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Delaware State Senate District 15

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Delaware State Senate District 15
Current incumbentDavid G. Lawson Republican Party
Ethnicity16.1% Black, 3.3% Hispanic[1]
Voting age74.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Delaware’s fifteenth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator David G. Lawson.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 51,296 civilians reside within Delaware's fifteenth 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. Incumbent David G. Lawson (R) defeated Catherine Samardza (I) and Kathleen Cooke (D) in the general election. The candidates ran unopposed in the February 7 primary elections.[8] [9]

Delaware State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Lawson Incumbent 50.6% 9,547
     Democratic Kathleen Cooke 47.7% 9,004
     Independent Catherine Samardza 1.7% 324
Total Votes 18,875

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Delaware State Senate District 15 have raised a total of $331,751. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $30,159 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Delaware State Senate District 15
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $74,785 4 $18,696
2010 $95,943 2 $47,972
2006 $41,625 1 $41,625
2002 $7,100 1 $7,100
2000 $112,298 3 $37,433
Total $331,751 11 $30,159

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