Peter Schwartzkopf

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Peter Schwartzkopf
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Delaware House of Representatives District 14
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 12
Majority Leader, 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
AssociatesDelaware Technical and Community College
Bachelor'sWilmington College
Date of birth01/15/1955
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
ProfessionDelaware State Police (retired)
Office website
Peter Schwartzkopf is a Democratic member of the Delaware House of Representatives, representing the 14th District since 2002. He currently serves as Majority Leader.

Schwartzkopf is a retired Captain/Troop Commander with the Delaware State Police.

He is a member of the Lions Club, Chair of the Special Olympics, and on the Advisory Committee of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2013
Ethics, Vice Chair
House Administration, Vice Chair
House Rules, Vice Chair
Veterans Affairs


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


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

Schwartzkopf's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 100 - "requires the Lottery Director to use his or her authority to reestablish a sports lottery"
  • HB 211 - "This Act increases the tax on cigarettes from $1.15 to $1.60 per 20-cigarette pack."
  • HB 212 - "This Act increases the State’s alcoholic beverage tax rates"

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



See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2012

Schwartzkopf ran in the 2012 election for Delaware House of Representatives District 14. Schwartzkopf ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012 and defeated Margaret Melson in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Schwartzkopf Incumbent 89.9% 8,250
     Libertarian Margaret Melson 10.1% 925
Total Votes 9,175


Schwartzkopf was endorsed by Gov. Jack Markell on August 11, 2012.[3]


See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2010

Schwartzkopf won re-election to the 14th District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Schwartzkopf defeated Christopher J. Weeks (R) in the November 2, 2010 general election.[4]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 14
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Schwarzkopf (D) 6,425 53.7%
Christopher J. Weeks (R) 5,546 46.3%


On November 4, 2008, Schwartzkopf won re-election to the Delaware House of Representatives from Delaware's 14th District. Schwartzkopf ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 10,616 votes.[5] Schwartzkopf raised $29,011 for his campaign.[6]

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Schwartzkopf raised $72,641 in contributions. [7]

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


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

Contributor 2008 total
Melissa Jones $600
DE Trial Lawyers Assoc $600
DE Racing Assoc $600
Blair Jones $600
Sugrue Inc T/A Big Fish Grill $600

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