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Robert Venables
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Delaware State Senate District 21
In office
1989 - Present
Term ends
January 2015
Years in position 25
Base salary$44,041/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1988
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
BirthdayJanuary 21, 1933
Place of birthBethel, DE
Office website
Robert L. Venables Sr. (b. January 21, 1933) is a Democratic member of the Delaware State Senate, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 1988.


Venables did not attend college and is a full-time senator.

Committee assignments


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

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2013
Bond, Chair
Community/County Affairs
Energy & Transit
Natural Resources & Environmental Control


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Venables served on these committees:[1]



See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Delaware State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 8, 2014. Incumbent Robert L. Venables, Sr. was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Bryant L. Richardson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Venables and will face Richardson and John Potter (L) in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2012

Venables ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Delaware State Senate District 21. Venables ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012 and defeated Bryant Richardson and John Potter in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Delaware State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Venables Incumbent 55.9% 8,955
     Republican Bryant Richardson 43% 6,889
     Libertarian John Potter 1.2% 187
Total Votes 16,031


On November 4, 2008, Venables won re-election to the Delaware State Senate from Delaware's 21st Senate District. Venables ran unopposed in the election and received 12,603 votes.[6] Venables raised $11,050 for his campaign in 2008.[7]

Delaware State Senate, District 21 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Venables (D) 12,603 100.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Venables is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Venables raised a total of $29,570 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[8]

Roberts's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State Senate, District 21 Won $18,370
2010 Delaware State Senate, District 21 Not up for election $150
2008 Delaware State Senate, District 21 Won $11,050
Grand Total Raised $29,570


Venables won re-election to the Delaware State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Venables raised a total of $18,370.
Delaware State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Venables's campaign in 2012
Hertrich III, Fred W$600
Delaware State Chamber Of Commerce$600
Polly A Mervine Trust$600
Merits Financial$600
Associated Builders & Contractors$600
Total Raised in 2012$18,370
Source:Follow the Money

2010 (Off-cycle)

Delaware State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Venables's campaign in 2010
Medco Health Solutions$150
Total Raised in 2010 $150


In 2008, Venables collected $11,050 in contributions.[9] The ten largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce $1,200
Delaware Association of Realtors $600
Den PAC $600
Alan R. Bradley, Jr. $600
French and Ryan, Inc. $600
Oldcastle Materials $600
Altria $600
Alan R. Bradley Jr. $600
Karen A. Bradley $600
Home Builders' Association of Delaware $600


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In 2013, the Delaware General Assembly was in session from January 8 through July 1.[10]

Legislators are scored on their stances on "social and economic justice issues."


Robert has a wife, Laura.

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Delaware Senate District 21
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