Bryon Short

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Bryon Short
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Delaware House of Representatives District 7
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 7
Base salary$44,041/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedApril 2007
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSalisbury State University
Office website
Campaign website
Bryon H. Short is a Democratic member of the Delaware House of Representatives, representing District 7. He was first elected to the chamber after winning a special election in April 2007.


Short has previously been a caseworker for Congressman Thomas Carper.

Committee assignments


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

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce, Chair
Housing & Community Affairs
Revenue & Finance, Vice Chair
Veterans Affairs


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


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



Short's website highlights the following issues:[1]

  • Airplane noise - "Bryon Short has been working in conjunction with Senator Tom Carper and DelDOT to establish a permanent airplane noise monitor in our district."
  • Open Government & Ethics - "I am committed to making sure that government serves the public, not the special interests. To that end, one of my first official acts was to sign on as a sponsor of several bills making government more open and responsive."

Short's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 78 - "unlawful to sell or otherwise transfer a puppy until it is 8 weeks of age so their natural tendencies will be mitigated."
  • HB 149 - "limits compensation that may be received by mortgage loan brokers and licensed lenders who engage in mortgage loan modification services for homeowners."
  • HB 278 - "unlawful to sell or trade a cat or dog in an open-air market, including public highways and streets, commercial parking lots and flea markets."

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



See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Delaware House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 8, 2014. Incumbent Bryon H. Short is unopposed in the Democratic primary. C. Robert Wilson is running as a Libertarian.[2][3]


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2012

Short ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Delaware House of Representatives District 7. Short ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012 and defeated Daniel Lepre and Robert Wilson in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBryon Short Incumbent 68.2% 7,280
     Republican Daniel Lopre 30% 3,204
     Libertarian Robert Wilson 1.8% 188
Total Votes 10,672


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2010

Short won re-election to the 7th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Short defeated Judith Travis (R) and Scott Gesty in the November 2, 2010, general election.[5]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 6
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bryon Short (D) 4,983 56.9%
Judith Travis (R) 3,619 41.3%
Scott Gesty (Ind. Party of Delaware) 87 1.0%
Scott Gesty (L) 75 0.8%


On November 4, 2008, Short won re-election to the Delaware House of Representatives from Delaware's 7th District, defeating James Bowers (R). Short received 6,281 votes in the election, while Bowers received 4,443 votes.[6] Short raised $104,308 for his campaign; Bowers raised $99,063.[7]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 7
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bryon Short (D) 6,281 58.6%
James Bowers (R) 4,443 41.4%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Short is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Short raised a total of $245,823 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[8]

Bryon Short's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State House, District 7 Won $55,355
2010 Delaware State House, District 7 Won $86,160
2008 Delaware State House, District 7 Won $104,308
Grand Total Raised $245,823


Short won re-election to the Delaware House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Short raised a total of $55,355.
Delaware House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bryon Short's campaign in 2012
New Castle County Democratic Cmte$1,000
Delaware Contractors Association$600
Wilmington Trust Co$600
Cozen Oconnor Pc$600
Entertainment Software Association$600
Total Raised in 2012$55,355
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Short raised $86,160 in contributions.[9]

His largest contributor was the New Castle County Democratic Committee, which donated $1,000 to his campaign.


Below are Short's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
DE Democratic Party $1,700
New Castle County Chamber of Commerce $1,200
Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen $1,200
DE Trial Lawyers Assoc $1,200
John Joseph Cartier $1,200


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

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In 2013, the Delaware General Assembly was in its 146th session from January 8 through July 1.[11]


Short is a member of the Boys and Girls Club Board, Brandywine Young Men's Christian Association Board, Darley Civic Association member and a volunteer with the Highland Woods Chestnut Street Clean Up Crew.[12]

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