Bruce Ennis

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Bruce Ennis
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Delaware State Senate District 14
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 8
Base salary$44,041/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthMarch 25, 1939
Place of birthSmyrna, DE
Office website
Bruce C. Ennis (b. March 25, 1939) is a Democratic member of the Delaware State Senate, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.

Ennis served as a member of the Delaware House of Representatives from 1982 to 2007.


Ennis attended the Delaware State Police Training Academy. He was a state police officer before becoming a state legislator.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ennis served on the following committees:

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2013
Adult & Juvenile Corrections, Chair
Agriculture, Chair
Finance, Chair
Small Business
Veterans Affairs


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ennis served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ennis served on these committees:[1]



See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2012

Ennis ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Delaware State Senate District 14. Ennis ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012 and defeated Scott Unruh in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Delaware State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Ennis Incumbent 61.1% 12,031
     Republican Scott Unruh 38.9% 7,652
Total Votes 19,683


See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2010

Ennis ran for re-election to the 14th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the September 14 primary. Ennis defeated John A. Moritz (R) in the November 2, 2010, general election.[4]

Delaware State Senate District 14 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Ennis 65.6% 12,239
     Republican John A. Moritz Incumbent 34.4% 6,427
Total Votes 18,666

2007 Special election

On November 3, 2007, Ennis won election to the Delaware State Senate from Delaware's 14th Senate District in a special election to replace the late Senator James T. Vaughn. Ennis received 4,272 votes, defeating Joanne Christian (R and Independent Party of Delaware), who received 2,013 votes.[5]

Delaware State Senate, District 14 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Ennis (D) 4,272
Joanne Christian (R and I) 2,013

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ennis is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Ennis raised a total of $93,241 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[6]

Bruce Ennis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State Senate, District 14 Won $37,300
2010 Delaware State Senate, District 14 Won $40,623
2008 Delaware State Senate, District 14 Not up for election $15,318
Grand Total Raised $93,241


Ennis won re-election to the Delaware State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ennis raised a total of $37,300.
Delaware State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bruce Ennis's campaign in 2012
New Castle County Democratic Cmte$2,500
Entertainment Software Association$600
Cozen Oconnor Pc$600
Delaware Park Management Co$600
Democratic Senate Victory Pac$600
Total Raised in 2012$37,300
Source:Follow the Money


Delaware State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bruce Ennis's campaign in 2010
Delaware Racing Association$1,200
Schreppler III, George B$800
Delaware Automobile & Truck Dealers Association$700
Delaware Education Association$600
CFG Health Systems$600
Total Raised in 2010 $40,623


In 2008, a year in which his seat was not up for re-election, Ennis collected $15,318 in contributions.[7] The six largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Ned Davis and Associates $608
Delaware Racing Association $600
Blackbird Hundred Democrat Club $600
Joseph T. Conway $600
Committee to Elect Jim Vaughn $600
Teamsters Local 326 $600


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In 2013, the Delaware General Assembly was in session from January 8 through July 1.[8]

Legislators are scored on their stances on "social and economic justice issues."


Bruce has a wife, Grace.

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Preceded by
Delaware Senate District 14
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