The Delaware House of Representatives consists of 41 members, each of whom is elected to a two-year term. There is no limit to the number of terms that a Representative may serve. All revenue generating legislation must begin in the House.State representatives 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 Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the House. The Speaker is elected to the position by a majority of the representatives to run the mechanics of the House, including appointing committees and their members and assigning legislation to committee.
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Graduate of Smyrna High School
Retired Department of Transportation and Town of Middletown
American Legion Post No. 14 (formerly Board of Directors), American Legion 40/8, Delaware Veterans Post No. 2, Delaware Veterans Coalition, Charter Member of the Smyrna-Clayton Moose Lodge, PM of Harmony Lodge No. 13 AF and AM, life member, past president, and past chief of Smyrna Fire Company, life member Clayton Fire Department, life member emeritus of the Smyrna-Clayton Little League, Board of Directors Mamie A. Warren Senior Center, Modern Maturity center, Friends of Belmont Hall, Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Committee, Delaware Duck Unlimited, University of Delaware Touchdown Club
I was taught at a young age by my parents to always give back to my community and that’s what I have always strived to do. I am actively involved in the community, from being a life member of the Smyrna Fire Department to being a Little League coach, and always being an advocate for our senior citizens, veterans, and first responders.
I do support continuing the vote by mail option in our state. I believe we need to wait and see if there any modifications needed after the general election in November. I have been assured there will be no issues with our vote by mail system, but after the election, we can see if there are any changes needed, and I would welcome changes to make the system better.
There has been talk of an independent party overseeing redistricting, but I have not seen the guidelines regarding this. I do know the policy in place now has been done for many years and I have not heard of a problem in the way it is done now. I am open to discussion on this and to see what changes need to be made to make it a more fair and transparent process.
There are currently plans by many local law enforcement agencies to create a citizen’s oversight committee. I would like to see what their plans are going forward. The General Assembly also currently has a task force that includes legislators, law enforcement officers, and civilians to look at law enforcement accountability and I would be interested to see their recommendations and hopefully determine how we can make any changes in the future and to hopefully give us a better insight into community policing.
Similar to the Law Enforcement Task Force, the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus established an African American Task Force to examine the issue of racial inequality throughout all aspects of society and make recommendations for how to tackle this problem. Empowering the community, academic and legislative leaders will help us better address this issue.
As an avid sportsman, I agree that we need to protect our environment. We need to be protecting our environment – air, water, and land. Any bill that is written and introduced in the General Assembly must be thoroughly vetted within the local community and have processional environmentalist input.
I totally support open and transparent government. The only time I have had a complaint about FOIA is that sometimes it takes longer than people expect it to. However when investigating, it is because of shortage of staff, and staff taking the time to do the work of finding information related to requests thus slowing the process.