Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth, was nominated Nov. 7 by the House Democratic Caucus to continue his position next legislative session.
The session starts in Jan. 8 when Schwartzkopf would be formally elected by the full 41-member House of Representatives.
“I want to welcome all of our new members to the House of Representatives and look forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting to work for Delaware,” Schwartzkopf said in a press release. “During our time in the majority we have spearheaded policies that have improved the lives of Delawareans, from defending basic equal and civil rights to increasing economic opportunities throughout our state. We will continue to build on that progress to make Delaware the best place to live, work and thrive.”
The caucus also voted to retain Rep. Valerie Longhurst as majority leader, a position she has held since 2012. Rep. Larry Mitchell, D-Elsmere, was elected majority whip.
On the Republican side, Rep. Dan Short, R-Seaford, was selected House minority leader, continuing the position he has held since 2012. “It’s an honor to be elected as leader of this caucus,” Short said. “I look forward to working with this fine group in the historic 150th General Assembly.”
Rep. Tim Dukes, R-Laurel, was chosen as House minority whip.