Ethics Committee, Delaware House of Representatives

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The Ethics Committee is a standing committee of the Delaware House of Representatives.

Per the House Rules, committees of the Delaware House of Representatives are assigned by the Speaker of the House.[1] Committees are assigned at the beginning of each legislative session. [2] Any vacancies that have occurred will be filled by the Speaker of the House.[3] The Speaker shall appoint a chairperson of each committee, and may designate a vice-chairperson to act as the chairperson in the chairperson's absence.[4] Four members or a majority make up a committee's quorum. [5]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Resolution 3


The powers and duties of the Ethics Committee shall be as follows:
(1) to recommend to the House, from time to time, such rules of conduct for members of the House as it shall deem appropriate;
(2) to issue written advisory opinions upon the request of any member as to the applicability of any Rule of Legislative Conduct to any particular fact situation;
(3) to investigate any alleged violation by a member of any Rule of Legislative Conduct and, after notice and hearing, to recommend to the House by resolution such disciplinary action as the committee may deem appropriate;
(4) to report to the appropriate federal or State authorities any substantial evidence of a violation by any member of any law involving a Rule of Legislative Conduct which may come to its attention in connection with any proceeding whether advisory or investigative;
(5) to maintain a file of its proceedings and advisory opinions with a view toward achieving consistency of opinions and recommendations. Upon the request of a legislator involved in an advisory opinion, to publish that advisory opinion;
(6) to follow such rules of procedure for ethics violations as may be adopted by the House, and to establish such other procedural rules as shall not be inconsistent with the rules prescribed by the House;
(7) to act only upon a majority vote of its members; and
(8) such other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the House from time to time.[6][7]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Ethics Members, 2015
Democratic members (3)Republican members (2)
Valerie Longhurst, ChairDeborah Hudson
Peter SchwartzkopfDaniel Short
John Viola


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.



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