McBride stays on as state Senate Democratic leader

Clockwise, from left: McBride, Poore and Townsend.

Senate Democrats have again nominated David B. Mc Bride, New Castle, to return to his position as President Pro Tempore of the 150th General Assembly.

McBride, a civil engineer, has served in the General Assembly since 1978 and as President Pro Tempore since 2017.

McBride saw Democrats increase a razor-thin, one-vote Democratic margin in the Senate in the past election after the defeat of Senate Minority Leader Gregory Lavelle.

“It is an honor and a privilege to receive my colleagues’ support to return to the Pro Tem’s chair,” said McBride. “I am ready to work with everyone – in my caucus, across the aisle, and outside of the Senate – to continue advancing the work that our constituents elected us to do: growing an economy that supports workers and a vibrant middle class; protecting our health and environment; and ensuring that social, educational, and economic opportunity are available to all.”

The Senate will formally elect the President Pro Tempore when it returns to session on January 8.

The Senate Majority has also elected Sen. Nicole Poore, D-New Castle, to succeed former Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington, as Majority Leader. Henry retired this year after 24 years of service to the 2nd Senate District.

Poore was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and has served as Senate Majority Whip since November 2017. Poore is a client services manager

“I am proud that our Caucus is not only growing, but changing to more closely represent the people of this state and their beliefs,” Poore said. “It’s our duty to reaffirm each day our commitment to improving our schools, fighting for public safety and social justice, and ensuring that our approach to governing is both principled and responsible. Sen. Henry was unconditionally devoted to that vision, and I intend to follow in her footsteps as a fighter and a steward for Delawareans’ values.”

Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, will round out the Senate Majority’s leadership team as Majority Whip.

Townsend, a lawyer, was first elected to the Senate in 2012. He has been active on a host of issues ranging from gun safety and clean water to open government and campaign finance reform.

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