The 149th Delaware General Assembly just completed at 8:30am this morning. An upcoming election will bring many new faces to Legislative Hall as ten State Representatives are either retiring or, in two cases, running for the Delaware Senate. That is almost 25% of the House. On the Senate side, three of them are retiring as well which represents a little over 14% of the Senate. On the House side, 6 Democrats are retiring and 4 Republicans. For the Senate, 2 Democrats and 1 Republican are retiring, including the ONLY African-American in the Senate. There are many female and African-American candidates running for seats which could improve the below numbers. There are NO African-Americans in either the Republican House or Republican Senate. But that could change as well!
SENATE (21 seats)
Men: 17 members, 81% (2 leaving)
Women: 4 members, 19% (1 leaving)
White: 19 members, 90.5% (2 leaving)
African-American: 1 member, 4.75% (1 leaving)
Hispanic: 1 member, 4.75%
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (41 seats)
Men: 32 members, 78% (8 leaving)
Women: 9 members, 22% (2 leaving)
White: 37 members, 90% (8 leaving)
African-American: 3 members, 7.25% (1 leaving)
Hispanic: 1 member, 2.25% (1 leaving)
Men: 49 members, 79%
Women: 13 members, 21%
White: 56 members, 90%
African-American: 4 members, 6.5%
Hispanic: 2 members, 3.5%
DELAWARE 2010 CENSUS DEMOGRAPHICS
When you compare Delaware’s population to that of our legislators, the numbers don’t match up. That is, in large part, based on how the districts are mapped for State Rep and State Senate seats. As well, it also depends on who votes! I predict, with the 2020 census, the Hispanic population will be bigger.
There are more women in Delaware but they only make up for 22% of our legislators. Those numbers could change in the next election, along with African-Americans but it will be tough to get them to match up with Delaware’s population. We could see some new minorities enter the mix come January 2019 as well!