Michael Barbieri

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Michael Barbieri
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Delaware House of Representatives District 18
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 5
Base salary$44,041/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Delaware
Master'sTemple University, 1975
Ph.D.University of Delaware, 1989
BirthdayJuly 28, 1949
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
ProfessionExecutive Director, Crossroads of Delaware
Office website
Campaign website
Michael A. Barbieri (b. July 28, 1949) is a Democratic member of the Delaware House of Representatives, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.


Barbieri is executive director of Crossroads of Delaware and founder and director of Strategic Management Initiatives. He is a certified alcohol and drug counselor for the Delaware National Guard, and a licensed clinical social worker.


Barbieri's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 125 - "requires all unlicensed clinical social workers in Delaware to obtain a license for the continued practice of social work."
  • HB 190 - "authorizes and requires the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families to conduct drug testing of its employees."
  • HB 234 - "imposes a license requirement and fee of twenty five cents (25¢) per barrel upon any entity engaged in the commercial lightering of petroleum products on waters within the territorial jurisdiction of this State."

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

Campaign themes


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

  • Energy - "Monitor the activity of the energy companies, Encourage greater use of renewable sources, Provide energy credits for individuals who are investing in appliances or home repair that would create greater energy efficiency, Encourage competition for the purchase of energy"
  • Employment - "Create incentives and capital for Small business growth and new business development, Support development of new businesses in the area that would provide a living wage and necessary benefits, Encourage existing employers to provide appropriate wages and benefits for employees"
  • Education - "Provide greater support for teachers in the classroom, Make sure that money goes into the classroom and not the administration. Place a cap on what can go toward admin, Explore the development of more vocational classes, Provide support for the education system to better prepare youth for the labor market in Delaware, Focus on skills, not passing the standardized test"

Committee assignments


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

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2013
Gaming & Parimutuels
Health & Human Development, Chair
Natural Resources


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


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



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 Michael Barbieri will face Christopher A. Piecuch in the Democratic primary.[2][3]


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2012

Barbieri ran in the 2012 election for Delaware House of Representatives District 18. Barbieri ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012 and was unchallenged in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Barbieri Incumbent 100% 7,501
Total Votes 7,501


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2010

Barbieri won re-election to the 18th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Barbieri defeated Terry R. Spence in the November 2, 2010, general election.[5]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 18
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Barbieri (D) 3,115 53.0%
Terry R. Spence (R) 2,677 45.5%
Terry R. Spence (Working Families) 89 1.5%


On November 4, 2008, Barbieri won election to the Delaware House of Representatives from Delaware's 18th District, defeating Terry Spence (R). Barbieri received 4,164 votes in the election while Spence received 3,845 votes.[6] Barbieri raised $23,686 for his campaign; Spence raised $85,815.[7]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 18
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Barbieri (D) 4,164 52.0%
Terry Spence 3,845 48.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barbieri is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Barbieri raised a total of $65,622 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[8]

Michael Barbieri's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State House, District 18 Won $12,210
2010 Delaware State House, District 18 Won $29,726
2008 Delaware State House, District 18 Won $23,686
Grand Total Raised $65,622


Barbieri won re-election to the Delaware House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Barbieri raised a total of $12,210.
Delaware House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Barbieri's campaign in 2012
Cozen Oconnor Pc$600
Carpenters & Joiners Local 626$600
Ars New Castle Llc$600
Scientific Games International$600
Total Raised in 2012$12,210
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Barbieri raised $29,726 in contributions.[9]

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


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

Contributor 2008 total
DE Democratic Party $1,500
New Castle County Democratic Cmte $1,500
Progressive Delawarems for Delaware $600
Carper for Senate $600
Julie Lapadula $600


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


Barbieri is a member of the Caesar Rodney Rotary, Employee Assistance Professionals, National Association of Social Workers and chair of the Rotary Basket Brigade.[12]

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