John Atkins

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John Atkins
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Delaware House of Representatives District 41
Former member
In office
2009 - 2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Delaware House of Representatives District 41
ProfessionOwner, Blue Hen Disposal
John C. Atkins is a former Democratic member of the Delaware House of Representatives, representing District 41 from 2009 to 2015. He switched parties, from Republican to Democrat, in 2008.


Atkins is the owner of Blue Hen Disposal.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Chair
Gaming & Parimutuels
Manufactured Housing
Natural Resources
Telecommunication Internet & Technology, Vice Chair
Veterans Affairs


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


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


Atkins's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 107 - "requires that any rental payments or rental increases shall be paid in equal, pro rata, amounts extended equally over a calendar year. Any requirement of a lump sum payment for rent shall be forbidden, unless the tenant requests such payment, and the owner/landlord agrees to such lump sum payment."
  • HB 215 - "The State of Delaware spent more than 9 million dollars in FY2008 publishing legal notices in newspapers throughout the State. This Act will use the internet as a means to modernize the notice requirements for procurement bids, agency meetings, and public hearings. This Act will require State agencies to electronically publish notice of all procurement contracts subject to the bid requirements of Chapter 69 of Title 29 by January 1, 2010."
  • HB 258 - "increases, from $34.50 to $65.00, the filing fee assessed by the Superior Court in connection with an application for a license to carry a concealed deadly weapon."

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

Resignation from safety committee

After making derogatory statements about a policeman, State Rep. John Atkins resigned from the Delaware House of Representatives' public safety committee in late March 2012.[2]

After he was pulled over for speeding, Atkins complained about the traffic officer in a strongly worded email to state police. According to reports, the email blasted the policeman and hinted that the representative could seek revenge in the legislature. Atkins has said that media have misconstrued his email, but did not specify how. Because of resulting media outcry, Atkins resigned his position on the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.[2]

Atkins had recently come under scrutiny over tire-burning on his father-in-law's property. A former state trooper confronted Atkins at the scene, and wound up punching Atkins. The ex-trooper says Atkins has covered up his complicity in the tire-burning. Atkins says he was not involved the illegal activity, and his father-in-law plead guilty. The state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control reviewed the incident and decided not to charge Rep. Atkins.[3]



See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Delaware House of Representatives 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 John C. Atkins was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Richard G. Collins was unopposed in the Republican primary. Atkins was defeated by Collins in the general election.[4][5][6]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 41, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard G. Collins 52.2% 3,189
     Democratic John C. Atkins Incumbent 47.8% 2,919
Total Votes 6,108


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2012

Atkins ran in the 2012 election for Delaware House of Representatives District 41. Atkins ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012 and defeated Richard Collins in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 41, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Atkins Incumbent 50.4% 4,421
     Republican Richard Collins 49.6% 4,352
Total Votes 8,773


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Atkins won re-election in the 41st District. He defeated Gregory A. Hastings in the general election.[8]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 41
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Atkins (D) 4,865 55.3%
Gregory A. Hastings (R) 3,926 44.7%


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Atkins won election to the Delaware House of Representatives from Delaware's 41st District, defeating Gregory Hastings (R). Atkins received 5,665 votes in the election while Hastings received 5,025 votes.[9] Atkins raised $85,559 for his campaign; Hastings raised $76,346.[10]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 41
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Atkins (D) 5,665 53.0%
Gregory Hastings (R) 5,025 47.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Atkins is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Atkins raised a total of $124,322 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[11]

John Atkins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State House, District 41 Won $27,996
2010 Delaware State House, District 41 Won $10,767
2008 Delaware State House, District 41 Won $85,559
Grand Total Raised $124,322


Atkins won re-election to the Delaware House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Atkins raised a total of $27,996.


In 2010, Atkins raised $10,767 in contributions.[12]

No contributions to his campaign were of $1,000 or more.


Below are Atkins's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[13]

Contributor 2008 total
John C Atkins $53,000
William J & Susan M Riddle $2,500
41st Representative Democratic District Cmte $1,500
Sussex County Democratic Exec Cmte $900
Ellis Farms $600


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In 2013, the Delaware General Assembly was in session from January 8 through July 1.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Delaware House District 41
Succeeded by
Richard Collins (R)