The Delaware Senate is the upper house of the Delaware General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. 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

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

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.

PositionNamePartyDistrict
President of the Senate/Lieutenant GovernorBethany Hall-LongDemocratic
President Pro TemDavid SokolaDemocratic8
Majority LeaderBryan TownsendDemocratic11
Majority WhipElizabeth LockmanDemocratic3
Minority LeaderGerald HockerRepublican20
Minority WhipBrian G. PettyjohnRepublican19

Composition

Map of current (May 2021) partisan composition of legislative districts for state senate:

  Republican senator
  Democratic senator
147
DemocraticRepublican
AffiliationParty

(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
DemocraticRepublicanVacant
November 7, 2018[2]147210
Latest voting share66.7%33.3%

Members

Below are the Senators as of the 150th General Assembly (2018–2020), following the most recent election.

DistrictNamePartyFirst electedResidenceSeat up
1stSarah McBrideDem2020North Wilmington2022
2ndDarius J. BrownDem2018Wilmington2022
3rdElizabeth LockmanDem2018Wilmington2022
4thLaura SturgeonDem2018Brandywine Hundred2022
5thKyle GayDem2020Heatherbrooke2022
6thErnesto LopezRep2012Lewes2022
7thSpiros MantzavinosDem2020Westgate Farms2022
8thDavid SokolaDem1990Newark2022
9thJack WalshDem2016Newport2022
10thStephanie HansenDem2017Middletown2022
11thBryan TownsendDem2012Westover Woods2022
12thNicole PooreDem2012Barbs Farm2022
13thMarie PinkneyDem2020New Castle County2022
14thBruce EnnisDem2007Clayton2022
15thDavid G. LawsonRep2010Marydel2022
16thColin BoniniRep1994South Dover2022
17thW. Charles ParadeeDem2018Dover2022
18thDavid L. WilsonRep2018Lincoln2022
19thBrian G. PettyjohnRep2012Georgetown2022
20thGerald HockerRep2012Ocean View2022
21stBryant RichardsonRep2014Laurel2022

Past composition of the Senate

See also

References

  1. ^ https://budget.delaware.gov/budget/fy2018/documents/hb275-hs1.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  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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