Ernesto Lopez

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Ernesto Lopez
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Delaware State Senate District 6
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
Office website
Campaign website
Ernesto Lopez is a Republican member of the Delaware State Senate, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2015
Children, Youth & Families
Health & Social Services
Joint Sunset


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


Campaign themes


Lopez's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Jobs and Our Local Coastal Economy

  • Excerpt: "Working to increase jobs and improve our local coastal economy is the number one priority of my legislative work. Promoting tourism and entrepreneurship, along with pulling together a district that has one of the widest economic disparity levels in the state, is a responsibility I take seriously. I take a great deal of pride in being pragmatic and conscientious, working to build consensus towards improvements and solutions to challenges facing our businesses community which is the backbone of the 6th District."

Public Safety in our Neighborhoods

  • Excerpt: "We can’t grow a community where people don’t feel safe, where home invasions are on the rise and children are being taken advantage of by people in positions of trust. 6th District residents know how high I place the needs of our most vulnerable populations in every major decision I face in Legislative Hall. By sponsoring bills and serving on legislative tasks forces charged with creating real policy changes to how we improve public safety, I will continue to fight to ensure that the 6th District is a safe and peaceful place to live."

Transportation in the Cape Region

  • Excerpt: "Improving transportation in our growing district is a key area that I tackle head on in my role as the only Senator from either party representing Sussex County on the Senate Highways and Transportation committee. Main Street USA in the 6th District is called Delaware Route 1 and every day I work with district residents, law enforcement and traffic safety officials to find better means of improving the safety of the public whether they travel by car, bus, bike or on foot. I was proud to be a member of the bipartisan Route 1 Pedestrian Safety Task Force whose 2014 recommendations were put into place to make improvements in public safety on our busiest thoroughfare."

Education Here at Home

  • Excerpt: "I feel as though I am uniquely qualified to take the lead on education issues in our state as member of the Senate Education Committee, a 15 year employee of the University of Delaware and most importantly as a parent of two children attending public schools in eastern Sussex County. We need continued focus on early childhood education as a foundation for growth in addition to increasing opportunities and services for students with special needs. Finally, we need to continue to work hand and hand with our tremendous local teachers and administrators in creating atmospheres of learning and growth in our schools that are fair and equitable for all."



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. Claire R. Snyder-Hall was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Ernesto B. Lopez was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lopez defeated Snyder-Hall in the general election.[2][3][4]

Delaware State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngErnesto B. Lopez Incumbent 63.4% 11,633
     Democratic Claire R. Snyder-Hall 36.6% 6,718
Total Votes 18,351


See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2012

Lopez ran in the 2012 election for Delaware State Senate District 6. Lopez defeated Glen Urquhart in the Republican primary on September 11, 2012 and defeated Andrew W. Statonand Gwendolyn M. Jones in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Delaware State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngErnesto Lopez 56.1% 13,603
     Democratic Andrew Staton 42.7% 10,352
     Libertarian Gwendolyn Jones 1.2% 286
Total Votes 24,241
Delaware State Senate, District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngErnesto Lopez 54.9% 2,163
Glen Urquhart 45.1% 1,779
Total Votes 3,942

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lopez is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Lopez raised a total of $125,845 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[7]

Ernesto's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State Senate, District 6 Won $125,845
Grand Total Raised $125,845


Lopez won election to the Delaware State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Lopez raised a total of $125,845.


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Liane Sorenson (R)
Delaware State Senate District 6
Succeeded by