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Daniel Short

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Daniel Short
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Delaware House of Representatives District 39
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 12
Minority Whip, Delaware State House of Representatives
Base salary$42,750/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Seaford
Associate'sUniversity of Delaware
ProfessionOwner, Short Insurance Associates
Office website
Campaign website
Daniel Short is a Republican member of the Delaware House of Representatives, representing the 39th District since 2002. He currently serves as Minority Whip.

Short served as Mayor of Seaford from 1998-2006, and was a member of the Seaford City Council from 1995-1999.

He is the owner of Short Insurance Associates, past Chief of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, Incorporated, and was a self-employed insurance agent.[1]

Issue positions

On his website Short outlines his vision. It includes:[2]

  • EDUCATION: "We must allow our teachers to teach our children. Our testing system should be an instrument for learning and not just a generator of statistics. Accountability should be in place that also requires the involvement of parents to insure the success of education."
  • ECONOMY: "we should attract suitable businesses to our area to occupy the business parks that exist and change the trend that now is focused purely on Route 13 as part time positions without the security of any benefits. We need a change in our business environment in order to attract and keep business in Delaware."
  • ENVIRONMENT: "This topic encompasses not only the protection of our ponds and the Nanticoke River which are very important natural resources but also the quality of life issues that many take for granted."
  • GROWTH: "We should have growth but it needs to be controlled and sustained. It needs to be planned and not at the expense of current taxpayers. Our roads need to be greatly improved." "I plan to help replenish the Transportation Trust Fund."
  • DISASTER RELIEF FUND: "a common sense approach to deal with the financial impart of disaster relief. We need to act now to assure that we can financially deal with further emergencies."

Committee assignments


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

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2013
Gaming & Parimutuels
House Administration
House Rules
Veterans Affairs


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


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

Short's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 44 - "authorizes the State Fire Prevention Commission to incorporate a non-profit, non-stock corporation for the purpose of establishing, administering and operating an overnight camp devoted to helping young people who have suffered severe burns deal with the physical and emotional issues arising from such injuries."
  • HB 110 - "By exempting Delaware public schools from prevailing wage rates, the State could save approximately $15-30 million annually. There is a four (4) year exemption so the exemption can be properly evaluated to see the actual effect on the State budget and wage rates of construction workers."
  • HB 137 - "requires the Insurance Commissioner to arrange for random audits of small employer health insurance carriers doing business in Delaware."

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



See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2012

Short ran in the 2012 election for Delaware House of Representatives District 39. Short defeated Patrick J. Murray in the Republican primary on September 11, 2012 and was unchallenged in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Short Incumbent 100% 6,191
Total Votes 6,191

Delaware House of Representatives, District 39 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Short Incumbent 80.2% 1,046
Patrick Murray 19.8% 259
Total Votes 1,305


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2010

Short won re-election to the 39th District Seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the primary or the November 2, 2010 general election.[4]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 39
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Short (R) 4,562 100%


On November 4, 2008, Short won re-election to the Delaware House of Representatives from Delaware's 39th District, defeating Jerry Semper (D and WFP). Short received 5,185 votes in the election while Semper received 2,352 votes.[5] Short raised $43,511 for his campaign; Semper raised $13,542.[6]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 39
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Short (R) 5,185 68.8%
Jerry Semper (D and WFP) 2,352 31.2%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Short raised $18,684 in contributions. [7]

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


Below are Short's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[8]

Contributor 2008 total
DE Assoc of Realtors $1,100
Exxonmobil $700
Lammot Copeland, Jr. $600
Reybold Venture Group I $600
Andrew C Strine $600

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