Delaware Senate

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Delaware State Senate
Delaware General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 8, 2013
Leadership
Bethany Hall-Long (D)
Since January 17, 2017
President pro tempore of the Senate
David McBride (D)
Since January 10, 2017
Majority Leader
Margaret Rose Henry (D)
Since January 10, 2017
Minority Leader
F. Gary Simpson (R)
Since January 8, 2008
Structure
Seats 21
Senate diagram 2014 State of Deleware.svg
Political groups

Governing party

Opposition party

Vacant (1)
Length of term
4 years
Authority Article III, Section 1, Delaware Constitution
Salary $41,680/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
(11 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(10 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
Delaware Legislative Hall
Dover, Delaware
Website
Delaware State Senate

The Delaware Senate is the upper house of the Delaware General Assembly, the state legislature of the US state of Delaware. It is composed of 21 Senators, each of whom is elected to a four-year term, except when reapportionment occurs, at which time Senators may be elected to a two-year term. There is no limit to the number of terms that a Senator may serve. The Delaware Senate meets at the Legislative Hall in Dover.

In order to accommodate the ten-year cycle of reapportionment, the terms of office of the several Senators are staggered so that ten Senators are elected to terms of two years at the first biennial general election following reapportionment, followed by two four-year terms, and eleven Senators are elected at the said election for two four-year terms, followed by a two-year term.

Like other upper houses of state and territorial legislatures and the federal U.S. Senate, the Senate can confirm or reject gubernatorial appointments to the state cabinet, commissions, boards, or justices to the Delaware Supreme Court.

Qualifications[edit]

Senators must be citizens of the United States, have lived in Delaware for three years, and have been a resident of their respective district for at least one year preceding their election. They must also be at least 27 years old at the time of their election.

Senate Leadership[edit]

The Lieutenant Governor of Delaware serves as the President of the Senate, but only casts a vote if required to break a tie. In his or her absence, the President Pro Tempore presides over the Senate. The President Pro Tempore is elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the entire Senate through a Senate Resolution. The President Pro Tempore is the chief leadership position in the Senate. The other Senate leaders are elected by their respective party caucuses.

Position Name Party District
President of the Senate/Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long Democratic
President Pro Tem David McBride Democratic 13
Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry Democratic 2
Majority Whip Nicole Poore Democratic 12
Minority Leader F. Gary Simpson Republican 18
Minority Whip Gregory Lavelle Republican 4

Composition[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
145th legislature (2008-2010)[1] 15 6 21 0
146th legislature (2010-2012) 14 7 21 0
147th legislature (2012-2014) 13 8 21 0
148th legislature (2014-2016) 12 9 21 0
Begin of 149th legislature (2016)[2] 11 10 21 0
Latest voting share 52.4% 47.6%

Members[edit]

Below are the Senators as of the 149th General Assembly (2016-2018), following the 2016 elections.

District Name Party First Elected Residence Seat up
1 Harris McDowell III Dem 1976 North Wilmington 2020
2 Margaret Rose Henry Dem 1994 East Wilmington 2018
3 Robert I. Marshall Dem 1978 West Wilmington 2018
4 Gregory Lavelle Rep 2012 Sharpley 2018
5 Catherine Cloutier Rep 2000 Heatherbrooke 2020
6 Ernesto Lopez Rep 2012 Lewes 2018
7 Anthony Delcollo Rep 2016 2020
8 David Sokola Dem 1990 Newark 2020
9 Jack Walsh Dem 2016 2020
10 Vacant 2018
11 Bryan Townsend Dem 2012 Westover Woods 2018
12 Nicole Poore Dem 2012 Barbs Farm 2020
13 David McBride Dem 1980 Hawk's Nest 2020
14 Bruce Ennis Dem 2007 Clayton 2020
15 David G. Lawson Rep 2010 Marydel 2020
16 Colin R. J. Bonini Rep 1994 South Dover 2018
17 Brian Bushweller Dem 2008 North Dover 2018
18 F. Gary Simpson Rep 1999 Milford 2018
19 Brian G. Pettyjohn Rep 2012 Georgetown 2020
20 Gerald Hocker Rep 2012 Ocean View 2020
21 Bryant Richardson Rep 2014 Laurel 2018

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Senate of the 145th Legislature originally started with 16 Democrats and 5 Republicans, but Republican Joseph W. Booth won a special election on August 3, 2009 to succeed Sen. Thurman Adams Jr. (D), who had died on June 23 that same year. This election yielded the 15 D-6 R margin that ended the 145th Legislature.
  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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