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Delaware Government Information & Contacts

The Delaware Government Book

A basic tenet of the League is that a democracy is competent and functional only through active participation of a well-informed public. The League, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to furthering such participation in government, has compiled and updated this information as a factual presentation of the structure and operation of Delaware's government. We hope readers will find it useful.

The League is indebted to the state, county and local officials and their assistants who furnished information and comments for this updated edition of Delaware Government.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Delaware - An Overview
Chapter 2: The Constitution and Constitutional Offices
Chapter 3: The Legislature
Chapter 4: The Executive Branch
Chapter 5: The Judiciary
Chapter 6: Elections
Chapter 7: Financing State Government
Chapter 8: Education
Chapter 9: Local Governments
Chapter 10: Contacting Elected Officials

They Represent You

Click on They Represent You for a handy list with addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses for Delaware's federal and state elected officials. Click They Represent You - legal size for the information on legal-sized pages.

State Executive Agency Offices

The State Legislature

At the Delaware General Assembly site you can find your legislator, committee assignments, meeting schedules when the legislature is in session, bills being considered as well as their status, and much more. Navigating the Legislature is a guide to the website. The legislature is comprised of 41 members in the House of Representatives and 21 Senators. They meet between early January and June 30 unless called into Special Session between July and December.

Delaware's Courts

At the Delaware Courts site you can find details about the different courts and their specific functions.

The Delaware judiciary is composed of the Supreme Court, the Court of Chancery, the Superior Court, the Family Court, the Court of Common Pleas, the Justice of the Peace Courts, and related judicial agencies. In terms of interrelationships among the courts, the Delaware Court system is similar to a pyramid. The Justice of the Peace Courts and the Alderman's Courts represent the base of the pyramid and the Supreme Court the apex of the pyramid.

Delaware's Local Governments

Local Governments in Delaware

The Delaware League of Local Governments provides links to websites, lists of mayors/managers, days and times of municipal council or commission meetings, municipal codes, election dates, and more.

Delaware's Congressional Delegation

Federal Elected Officials

The following links to our Congressional delegation allow you to learn our legislators' committee assignments, issues, their latest news releases, how to secure constituent services or sign up for e-newsletters or blogs as well as general contact information.

Senator Thomas R. Carper

Senator Christopher A. Coons

Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester