Richard Cathcart

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Richard Cathcart
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Delaware House of Representatives District 9
Former member
Term in office began
1978-82, 1998
Term in office ended
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Richard Cathcart is a former Republican member of the Delaware House of Representatives, representing District 9 from 1978 to 82 and 1998 to 2010. He served as Minority Leader.


Cathcart's professional experience includes working as Associate Vice President of University Operations and Director of Purchasing and General Services at Delaware State University.[1]

Committee assignments



Cathcart's sponsored legislation included:

  • HB 37 - "adds various protections to the Mental Health Patients’ Bill of Rights Act, including safeguards in administration of restraint and requirement of an enhanced patient grievance system for DPC patients."
  • HB 38 - "requires mental hospitals and residential centers covered by the Mental Health Patients’ Bill of Rights Act to report deaths and critical incidents to the State Protection & Advocacy Agency which is authorized by federal law to investigate such occurrences."
  • HB 41 - "establishes a community mental health treatment act with rights paralleling those of patients in the substance abuse treatment system."
  • HB 72 - "gives the Division of Motor Vehicles the ability to suspend the driver license of a registered sex offender if the registered sex offender does not report to the Division for an updated driver license as required"

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



See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cathcart did not seek re-election to the 9th District seat in 2010.


On November 4, 2008, Cathcart won re-election to the Delaware House of Representatives from Delaware's 9th District, defeating Rebecca Walker (D). Cathcart received 7,436 votes in the election; Walker received 6,375.[2] Cathcart raised $78,758 for his campaign; Walker raised $30,632.[3]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 9
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Cathcart (R) 7,436 53.8%
Rebecca Walker (D) 6,375 46.2%

Campaign donors


Below are Cathcart's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[4]

Contributor 2008 total
AT&T $800
DE Standardbred Owners Assoc $700
David S Swayze $650
Nonpartisan Citizens for Business Expansion $600
DE Trial Lawyers Assoc $600

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Preceded by
Delaware House District 9
Succeeded by
Rebecca Walker