Bryan Townsend

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Bryan Townsend
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Delaware State Senate District 11
In office
January 8, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 7, 2019
Years in position 2
Base salary$44,041/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
High schoolGlasgow High School (1999)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Delaware (2003), (2004)
Master'sUniversity of Delaware (2003), University of Cambridge (2006)
J.D.Yale University (2009)
Office website
Campaign website
Bryan Townsend is a Democratic member of the Delaware State Senate, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Townsend graduated from Glasgow High School in 1999. In 2003, he graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. and an M.A. in Economics. In 2004, he graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Philosophy and Biology. In 2006, he graduated from the University of Cambridge in England and Peking University in China with an M.A. in Chinese. Townsend went on to earn a law degree from Yale Law School.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2015
Adult & Juvenile Corrections
Banking and Business, Chair
Public Safety
Veterans Affairs
Joint Sunset


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


Campaign themes


Townsend's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt: "We as Delawareans need to rethink our approach to education so that it better reflects the realities of the 21st Century. We must work hard to build stronger bonds between students, teachers, parents, and administrators to ensure our public schools are the vibrant bedrock of our community. Chief among the changes we must make is a halt to the increasing emphasis on high-stakes standardized tests."

Jobs & Economy

  • Excerpt: "A dynamic system of training and re-training programs available for Delaware workers. Technological improvements and consumer demand are not static. Responsive re-training programs will ensure that Delaware workers are able to adjust rapidly to changes in industry and demand for certain skills."

Civil Rights

  • Excerpt: "I have always supported treating people equally regardless of their race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, religion, or disability. My belief is that the Golden Rule should guide our decisions in government; this means not only enforcing formal anti-discrimination statutes, but also supporting laws, policies, and programs that help to end disparate impacts or discrimination when it occurs subtly."

Criminal Justice

  • Excerpt: "One of the most fundamental roles of government is to protect its citizens. And one of the most important ways for our State government to provide that protection and keep our community safe and orderly is to be both tough and smart on crime."

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Excerpt: "The state of Delaware’s infrastructure is vitally important, to the safety of all

Delawareans as well as to Delaware’s current and future economy. Our transportation network is something that most Delawareans utilize each day. Maintenance of our bridges and roads is of the utmost importance."



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 Bryan Townsend defeated David L. Tackett in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Delaware State Senate, District 11 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBryan Townsend Incumbent 78.1% 1,253
David L. Tackett 21.9% 352
Total Votes 1,605


See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2012

Townsend ran in the 2012 election for Delaware State Senate District 11. Townsend defeated incumbent Anthony DeLuca in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012 and defeated Evan Queitsch in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Delaware State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBryan Townsend 78.4% 12,860
     Republican Evan Queitsch 21.6% 3,550
Total Votes 16,410
Delaware State Senate, District 11 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBryan Townsend 57.8% 1,441
Anthony DeLuca Incumbent 42.2% 1,054
Total Votes 2,495

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Townsend is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Townsend raised a total of $71,153 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[9]

Bryan Townsend's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State Senate, District 11 Won $71,153
Grand Total Raised $71,153


Townsend won election to the Delaware State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Townsend raised a total of $71,153.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Anthony DeLuca (D)
Delaware State Senate District 11
Succeeded by