Leadership selection delayed in Delaware

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November 14, 2012

By Jennifer Springer


DOVER, Delaware: Following the state senate elections on November 6, the new eight-member Republican state senate caucus has been unable to select its leadership positions. The man who has been in charge of leading the caucus for the past two sessions suffered a heart attack prior to the election and is still recovering.[1]

State senate minority leader F. Gary Simpson suffered a minor heart attack two weeks before election day.[1] Simpson ran unopposed for re-election for his District 18 seat in the November 6 general election.[1]

According to state senator Colin Bonini, Simpson is recovering well and should not have a problem returning to the senate.[1]

However, Bonini said he won’t call the caucus together for its leadership selection meeting until Simpson is recovered. As the most senior member of the caucus, it is Bonini’s responsibility to set up the meeting of the caucus prior to the reconvening of the full senate.[1]

Besides reaffirming the position of minority leader, the caucus the will also select the minority whip, who will serve as the minority leader's deputy.[1] Former state senator Liane Sorenson, who retired in 2012, held the position of minority whip last session.[1]

All new members of the Delaware General Assembly have already taken office, as the state Constitution defines the terms as beginning when they won their elections.[1] The state senate will convene a special session before the end of the year to act on judicial appointments from the governor and all new members will be sworn in at that time.[1]

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