Delaware State Senate District 1

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Delaware State Senate District 1
Current incumbentHarris McDowell Democratic Party
Ethnicity28.8% Black, 3.7% Hispanic[1]
Voting age80.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Delaware’s first state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Harris McDowell.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 34,728 civilians reside within Delaware's first state senate district.[2] Delaware state senators represent an average of 42,759 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 37,314 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Delaware State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits.[5] Delaware legislators assume office the day after their election.


Article II, Section 3 of the Delaware Constitution states: No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty-seven years and have been a citizen and inhabitant of the State three years next preceding the day of his election and the last year of that term an inhabitant of the Senatorial District in which he shall be chosen, unless he shall have been absent on the public business of the United States or of this State.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Delaware legislature are paid $42,750 per year. Legislators are allowed a maximum of $7,334 in expenses annually.[6]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Senate President must call for a special election. The election must be called for no later than 30 days after the vacancy happened. The Governor may make the declaration if the Senate is not in session. The date of the election must be set no later than 10 days after a declaration was made.[7]



See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Delaware State Senate consisted of a primary election on February 11, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 6, 2012. A total of 21 seats were up for election in 2012. Incumbent Harris McDowell defeated James Martin and David Brady in the February 7 primary elections, before defeating Bryan Lintz (L) and Robert Clark (I) in the general election.[8] [9]

Delaware State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHarris McDowell Incumbent 85.3% 15,155
     Independent Robert Clark 11.6% 2,054
     Libertarian Bryan Lintz 3.1% 555
Total Votes 17,764
Delaware State Senate, District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHarris McDowell Incumbent 52.2% 2,342
David D. Brady 36% 1,613
James Martin 11.8% 528
Total Votes 4,483

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Delaware State Senate District 1 have raised a total of $396,750. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $23,338 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Delaware State Senate District 1
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $67,430 5 $13,486
2010 $13,619 1 $13,619
2006 $177,406 6 $29,568
2002 $69,324 3 $23,108
2000 $68,971 2 $34,486
Total $396,750 17 $23,338

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