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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.



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 Delaware Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn. The President Pro Tempore is Anthony J. DeLuca.[3]

The current leadership for the 144th senate is as follows:

  • Sen. Patricia Blevins, Majority Leader
  • Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, Majority Whip
  • Sen. F. Gary Simpson, Minority Leader
  • Sen. Liane Sorenson, Minority Whip

Make-up of the Senate

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 13 8 21 0
Begin 16 5 21 0
June 23, 2009 [1] 15 20 1
August 3, 2009 [2] 6 21 0
Latest voting share 71.4% 28.6%


District Name Party First Elected Location
1 Harris McDowell III Dem 1976 North Wilmington
2 Margaret Henry Dem 1994 East Wilmington
3 Robert Marshall Dem 1978 West Wilmington
4 Michael Katz Dem 2008 Centerville
5 Catherine Cloutier Rep 2000 Heatherbrooke
6 Liane Sorenson Rep 1995 Hockessin
7 Patricia Blevins Dem 1990 Elsmere
8 David Sokola Dem 1990 Newark
9 Karen Peterson Dem 2002 Stanton
10 Bethany Hall-Long Dem 2008 Glasgow
11 Anthony J. DeLuca Dem 1998 Varlano
12 Dorinda Connor Rep 1997 Penn Acres
13 David McBride Dem 1980 Hawk's Nest
14 Bruce Ennis Dem 2007 Clayton
15 Nancy Cook Dem 1974 Kenton
16 Colin R. J. Bonini Rep 1994 South Dover
17 Brian Bushweller Dem 2008 North Dover
18 F. Gary Simpson Rep 1999 Milford
19 Joseph W. Booth Rep 2009 Georgetown
20 George Bunting, Jr. Dem 1996 Bethany Beach
21 Robert Venables, Sr. Dem 1988 Laurel


See also

External links


  1. ^ Democrat Thurman Adams, Jr. died June 23, 2009.
  2. ^ Republican Joseph Booth won special election for the 19th district. [1] [2]


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