Former State Senator Robert Marshall dies

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Former State Sen. Robert “Bobby” Marshall has died at 77.

The Wilmington senator was known for his strong support for organized labor and advocating for a higher minimum wage in the state. He was also known as a skilled negotiator at times when legislation needed bipartisan support.

Senate President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola, Senate Majority Leader Bryan Townsend and Senate Majority Whip Sen Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman issued a joint statement on the passing of Marshall. Lockman succeeded Marshall in the Senate seat he held for four decades.

“Sen. Robert Marshall was a tireless champion for the City of Wilmington and working-class families throughout Delaware. Thousands of Delawareans were able to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads thanks to consistent advocacy for minimum wage increase, workforce training, strong labor unions and the Port of Wilmington. His advocacy for criminal justice reform also helped to make Delaware prisons safer for correction officers and inmates.”

Delaware House Majority Leadership – Speaker Valerie Longhurst, Majority Leader Melissa Minor-Brown, and House Majority Whip Kerri Evelyn Harris – issued the following:

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“Sen. Robert Marshall’s contributions to the City of Wilmington and the state of Delaware are countless. His advocacy for working-class families, minimum wage increases, workforce training, support for labor unions, and criminal justice reform reflect a commitment to improving the lives of his constituents. With more than four decades of dedicated service, Sen. Marshall’s impact on the community is enduring. During this time of loss, our thoughts are with Sen. Marshall’s family, friends, and all those who were touched by his service and dedication to the state of Delaware.”

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