Delaware Senate

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Delaware State Senate
Delaware General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 8, 2013
Patricia Blevins (D)
Since January 6, 2015
President pro tempore of the Senate
Patricia Blevins (D)
Since January 8, 2013
Majority Leader
David McBride (D)
Since January 8, 2013
Minority Leader
F. Gary Simpson (R)
Since January 8, 2008
Seats 21
Political groups
Governing party

Opposition party

Length of term
4 years
Authority Article III, Section 1, Delaware Constitution
Salary $41,680/year + per diem
Last election
November 4, 2014
(10 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2016
(11 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
Delaware Legislative Hall
Dover, Delaware
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.


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.

The President of the Senate is currently vacant. The Acting President and President Pro Tempore is Patricia Blevins.

The current leadership for the 147th senate is as follows:

Make-up of the Senate

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 14 7 21 0
Begin 13 8 21 0
End of previous legislature
Begin 12 9 21 0
Latest voting share 57.1% 42.9%


District Name Party First Elected Residence Seat up
1 Harris McDowell III Dem 1976 North Wilmington 2016
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 2016
6 Ernesto Lopez Rep 2012 Lewes 2018
7 Patricia Blevins Dem 1990 Elsmere 2016
8 David Sokola Dem 1990 Newark 2016
9 Karen Peterson Dem 2002 Stanton 2016
10 Bethany Hall-Long Dem 2008 Glasgow 2018
11 Bryan Townsend Dem 2012 Westover Woods 2018
12 Nicole Poore Dem 2012 Barbs Farm 2016
13 David McBride Dem 1980 Hawk's Nest 2016
14 Bruce Ennis Dem 2007 Clayton 2016
15 David G. Lawson Rep 2010 Marydel 2016
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 2016
20 Gerald Hocker Rep 2012 Ocean View 2016
21 Bryant Richardson Rep 2014 Laurel 2018

See also

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