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Delaware House Democrats

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Melissa Minor-Brown

House Majority Leader

District 17

Melissa Minor-Brown

Rep. Melissa ‘Mimi’ Minor-Brown is determined to make a difference by using her platform as a springboard for change, advocacy, and empowerment for her community. Rep. Minor-Brown knows what it means to work hard. She is an American success story, pulling herself up as a single teenage mother to evolve into a licensed practical nurse, to a registered nurse with a master’s degree in Executive Leadership, graduating Cum Laude from Wilmington University, to now serving as a legislator in Delaware’s House of Representatives. 

Rep. Minor-Brown’s call to service started a decade ago while working with our state’s servicemembers at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Elsmere, Delaware. During her seven-year tenure, she listened to the stories, challenges, and concerns of her patients which propelled her run for office because it was the better pathway to meet their needs. 

Rep. Minor-Brown continues to offer a hand up to those she serves. She is staunch supporter for the less fortunate and always strives to provide a voice for the voiceless. She is an advocate for nursing continually seeking opportunities to advance the profession. To that end, Rep. Minor-Brown has been recognized as a Delaware Top Nurse Honorable Mention in 2018 and 2022. She was recently awarded the Dr. Kitty Esterly Health Equity Award from Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium where she serves as the lead for the Doula Task Force and the Social Determinants of Health Committee. She also was awarded the 2023 Delaware Top Nurse in the Leading and Advancing the Profession category.

On a broader scale, Rep. Minor-Brown serves as the Region III Chair for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Legislative Service:

House, 2018 - Present


Administration, Chair

Rules, Chair

Ethics, Chair

Veterans Affairs, Member

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Legislative Highlights

House Bill 404 with House Amendment 2

The Delaware Fair Chance Licensing Act provides that it is the policy of this State to allow entry to professions and occupations with licensing requirements for individuals with a criminal history to the maximum extent consistent with public safety. To […]

House Bill 419 with House Amendment 1

Citing the increasing number of false confessions recorded by the National Registry of Exonerations and recent science around adolescent brain development, several states across the nation have passed legislation to ban the use of deceptive interrogation techniques on juveniles. Deceptive […]

House Bill 455

Section 1 and 2. These sections defines “reproductive health services” for the Board of Medical Practice, the Board of Nursing, and Regulatory Council for Physician Assistants, and makes clear that physicians, physician assistants and nurses who perform, recommend, or provide […]


“Access in Crisis”

Several House members join panel discussion at event marking Maternal Health Awareness Several members of the House Democratic Majority participated in panel discussions at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) 2024’s Maternal Health Awareness Day event in Dover. […]

Longhurst Announces Committee Leadership Changes

DOVER – Due to the election of new House leaders earlier this summer, the House Democratic Caucus announced several committee leadership changes on Friday. Most of the changes are the result of new responsibilities for the caucus leadership team, which […]