William Outten

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William Outten
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Delaware House of Representatives District 30
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 9
Base salary$44,041/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sDelaware Technical and Community College
BirthdayOctober 1. 1948
Place of birthMilford, DE
Office website
William R. "Bobby" Outten (b. October 1, 1948) is a Republican member of the Delaware House of Representatives, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.


Outten has worked as a meter reader for Conectiv and as a supervisor for Delmarva Power and Light.

Committee assignments


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

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Safety & Homeland Security
Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability)
Veterans Affairs


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


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


Outten's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 251 - "amends the Town Charter of the Town of Felton to prohibit family members from serving on or running for the Town Council concurrently."

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



See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Delaware House of Representatives 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. Jonathan E. Gallo was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent William R. Outten was unopposed in the Republican primary. Gallo will face Outten and Gordon Gene Smith (L) in the general election.[1][2]


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2012

Outten ran in the 2012 election for Delaware House of Representatives District 30. Outten ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 11, 2012 and defeated Gordon Smith (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Outten Incumbent 91.9% 5,906
     Libertarian Gordon Smith 8.1% 520
Total Votes 6,426


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2010

Outten won re-election to the 30th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the primary election or the November 2, 2010, general election.[4]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 30
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png William Outten (R) 5,514 100%


On November 4, 2008, Outten won re-election to the Delaware House of Representatives from Delaware's 30th District. Outten ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 6,921 votes.[5] Outten raised $14,411 for his campaign.[6]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Outten is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Outten raised a total of $38,405 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[7]

William Outten's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State House, District 30 Won $10,690
2010 Delaware State House, District 30 Won $13,304
2008 Delaware State House, District 30 Won $14,411
Grand Total Raised $38,405


Outten won re-election to the Delaware House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Outten raised a total of $10,690.
Delaware House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Outten's campaign in 2012
Delaware Racing Association$600
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 782$600
Kent County Republican Cmte$600
Harrington Recovery Inc$600
Delaware Association of Realtors$600
Total Raised in 2012$10,690
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Outten raised $13,304 in contributions.[8]

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


Below are Outten's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
Associated Builders & Contractors $600
Nonpartisan Citizens for Business Expansion $600
DE Racing Assoc $600
DE Citizens for Economic Development $600
Altria $500


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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."


He serves as governor of the Delaware Jaycees, and is a member of the Harrington High School Scholarship Foundation Board, Harrington Lions Company, Harrington Moose Lodge and Harrington Sons of American Legion.[11]

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