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Valerie Longhurst


House Majority Leader

District 15


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Valerie Longhurst

Valerie J. Longhurst was first elected to the Delaware House of Representatives in November 2004 to represent the 15th District. The district consists of 20,000 people living in Bear, Delaware City and St. Georges. In 2008, she was elected as the House Majority Whip and served for four years. After the 2012 election, her caucus elected her House Majority Leader. 

Valerie spent her early adult years working in the insurance industry. She formerly worked for AIG Insurance in Chadds Ford, Pa. During her tenure, she advanced her career from corporate trainer to quality assurance manager and ultimately to director of operations. 

In addition to her responsibilities in the General Assembly, she plays an important role in many local and national organizations, including Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Board member, National Conference of State Legislators- Women’s Network Advisory Council member, Revenue and Budget Standing Committee member, Redistricting and Elections Task Force member, Council for State Governments Budget and Revenue Standing Committee member, Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA Board member, Police Action League Board member, Delaware Sports Commission Advisory Council member. 

Prior to becoming a Legislator, she volunteered for local organizations, including: Community Advisory Panel member for Delaware City Refinery; Delaware support group leader for National Alopecia Areata Foundation; board member, softball commissioner and coach for Bear Babe Ruth Little League; Vice President of Emerald Ridge Maintenance Corporation.

Family

Son Andrew and daughter Peyton

Education

Western High School; West Chester University

Occupation

Executive Director, Police Athletic League of Delaware

Legislative Service:

House, 2004 - Present

Committees:

Administration, Chair

Ethics, Chair

Rules, Chair

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Legislative Highlights


House Bill 479


This Act increases the civil penalty for violating the parking regulations in § 4180 from not less than $10 nor more than $25 to not less than $100 nor more than $500. This Act also increases the minimum fine for […]

House Bill 480


This Act amends the Delaware Code relating to financial assistance for education in order to promote and support the state’s high demand career fields and reduce student debt for Delaware residents. The Act clarifies the Delaware Higher Education Office’s role […]

House Bill 487


Apprenticeship and workplace-based training are an “earn while you learn” systems that offer young people the chance to learn from the best trained construction workers in Delaware. Skilled craft apprenticeship programs offer the necessary capacities, resources, and flexibility needed to […]

House Bill 488


This Act prohibits a seller from imposing a surcharge on a cardholder who elects to use a credit card in lieu of payment by cash, check, or similar means. […]

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 […]