Richard Cathcart

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Richard Cathcart
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Delaware House of Representatives District 9
Former member
Term in office began
1978-82, 1998
Term in office ended
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Richard Cathcart was a Republican member of the Delaware House of Representatives. He represented the 9th District from 1978-82 and 1998-2010. He served as Minority Leader.

Cathcart is Associate Vice President of University Operations and at Delaware State University, and has also worked as Director of Purchasing and General Services.[1]

Committee assignments


Cathcart's sponsored legislation included:

  • HB 37 - "adds various protections to the Mental Health Patients’ Bill of Rights Act, including safeguards in administration of restraint and requirement of an enhanced patient grievance system for DPC patients."
  • HB 38 - "requires mental hospitals and residential centers covered by the Mental Health Patients’ Bill of Rights Act to report deaths and critical incidents to the State Protection & Advocacy Agency which is authorized by federal law to investigate such occurrences."
  • HB 41 - "establishes a community mental health treatment act with rights paralleling those of patients in the substance abuse treatment system."
  • HB 72 - "gives the Division of Motor Vehicles the ability to suspend the driver license of a registered sex offender if the registered sex offender does not report to the Division for an updated driver license as required"

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



See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cathcart did not seek re-election to the 9th District seat in 2010.


On November 4, 2008, Cathcart won re-election to the Delaware House of Representatives from Delaware's 9th District, defeating Rebecca Walker (D). Cathcart received 7,436 votes in the election; Walker received 6,375.[2] Cathcart raised $78,758 for his campaign; Walker raised $30,632.[3]

Delaware House of Representatives, District 9
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Cathcart (R) 7,436 53.8%
Rebecca Walker (D) 6,375 46.2%

Campaign donors


Below are Cathcart's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[4]

Contributor 2008 total
AT&T $800
DE Standardbred Owners Assoc $700
David S Swayze $650
Nonpartisan Citizens for Business Expansion $600
DE Trial Lawyers Assoc $600

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Political offices
Preceded by
Delaware House District 9
Succeeded by
Rebecca Walker