Delaware House of Representatives

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Delaware House of Representatives
Delaware General Assembly
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Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 8, 2019
Leadership
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
Structure
Seats41
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Political groups
Majority
  •   Democratic (26)

Minority

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle III, Section 1, Delaware Constitution
Salary$45,291/year [1]
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2020
(41 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(41 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
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House of Representatives Chamber
Delaware Legislative Hall
Dover, Delaware
Website
legis.delaware.gov

The Delaware 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.

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Name

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.

Leadership

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.

OfficeRepresentativePartyDistrict
Speaker of the House Peter Schwartzkopf Democratic14
Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst Democratic15
Majority Whip John Mitchell, Jr. Democratic13
Minority Leader Daniel Short Republican39
Minority Whip Timothy Dukes Republican40

Qualifications

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

2615
DemocraticRepublican
AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
November 7, 2018 [2] 2615410
Latest voting share

Current members, 2018–2020

DistrictNamePartyFirst electedResidence
1 Nnamdi Chukwuocha Dem2018 Wilmington
2 Stephanie Bolden Dem2010 Wilmington
3 Sherry Dorsey Walker Dem2018 Wilmington
4 Gerald Brady Dem2006 Wilmington
5 Kendra Johnson Dem2018 New Castle
6 Debra Heffernan Dem2010 Wilmington
7 Ray Seigfried Dem2018 Wilmington
8 S. Quinton Johnson Dem2008 Middletown
9 Kevin Hensley Rep2014
10 Sean Matthews Dem2014
11 Jeffrey Spiegelman Rep2012 Clayton
12 Krista Griffith Dem2018 Fairfax
13 John Mitchell Jr. Dem2006 Elsmere
14 Peter Schwartzkopf Dem2002 Rehoboth Beach
15 Valerie Longhurst Dem2004 Bear
16 Franklin Cooke Jr. Dem2018 Dunleith
17 Melissa Minor-Brown Dem2018
18 David Bentz Dem2015 Bear
19 Kimberly Williams Dem2012Klair Estates
20 Stephen Smyk Rep2012Milton
21 Michael Ramone Rep2008Drummond Hill
22 Michael F. Smith Rep2018 Meeting House Hill
23 Paul Baumbach Dem2012 Newark
24 Edward Osienski Dem2010
25 John Kowalko Dem2006Newark
26 John Viola Dem1998Newark
27 Earl Jaques Jr. Dem2008 Glasgow
28 William Carson Jr. Dem2008 Smyrna
29 William Bush IV Dem2018
30 W. Shannon Morris Rep2018 Willow Grove
31 Sean Lynn Dem2014 Dover
32 Andria Bennett Dem2012Dover
33 Charles Postles Jr. Rep2016
34 Lyndon Yearick Rep2014
35 Jesse Vanderwende Rep2018 Bridgeville
36 Bryan Shupe Rep2018 Milford
37 Ruth Briggs King Rep2009 Georgetown/Lewes
38 Ronald E. Gray Rep2012 Selbyville
39 Daniel Short Rep2006 Seaford
40 Timothy Dukes Rep2012 Laurel
41 Richard G. Collins Rep2014 Millsboro

Past composition of the House of Representatives

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References

  1. https://budget.delaware.gov/budget/fy2018/documents/hb275-hs1.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