Delaware onAir

The Delaware onAir Hub supports Delawarans to become more informed about and engaged in local, state, and federal politics while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow citizens.

  • DelawareonAir is one of 50 state governance and elections hubs that the US onAir Network is providing to help reinvigorate US democracy.  This post has short summaries of current state and federal representatives with links to their complete Hub posts.  Students curate post content from government, campaign, social media, and public websites.  Key content on the DelawareHub is also replicated on the US onAir nations Hub at:
  • Delaware students will be forming onAir chapters in their colleges and universities to help curate Hub content.  As more students participate and more onAir chapters are started, we will expand to include more state and local content as well as increase the number of aircasts – student-led, livestreamed, online discussions with candidates, representatives, and the public.

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John Carney – DE

Current Position: Governor since 2017
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Positions: US Representative from 2011 – 2017; Lt. Governor from 2001 – 2009

Carney served as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of New Castle County and as Secretary of Finance and Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Tom Carper. In 2002 he launched the education initiative “Models of Excellence in Education” to identify practices in schools that have raised student achievement.

Carney has long been an advocate for wellness issues in Delaware, sponsoring “BeHealthy Delaware” and “The Lt. Governor’s Challenge” to encourage Delawareans to be more active and address the state’s high rate of chronic disease.

Featured Quote: 
In Lewes today to sign the Clean Water for Delaware Act and to announce a plan to address wastewater and drinking water issues in underserved communities throughout #Delaware. Watch live

I hear you – Delaware Governor John Carney

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DE General Assembly

The Delaware General Assembly is the legislature of the U.S. state of Delaware. It is a bicameral legislature composed of the Delaware Senate with 21 senators and the Delaware House of Representatives with 41 representatives. It meets at Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware, convening on the second Tuesday of January of odd-numbered years, with a second session of the same Assembly convening likewise in even-numbered years. Normally the sessions are required to adjourn by the last day of June of the same calendar year. However the Governor can call a special session of the legislature at any time.

Members are elected from single-member districts, all apportioned to roughly equal populations after each decennial Census. Elections are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November and about one-half of the Senate is elected every two years for a four-year term, and the entire House of Representatives is elected every two years for a two-year term. Vacancies are filled through special elections. There are no term limits for either chamber.

With 62 seats, the Delaware General Assembly is the second-smallest bicameral state legislature in the United States – ahead of Alaska (60 seats) and behind Nevada (63).

Source: Wikipedia

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Tom Carper – DE

Current Position: US Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Positions: Governor from 1993 – 2001; US Representative from 1983 – 1993; Treasurer of Delaware from 1977 – 1983
Other positions: Chair, Committee on Environment and Public Works (Chairman)
Chair, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

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I’m glad the issues in Newark are on the road to being resolved, but more must be done. Our communities rely on the Postal Service — that’s why we must work on protecting, strengthening, and reforming USPS so it can serve our neighborhoods, our families, and future generations.

St. Paddy’s Day, SportsTalk and Tom Carper on a train — Congressional Hits and Misses

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Chris Coons – DE

Current Position: US Senator since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position: Other from 2001 – 2010
Other positions:  Chair, Select Committee on Ethics
Chair, Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
Chair,  Subcommittee on Intellectual Property

Featured Quote: 
We can and should put Americans to work building resilience to climate change. That’s why we are working on launching a new Civilian Climate Corps – expanding and diversifying the vision of AmeriCorps today.
Sen. Coons Joins MSNBC’s The Sunday Show Sunday, July 25

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Delaware Votes in 2024

Federal & state elections on the ballot: US Senato r1 US House member, Governor, and State Senate and House members

Ballot measures: Suffrage, Minimum wage, Elections, Direct Democracy, and Taxes

The Delaware Division of Elections, part of the Secretary of State, oversees all Deleware elections.

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Delaware Collaborators

The US onAir Network will be working with volunteers from Delaware universities, colleges, and nonprofit organizations to oversee the curation and moderation of posts, aircasts (online discussions), and in person events for the Delaware onAir Hub …  related to federal, state, and local elections and government.

Our first outreach will be to University of Delaware partly because of its proximity to the state capital. We have identified many of University of Delaware’s civic engagement, academic, internship and research programs related to making democracy and civic responsibility a focus of higher learning on their campus … for students, faculty, staff, and local community. This post, over time, will have similar information on other collaborating organizations in the state.

Contact for more information on how to involve your organization.

About Delaware

Delaware is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It borders Maryland to its south and west, Pennsylvania to its north, New Jersey to its northeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to its east. The state’s name derives from the adjacent Delaware Bay, which in turn was named after Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, an English nobleman and the Colony of Virginia’s first colonial-era governor.

Delaware occupies the northeastern portion of the Delmarva Peninsula, and some islands and territory within the Delaware River. It is the 2nd smallest and 6th least populous state, but also the 6th most densely populated. Delaware’s most populous city is Wilmington, and the state’s capital is Dover, the 2nd most populous city in Delaware. The state is divided into three counties, the fewest number of counties of any of the 50 U.S. states;[b] from north to south, the three counties are: New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.

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