Delaware State Legislature

The Delaware General Assembly is the state legislature of Delaware.  The Delaware General Assembly is a bicameral body consisting of the Delaware Senate with 21 Senators and the Delaware House of Representatives with 41 Representatives.  It meets at the Legislative Hall in Dover.  Members are elected from single member districts, all apportioned to roughly equal populations after each U.S. census.  About one half of the Senate is elected every two years for a four year term, and the entire House of Represenatives is elected every two years for a two year term.  Vacancies are filled through special elections.  The Delaware General Assembly does not have term limits.

The Delaware Senate is the upper house of the Delaware General Assembly.  The Senate can confirm or reject gubernatorial appointments to the state cabinet, commissions, boards, or justices to the Delaware Supreme Court.  The Lieutenant Governor of Delaware serves as the President of the Senate.  The Lieutenant Governor of Delaware only casts a vote if required to break a tie.  The President Pro Tempore presides over the Senate in his or her absence.  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.

The Delaware House of Representatives is the lower house of the Delaware General Assembly.  From 1776 to 1792, the chamber was known as the House of Assembly.  The House of Representatives is composed of 41 Representatives from an equal amount of constituencies, each of whom is elected to a two year term.  The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives.  Members of the House of Representatives must be citizens of the United States, have lived in Delaware for three years, and have been a resident of their constituent district for at least one year preceding their election.  They must be at least 24 years old by the time of their election.

Delaware General Assembly


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