The Delaware Senate Education Committee just got very interesting. While it is still five members, the composition of the committee includes two rookie Senators. Long-time Chair, Senator David Sokola, is still on the committee as one of three Democrats. Senator Laura Sturgeon will be the Chair while Senator Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman will be the Vice-Chair. The five member group also has Republican Senators Anthony Delcollo and Ernie Lopez.
Gone are Senators Brian Pettyjohn, Bryan Townsend, and Jack Walsh who were on the Senate Education Committee last year.
Having Sturgeon as Chair is big news for Delaware education. She served on the Delaware State Education Association Executive Committee for many years. Lockman as Vice-Chair is also an interesting choice.
As I reported the other day, a rookie Senator has been appointed to the Joint Finance Committee. While I thought it was one person, it is actually Laura Sturgeon who will serve on the JFC.
Many have wondered if David Sokola will make this his last term and resign after 26 years in the State Senate. Sokola is synonymous with the Senate Education Committee so to see him take a step back like this is shocking. While we still have State Rep. Earl Jaques as Chair of the House Education Committee, the powerhouse combo of himself and Sokola as the leaders in education legislation movement is officially over.
The Chair of the Senate Education Committee chooses the agenda for which bills are heard in Committee as well as bringing the bills to the floor for a vote when they are released from Committee. Interesting times indeed!