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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 amount of constituencies, each of whom is elected to a two year term. The Delaware General Assembly does not have term limits. The House meets at the Delaware Legislative Hall in Dover.


The naming of the House

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 loose Confederation. The name was changed by the state's 1792 Constitution, reflecting the new federal House of Representatives, which Delaware was the first state to approve of in ratifying the federal U.S. Constitution in 1787. The renaming began a trend that has resulted in a majority of the lower houses of U.S. state legislatures sharing the same name of the U.S. House.

Leadership of the House

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.

The current Speaker of the House is Robert Gilligan of District 19 (Stratford). Prior to Gilligan's election, the prior Speaker of the House, Terry Spence, was the longest serving speaker in the History of the Delaware General Assembly.


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

The strong Democratic turnout in 2008, aided by homestate Senator Joe Biden, cost Republicans the majority in the State House. As of 2009, Democrats control all three branches of state government.

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 19 22 41 0
Begin 24 17 41 0
August 3, 2009 [1] 16 40 1
September 12, 2009[2] 17 41 0
Latest voting share 58.5% 41.5%

Current members, 2009-2010

District Name Party First Elected Location
01 Dennis P. Williams Dem 1996 Wilmington North
02 Hazel D. Plant Dem 2001 Wilmington Central
03 Helene M. Keeley Dem 1996 Wilmington South
04 Gerald L. Brady Dem 2006 Wilmington West
05 Melanie George Marshall Dem 2002 Bear/Newark
06 Thomas H. Kovach Rep 2008 Fox Point
07 Bryon H. Short Dem 2007
08 S. Quinton Johnson Dem 2008 Middletown
09 Richard C. Cathcart Rep 1998 Middletown
10 Dennis E. Williams Dem 2008 Talleyville
11 Gregory F. Lavelle Rep 2000 Sharpley
12 Deborah Hudson Rep 2000 Fairthorne
13 John L. Mitchell Jr. Dem 2006
14 Peter C. Schwartzkopf Dem 2002 Rehoboth
15 Valerie Longhurst Dem 2004 Bear
16 James Johnson Dem 2002
17 Michael P. Mulrooney Dem 1998 Pennwood
18 Michael A. Barbieri Dem 2008 Newark
19 Robert F. Gilligan Dem 1972 Sherwood Park
20 Nick T. Manolakos Rep 2006
21 Michael Ramone Rep 2008 Drummond Hill
22 Joseph E. Miro Rep 1998 Pike Creek Valley
23 Teresa Schooley Dem 2004 Newark
24 William A. Oberle Jr. Rep 1976 Beechers Lot
25 John A. Kowalko Jr. Dem 2006 Newark South
26 John J. Viola Dem 1998 Newark
27 Earl G. Jaques Jr. Dem 2008 Glasgow
28 William J. Carson Dem 2008 Smyrna
29 Pam Thornburg Rep 2000 Dover West
30 William R. Outten Rep 2004 Harrington
31 Darryl M. Scott Dem 2008 Dover
32 E. Bradford Bennett Dem 2008 Dover
33 Robert E. Walls Dem 2006
34 Donald A. Blakey Rep 2006
35 David L. Wilson Rep 2008 Bridgeville
36 V. George Carey Rep 1984 Milford
37 Ruth Briggs King Rep 2009
38 Gerald W. Hocker Rep 2002 Ocean View
39 Daniel B. Short Rep 2006 Seaford
40 Clifford G. "Biff" Lee Rep 2000 Laurel
41 John C. Atkins Dem 2002-2006

See also

External links


  1. ^ Republican Joseph Booth won Special Election for the 19th Senate District. [1] [2]
  2. ^ Republican Ruth Briggs King elected in 37th District. [3]

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