DOVER – Senate Democrats have nominated Sen. David McBride, D-Hawk’s Nest, to return to his position as President Pro Tempore of the 150th General Assembly. McBride has served in the General Assembly since 1978 and as President Pro Tempore since 2017.
“It is an honor and a privilege to receive my colleagues’ support to return to the Pro Tem’s chair,” said McBride. “I am ready to work with everyone – in my Caucus, across the aisle, and outside of the Senate – to continue advancing the work that our constituents elected us to do: growing an economy that supports workers and a vibrant middle class; protecting our health and environment; and ensuring that social, educational, and economic opportunity are available to all.”
The Senate will formally elect the President Pro Tempore when it returns to session on January 8, 2019.
The Senate Majority has also elected Sen. Nicole Poore, D-New Castle, to succeed former Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington, as Majority Leader. Henry retired this year after 24 years of service to the 2nd Senate District.
Poore was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and has served as Senate Majority Whip since November 2017.
“I am proud that our Caucus is not only growing, but changing to more closely represent the people of this state and their beliefs,” Poore said. “It’s our duty to reaffirm each day our commitment to improving our schools, fighting for public safety and social justice, and ensuring that our approach to governing is both principled and responsible. Sen. Henry was unconditionally devoted to that vision, and I intend to follow in her footsteps as a fighter and a steward for Delawareans’ values.”
Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, will round out the Senate Majority’s leadership team as Majority Whip.
Townsend was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and has regularly been one of the General Assembly’s most prolific legislators, leading the charge on a host of issues ranging from gun safety and clean water to open government and campaign finance reform.
“Joining Senate leadership is both an opportunity and an incredible responsibility that I do not take lightly,” said Townsend. “I’m thankful for my colleagues’ faith in my ability to carry out these duties and will honor their confidence. All of us come from different backgrounds and experiences, but we are united by a shared belief that government works best when it is committed to doing what is right, not what is easy; to fighting for everyone, not just the privileged few; and to knowing how and where to find common ground with those whose beliefs differ from our own.”