The Delaware Senate is composed of 21 members, 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.State senators introduce and vote on proposed legislation, approve the annual budget for the state, and serve on assigned committees. The General Assembly of Delaware meets in Dover three days a week between mid-January and the end of June.The Lieutenant Governor serves as the President of the Senate, but only casts a vote if required to break a tie. The President Pro Tempore is a senator elected to the position by a majority of the members to run the mechanics of the Senate, including appointing committees and their members and assigning legislation to committee.
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Associate degree, Criminal Justice, Delaware Technical Community College, 1992; Bachelor’s degree, Criminal Justice, Wilmington University, 1994
Senior Client Services Manager, Agile-1, Wilmington, DE; Director of Development, Exceptional Care for Children, Newark, DE; Vice President of Allied Operation, Onward Healthcare, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
In addition to my years of advocacy in the disability community, my volunteer experience also includes serving as a member of the Delaware Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and volunteer work with the Rape Crisis Center.
First and foremost, I am driven to continue in this office because the needs and interests of my constituents in Senate District 12 deserve to be represented in Dover. What I love most about being a state senator is the opportunity to engage with my constituents, find out what issues they are facing, and work to develop solutions. Personally, I am also driven to ensuring that our state’s most vulnerable residents have access to the services they need. I was first motivated to run for public office due to my activism in the disability community, and I am devoted to making sure every Delawarean is able to live with dignity.
I was proud to co-sponsor House Bill 346 this legislative session which allows Delawareans to vote by mail during the 2020 election cycle. I applaud the Department of Elections for their work to make vote by mail a secure and accessible option for every Delawarean. I support continuing the vote by mail option for future elections and look forward to identifying additional ways to protect voting rights and increase voter turnout.
I strongly believe that the redistricting process should be fair and ensure that each citizen has an equal opportunity of being represented by their government. I would be open to reviewing proposals for an independent redistricting commission and engaging in a discussion about the merits of this approach.
This June, I was proud to stand next to my colleagues in the Legislative Black Caucus as they unveiled their Justice for All Agenda. I support the measures put forth in their plan, like a ban on chokeholds, which I was proud to co-sponsor and help pass in the Senate. I look forward to the recommendations of the Law Enforcement Accountability Task Force as they work to develop proposals related to police accountability and transparency.
Eliminating racial inequality requires addressing the barriers to equal opportunity that exist at every level in our society from our education and criminal justice systems to healthcare and environmental justice. I am eager to see the recommendations of the African American Task Force as they dive deeper into these disparities and fully support restorative investments in communities of color.
The devastating consequences of climate change are already being felt by Delaware and especially my district. As a state, we have to act decisively to protect our environment, and thus, I support protecting and expanding Delaware’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to promote renewable energy.
I strongly believe that our state’s Freedom of Information Act is working well and promotes open government and transparency. However, I’m open to engaging in conversations about how we can strengthen the law and encourage public participation in government. For example, this legislative session I co-sponsored legislation that amended FOIA to allow certain public bodies to meet virtually.