Valerie J. Longhurst is the first female Speaker of the House in Delaware history. She was first elected to the Delaware House of Representatives in November 2004 to represent the 15th District. The district consists of 24,000 people living in Bear 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. In June 2023, she was elected Speaker of the House.
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.
Son Andrew and daughter Peyton
Western High School; West Chester University
Executive Director, Police Athletic League of Delaware
House, 2004 - Present
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