempt to be elected for public office. Protack was defeated by Janet Kilpatrick in a Republican primary. Janet Kilpatrick went on to defeat Renee Tascher by a huge margin, 60.3% to 39.7%.
He is a member of the Republican Party.