Delaware State Senate District 17

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Delaware State Senate District 17
Current incumbentBrian Bushweller Democratic Party
Ethnicity36.7% Black, 5.5% Hispanic[1]
Voting age77.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Delaware’s seventeenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Brian Bushweller.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 47,176 civilians reside within Delaware's seventeenth 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, 2014

Elections for the office of Delaware State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 8, 2014. Incumbent Brian J. Bushweller was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Kim E. Warfield was unopposed in the Republican primary. Bushweller defeated Warfield in the general election.[8][9][10]

Delaware State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrian J. Bushweller Incumbent 60% 5,811
     Republican Kim E. Warfield 40% 3,881
Total Votes 9,692


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 Brian Bushweller (D) ran unopposed in the February 7 primary election before winning the general election without opposition.[11] [12]

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Delaware State Senate District 17 have raised a total of $567,076. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $81,011 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Delaware State Senate District 17
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $52,696 1 $52,696
2008 $189,776 2 $94,888
2004 $274,290 3 $91,430
2002 $50,314 1 $50,314
Total $567,076 7 $81,011

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