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Peter C. Schwartzkopf


Speaker of the House

District 14


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Peter C. Schwartzkopf

Representative Peter C. Schwartzkopf is the Speaker of the Delaware House of Representatives. He served as Majority Leader for four years before being elected Speaker of the House in 2012. He is a full-time legislator with an extensive background in public safety. 

Rep. Schwartzkopf, who has represented the 14th district since 2002, is a retired Delaware State Police Captain and Troop Commander with 25 years of service. His district includes Rehoboth, Lewes and Dewey Beach.

Rep. Schwartzkopf graduated from Wilmington College with a BS in Human Resource Management. He graduated from Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and was first in his class at the Delaware State Police Academy.

Rep. Schwartzkopf is active with several non-profit organizations including the Delaware Special Olympics, the Midway Lions Club, the Delaware State Troopers Association, the National Kidney Foundation (having donated an organ), and the Jean & Joan Fund which raises money to help families and patients who are being treated at Tunnell Cancer Center. 

As an ocean lifeguard for many summers in his youth, Delaware’s coastal communities have always held a special place in Rep. Schwarzkopf’s heart. These days, the representative and his wife Carol enjoy spending time with their children and grand-children while taking advantage of all the First State has to offer to residents and visitors alike.

Family

Wife Carol and four children - Brandi Townsend, Stacey Schwartzkopf, Scott Townsend and Scott Schwartzkopf

Education

Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, Delaware Technical and Community College; Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management, Wilmington College

Occupation

Retired State Police Captain, Full-time Legislator

Legislative Service:

House, 2002 - Present

Committees:

Administration, Member

Ethics, Member

Rules, Member

Veterans Affairs, Member

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Legislative Highlights


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House Bill 452


This Act is the first leg of an amendment to the Delaware Constitution to make necessary technical corrections identified by the General Assembly’s Division of Research. Specifically, these technical corrections consist of the following: Section 1 and Section 12 of […]

House Bill 453 with House Amendment 1


This Act makes necessary updates to Delaware Code provisions codifying procedures related to the General Assembly to bring these provisions into compliance with current practice and to make technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware […]

House Bill 490 with House Amendment 1


Delaware’s Motor Vehicle Statutes contemplate for vehicle obstructing traffic enforcement by law enforcement agencies. It is not always possible for law enforcement officers to enforce the right-of-way regulations in areas effectively due to a number of considerations, including officer availability […]

Mentions


House Leadership Issues Statement on Killing of Tyre Nichols

DOVER – In response to the killing of Memphis, Tenn. resident Tyre Nichols and the subsequent charging of five former police officers who beat him to death, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Longhurst, and Majority Whip […]