Gerald Hocker

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Gerald Hocker
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Delaware State Senate District 20
In office
January 8, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 2
Minority Whip, Delaware State House of Representatives
Base salary$44,041/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Delaware House of Representatives District 38
Bachelor'sUniversity of Delaware
Date of birthJanuary 9, 1948
Place of birthLewes, DE
ProfessionBusiness owner
Office website
Campaign website
Gerald W. Hocker (b. January 9, 1948) is a Republican member of the Delaware State Senate, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Hocker served as a Republican member of the Delaware House of Representatives, representing District 38 from 2002 to 2013. During that time, he served as House Minority Whip.


Hocker owns G and E, Inc. and Hocker's Super Center.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Hocker served on the following committees:

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2015
Administrative Services/Elections
Adult & Juvenile Corrections
Labor & Industrial Relations
Joint Committee on Capital Improvement


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


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


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


Hocker's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 97 - "excludes from income taxes pensions received from the United States, including military retirement income, up to a maximum of $37,500.00 less any Social Security benefits paid by the United States in the taxable year."
  • HB 178 - "amends the municipal charter of the Town of Bethany Beach regarding penalties that may be imposed for violations of ordinances of the Town."
  • HB 203 - "This act designates strawberries as the official State fruit."

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



Hocker ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 11, 2012 and was challenged by Richard Eakle in the general election on November 6, 2012.

See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2012

Hocker announced in April 2012 that he would run for election to the State Senate in 2012. He sought election to the District 20 seat being vacated by George Bunting (D).[1][2]

Delaware State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGerald Hocker 68% 14,290
     Democratic Richard Eakle 32% 6,736
Total Votes 21,026


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hocker won re-election to the 38th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the primary or the November 2, 2010, general election.[3]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 38
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Gerald Hocker (R) 9,371 100%


On November 4, 2008, Hocker won re-election to the Delaware House of Representatives from Delaware's 38th District, defeating Mary Ryan (D). Hocker received 9,769 votes in the election while Ryan received 3,784 votes.[4] Hocker raised $43,280 for his campaign; Ryan raised $27,032.[5]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 38
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Gerald Hocker (R) 9,769 72.1%
Mary Ryan (D) 3,784 27.9%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hocker is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Hocker raised a total of $91,908 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[6]

Gerald Hocker's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State Senate, District 20 Won $27,708
2010 Delaware State House, District 38 Won $20,920
2008 Delaware State House, District 38 Won $43,280
Grand Total Raised $91,908


Hocker won re-election to the Delaware State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hocker raised a total of $27,708.


In 2010, Hocker raised $20,920 in contributions.[7]

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


Below are Hocker's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[8]

Contributor 2008 total
DE Chiropractic Society $650
Bayshore Plaza II $600
Preston & Debra Dyer $600
DE Assoc of Realtors $600
Rebecca Lockwood $600


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Delaware

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In 2013, the Delaware General Assembly was in session from January 8 through July 1.[9]

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


Hocker serves on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Trust Company and is the founder of Springtime Jamboree. He is also a member of the Better Business Bureau, Federation of Independent Business and Millville Fire Company.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
George Bunting (D)
Delaware State Senate District 20
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Delaware House District 38
Succeeded by
Ronald E. Gray (R)