Delaware House of Representatives

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Delaware House of Representatives
Delaware General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 8, 2019
Peter Schwartzkopf (D)
since January 8, 2013
Majority Leader
Valerie Longhurst (D)
since January 8, 2013
Minority Leader
Daniel Short (R)
since January 8, 2013
House of Representatives diagram 2014 State of Deleware.svg
Political groups
  •   Democratic (26)


Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle III, Section 1, Delaware Constitution
Last election
November 3, 2020
(41 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(41 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
DE State House.jpg
House of Representatives Chamber
Delaware Legislative Hall
Dover, Delaware

The Delaware State House of Representatives is the lower house of the Delaware General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Delaware. It is composed of 41 Representatives from an equal number of constituencies, each of whom is elected to a two-year term. Its members are not subject to term limits. The House meets at the Delaware Legislative Hall in Dover.


From 1776 to 1792, the chamber was known as the House of Assembly, a common name for lower houses of colonial legislatures and states under the Confederation. The name was changed by Delaware's 1792 Constitution, reflecting the new federal House of Representatives. This change on the part of Delaware initiated a movement that has resulted in a majority of the lower houses of U.S. state legislatures sharing the name of the federal House of Representatives.


The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the full House through the passage of a House Resolution. The Speaker is the chief leadership position of the body. The other House leaders are elected by their respective party caucuses. The Majority Leader determines which bills are brought to the floor for debate from an Agenda prepared by the Speaker of the House and manages debates and floor votes.

Terry Spence (R) was the longest serving speaker in the history of the Delaware General Assembly.

Office Representative Party District
Speaker of the House Peter Schwartzkopf Democratic 14
Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst Democratic 15
Majority Whip John Mitchell, Jr. Democratic 13
Minority Leader Daniel Short Republican 39
Minority Whip Timothy Dukes Republican 40


Members of the House of Representatives must be citizens of the United States, have lived in Delaware for three years, been a resident of their constituent district for at least one year preceding their election, and must be at least 24 years old by the time of their election.

Current composition[edit]

26 15
Democratic Republican
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
November 7, 2018[2] 26 15 41 0
Latest voting share 63.4% 36.6% 100% 0%

Current members, 2020–2022[edit]

District Name Party First elected Residence
1 Nnamdi Chukwuocha Democratic 2018 Wilmington
2 Stephanie Bolden Dem 2010 Wilmington
3 Sherry Dorsey Walker Dem 2018 Wilmington
4 Gerald Brady Dem 2006 Wilmington
5 Kendra Johnson Dem 2018 New Castle
6 Debra Heffernan Dem 2010 Wilmington
7 Larry Lambert Dem 2020
8 Sherae'a Moore Dem 2020
9 Kevin Hensley Rep 2014
10 Sean Matthews Dem 2014
11 Jeffrey Spiegelman Rep 2012 Clayton
12 Krista Griffith Dem 2018 Fairfax
13 John Mitchell Jr. Dem 2006 Elsmere
14 Peter Schwartzkopf Dem 2002 Rehoboth Beach
15 Valerie Longhurst Dem 2004 Bear
16 Franklin Cooke Jr. Dem 2018 Dunleith
17 Melissa Minor-Brown Dem 2018
18 David Bentz Dem 2015 Bear
19 Kimberly Williams Dem 2012 Klair Estates
20 Stephen Smyk Rep 2012 Milton
21 Michael Ramone Rep 2008 Drummond Hill
22 Michael F. Smith Rep 2018 Meeting House Hill
23 Paul Baumbach Dem 2012 Newark
24 Edward Osienski Dem 2010
25 John Kowalko Dem 2006 Newark
26 Madinah Wilson-Anton Dem 2020
27 Eric Morrison Dem 2020
28 William Carson Jr. Dem 2008 Smyrna
29 William Bush IV Dem 2018
30 W. Shannon Morris Rep 2018 Willow Grove
31 Sean Lynn Dem 2014 Dover
32 Andria Bennett Dem 2012 Dover
33 Charles Postles Jr. Rep 2016
34 Lyndon Yearick Rep 2014
35 Jesse Vanderwende Rep 2018 Bridgeville
36 Bryan Shupe Rep 2018 Milford
37 Ruth Briggs King Rep 2009 Georgetown/Lewes
38 Ronald E. Gray Rep 2012 Selbyville
39 Daniel Short Rep 2006 Seaford
40 Timothy Dukes Rep 2012 Laurel
41 Richard G. Collins Rep 2014 Millsboro

Past composition of the House of Representatives[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Delaware legislators' terms begin the second Wednesday in November (i.e. the day after Election Day), even though they are not sworn in until January. Constitution of Delaware, Article II, Section 3

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