144th Delaware General Assembly

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Ruth Ann Minner
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144th General Assembly
In office
January 9, 2007 – January 6, 2009
Preceded by 143rd Assembly
Succeeded by 145th Assembly

The 144th Delaware General Assembly was a meeting of the legislative branch of the state government, consisting of the Delaware Senate and the Delaware House of Representatives. Elections were held the first Tuesday after November 1 and terms began in Dover on the first Tuesday in January. This date was January 9, 2007, which was two weeks before the beginning of the seventh administrative year of Democratic Governor Ruth Ann Minner from Kent County and Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Carney from New Castle County.

Currently the distribution of seats for both houses was based on the interpretation of the federal 2000 census. It resulted from a large number of memberships in the New Castle County area and ruling that the election districts would abandon county lines for their boundaries, but would design whatever district boundaries that would accomplish such population equals.

In the 144th Delaware General Assembly session the Senate had a Democratic majority and the House had a Republican majority.

Party summary[edit]


TOTAL members: 21

House of Representatives

TOTAL members: 41


House of Representatives

Party leadership[edit]

House of Representatives



About half the State Senators were elected every two years for a four-year term, except the decade district redesign year, when all served two years. They were designed for equal populations from all districts and its accomplishment occasionally included some territory from two counties.

New Castle County
  • 1: Harris B. McDowell, III (D)
  • 2: Margaret Rose Henry (D)
  • 3: Robert I. Marshall (D)
  • 4: Charles L. Copeland (R)
  • 5: Catherine L. Cloutier (R)
  • 6: Liane M. Sorenson (R)
New Castle County
  • 7: Patricia M. Blevins (D)
  • 8: David P. Sokola (D)
  • 9: Karen E. Peterson (D)
  • 10: Steven H. Amick (R)
  • 11: Anthony J. DeLuca (D)
  • 12: Dorinda A. Connor (R)
  • 13: David B. McBride (D)
Kent County
Sussex County
  • 18: F. Gary Simpson (R)
  • 19: Thurman G. Adams, Jr. (D)
  • 20: George H. Bunting, Jr. (D)
  • 21: Robert L. Venables, Sr. (D)

House of Representatives[edit]

All the State Representatives were elected every two years for a two-year term. They were designed for equal populations from all districts and its accomplishment occasionally included some territory from two counties.

New Castle County
  • 1: Dennis P. Williams (D)
  • 2: Hazel D. Plant (D)
  • 3: Helene M. Keeley (D)
  • 4: Gerald L. Brady (D)
  • 5: Melanie George Marshall (D)
  • 6: Diana M. McWilliams (D)
  • 7: Wayne A. Smith (R)
  • 8: Bethany A. Hall-Long (D)
  • 9: Richard C. Cathcart (R)
  • 10: Robert J. Valihura, Jr. (R)
  • 11: Gregory F. Lavelle (R)
  • 12: Deborah D. Hudson (R)
  • 13: John L. Mitchell (D)
  • 14: Peter C. Schwartzkopf (D)
New Castle County
  • 15: Valerie J. Longhurst (D)
  • 16: James Johnson (D)
  • 17: Michael P. Mulrooney (D)
  • 18: Terry R. Spence (R)
  • 19: Robert F. Gilligan (D)
  • 20: Nick T. Manolakos (R)
  • 21: Pamela S. Maier (R)
  • 22: Joseph E. Miro (R)
  • 23: Teresa L. Schooley (D)
  • 24: William A. Oberle, Jr. (R)
  • 25: John Kowalko (D)
  • 26: John J. Viola (D)
  • 27: Vincent A. Loflink (R)
Kent County
  • 28: Bruce E. Ennis (D)
  • 29: Pamela J. Thornburg (R)
  • 30: William R. Outten (R)
  • 31: Nancy H. Wagner (R)
  • 32: Donna D. Stone (R)
  • 33: Robert E. Walls (D)
  • 34: Donald A. Blakey (R)
Sussex County
  • 35: J. Benjamin Ewing (R)
  • 36: V. George Carey (R)
  • 37: Joseph W. Booth (R)
  • 38: Gerald W. Hocker (R)
  • 39: Daniel B. Short (R)
  • 40: Clifford G. "Biff" Lee (R)
  • 41: John C. Atkins (R)
    • Gregory A. Hastings (R)


  • The 2007-2008 Legislative Roster. Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. 2007. 

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