State Rep. Bryon Short announced Thursday that he is retiring from the House of Representatives at the conclusion of his term.
A Democrat, Rep. Short, 51, was elected in a special election in April 2007 in the north Wilmington district that extends inland from the Delaware River.
“I have been proud and blessed to have had the opportunity to work with my constituents to make the neighborhoods of the 7th District great places to live, work and raise a family”, Rep. Short said. “From fighting for the Claymont Library to funding the Claymont Elementary School playground to walking miles of neighborhood roads in need of repair, I have always made working closely with my neighborhoods my priority and have faith that the person who replaces me will do the same.”
“My background and passion has always been the role of Delaware’s small business community in our economy. I thoroughly enjoyed establishing the bipartisan Small Business Caucus and meeting small business owners throughout our state,” Short stated.
While serving, Short continued to own and operate several small businesses. He said he looks forward to focusing on these endeavors and spending more time with his family.
Short provided a small business voice in a Democratic caucus, which has become more prone to propose legislation at odds with the views of many in the business community.
The Legislature has seen a wave of retirements from both parties as the General Assembly struggles with difficult issues such as a structural budget deficit, the opioid crisis, and a sluggish economy made worse by the loss of high-paying corporate jobs.