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Franklin D. Cooke

District 16

Franklin D. Cooke

Born and raised in Dunlieth, Rep. Cooke is a retired New Castle County Police Officer and former Executive Assistant to New Castle County Executive Thomas P. Gordon. He served as Vice President of FOP Lodge No. 5 and a member of theDelaware state FOP Executive Board. He is currently a member of the Delaware Commission of Forensic Science. 

Rep. Cooke chaired the Law Enforcement Accountability Task Force of the 151st General Assembly.

Rep. Cooke represents the communities of South Wilmington, Dunlieth, and Southbridge and is focused on environmental justice, fair housing, and underserved communities.


Sister, Paula Seeney; Son, Franklin D. Cooke III; Grandson, Gavin Cooke


Graduate of DeLaWarr High School and Cheyney State University


Investigator, Delaware Office of Defense Services

Legislative Service:

House, 2018 - Present


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Legislative Highlights

House Bill 243 with House Amendment 1

This bill prohibits law-enforcement agencies from releasing or publishing or causing to be released or published the name of any juvenile or any image depicting a juvenile, including displaying such image on any publicly maintained social media page or website, […]

House Amendment 2 to House Bill 299

This amendment exempts from the definition of “retail store”, transactions for the rental of consumer goods, services, or accommodations for which posting collateral or security is typically required. This amendment also exempts transactions at any sporting or entertainment event, including […]

House Bill 299 with House Amendment 2

This Act prohibits the seller of consumer goods or services from refusing to accept cash payment, except in limited circumstances. Sales covered by this Act are those made at a retail store through an in-person transaction. The Act does not […]


Bill to Expand Mobile Sports Betting Options Introduced

House Bill 365, sponsored by Reps. Cooke and Bush, would bring Delaware betting options other states have DOVER – Today, Lawmakers filed new legislation that would provide Delawareans with more options for competitive mobile sports wagering. House Bill 365, sponsored […]