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Daniel Short
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Delaware House of Representatives District 39
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 11
Minority Leader, Delaware State House of Representatives
Base salary$44,041/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Seaford
Associate'sUniversity of Delaware
ProfessionOwner, Short Insurance Associates
Office website
Campaign website
Daniel B. Short is a Republican member of the Delaware House of Representatives, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He currently serves as Minority Whip.

Short served as mayor of Seaford from 1998 to 2006 and was a member of the Seaford City Council from 1995 to 1999.


Short is the owner of Short Insurance Associates, former chief of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. and a former self-employed insurance agent.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2013
Gaming & Parimutuels
House Administration
House Rules
Veterans Affairs


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Short served on these committees:


Short's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 44 - "authorizes the State Fire Prevention Commission to incorporate a non-profit, non-stock corporation for the purpose of establishing, administering and operating an overnight camp devoted to helping young people who have suffered severe burns deal with the physical and emotional issues arising from such injuries."
  • HB 110 - "By exempting Delaware public schools from prevailing wage rates, the State could save approximately $15-30 million annually. There is a four (4) year exemption so the exemption can be properly evaluated to see the actual effect on the State budget and wage rates of construction workers."
  • HB 137 - "requires the Insurance Commissioner to arrange for random audits of small employer health insurance carriers doing business in Delaware."

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Campaign themes


Short's website highlighted the following campaign issues:[2]

  • EDUCATION: "We must allow our teachers to teach our children. Our testing system should be an instrument for learning and not just a generator of statistics. Accountability should be in place that also requires the involvement of parents to insure the success of education."
  • ECONOMY: "we should attract suitable businesses to our area to occupy the business parks that exist and change the trend that now is focused purely on Route 13 as part time positions without the security of any benefits. We need a change in our business environment in order to attract and keep business in Delaware."
  • ENVIRONMENT: "This topic encompasses not only the protection of our ponds and the Nanticoke River which are very important natural resources but also the quality of life issues that many take for granted."
  • GROWTH: "We should have growth but it needs to be controlled and sustained. It needs to be planned and not at the expense of current taxpayers. Our roads need to be greatly improved." "I plan to help replenish the Transportation Trust Fund."
  • DISASTER RELIEF FUND: "a common sense approach to deal with the financial impart of disaster relief. We need to act now to assure that we can financially deal with further emergencies."



See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Delaware House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 8, 2014. Incumbent Daniel B. Short was unopposed in the Republican primary and will face James W. Brittingham (L) in the general election.[3][4]


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2012

Short ran in the 2012 election for Delaware House of Representatives District 39. Short defeated Patrick J. Murray in the Republican primary on September 11, 2012 and was unchallenged in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Short Incumbent 100% 6,191
Total Votes 6,191
Delaware House of Representatives, District 39 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Short Incumbent 80.2% 1,046
Patrick Murray 19.8% 259
Total Votes 1,305


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2010

Short won re-election to the 39th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the primary or the November 2, 2010, general election.[6]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 39
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Short (R) 4,562 100%


On November 4, 2008, Short won re-election to the Delaware House of Representatives from Delaware's 39th District, defeating Jerry Semper (D and WFP). Short received 5,185 votes in the election while Semper received 2,352 votes.[7] Short raised $43,511 for his campaign; Semper raised $13,542.[8]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 39
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Short (R) 5,185 68.8%
Jerry Semper (D and WFP) 2,352 31.2%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Short is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Short raised a total of $96,677 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[9]

Daniel Short's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State House, District 39 Won $34,482
2010 Delaware State House, District 39 Won $18,684
2008 Delaware State House, District 39 Won $43,511
Grand Total Raised $96,677


Short won re-election to the Delaware House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Short raised a total of $34,482.
Delaware House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Daniel Short's campaign in 2012
Tunnell III, Robert W$1,200
Harrington Raceway$1,000
Cozen Oconnor Pc$900
Nonpartisan Citizens for Business Expansion$900
Delaware Standardbred Owners Association$600
Total Raised in 2012$34,482
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Short raised $18,684 in contributions.[10]

No contributions to his campaign were of $1,000 or more.


Below are Short's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[11]

Contributor 2008 total
DE Assoc of Realtors $1,100
Exxonmobil $700
Lammot Copeland, Jr. $600
Reybold Venture Group I $600
Andrew C Strine $600


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In 2013, the Delaware General Assembly was in session from January 8 through July 1.[12]

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

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