List of United States representatives from Delaware

This is a complete list of members of the United States House of Representatives from Delaware.

Elections are by a popular vote originally elected on the first Tuesday of October, but after 1831 on the first Tuesday after November 1.

Terms began on the subsequent March 4 until 1935, from when they began on January 3.

Delaware has had only one U.S. Representative, except for 10 years between 1813 and 1823, when there was a second U.S. Representative. This person was elected statewide, at-large, on the same ballot as the first U.S. Representative. The two candidates with the highest number of votes were elected.

Current representativeEdit

List of membersEdit

Member Party Years Electoral history
John Vining Pro-Administration March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1793
Elected in 1789.
Retired.
John Patten Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 –
February 14, 1794
Elected in 1792.
Lost election contest.
Henry Latimer Pro-Administration February 14, 1794 –
February 7, 1795
Won election contest.
Lost re-election.
John Patten Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1797
Elected in 1794.
Retired.
James A. Bayard Federalist March 4, 1797 –
March 3, 1803
Elected in 1796.
Re-elected in 1798.
Re-elected in 1800.
Lost re-election.
Caesar A. Rodney Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1805
Elected in 1802.
Lost re-election.
James M. Broom Federalist October 1, 1805 –
October 6, 1807
Elected October 1, 1805 to finish Bayard's term and seated December 2, 1805.
Re-elected in 1806, but declined the seat.
Nicholas Van Dyke Federalist October 6, 1807 –
March 3, 1811
Elected in 1806.
Re-elected in 1808.
Retired.
Henry M. Ridgely Federalist March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1815
Elected in 1810.
Retired.
Thomas Clayton Federalist March 4, 1815 –
March 3, 1817
Elected in 1814.
Lost re-election.
Louis McLane Federalist March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1825
Elected in 1816.
Re-elected in 1818.
Re-elected in 1820.
Re-elected in 1822.
Re-elected in 1824.
Re-elected in 1826 but declined to serve having been elected U.S. senator.
Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
Kensey Johns Jr. Anti-Jacksonian October 2, 1827 –
March 3, 1831
Elected to finish McLane's term.
Retired.
John J. Milligan Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1837
Elected in 1830.
Lost re-election to Robinson Jr.
Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
Thomas Robinson Jr. Democratic March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1841
Elected in 1838.
Lost re-election to Rodney.
George B. Rodney Whig March 4, 1841 –
March 3, 1845
Elected in 1840.
Retired.
John W. Houston Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1851
Elected in 1844.
Retired.
George R. Riddle Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1855
Elected in 1850.
Lost re-election to Cullen.
Elisha D. Cullen Know Nothing March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
Elected in 1854.
Lost re-election to Whiteley.
William G. Whiteley Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1861
Elected in 1856.
Retired.
George P. Fisher Unionist March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
Elected in 1860.
Lost re-election to Temple.
William Temple Democratic March 4, 1863 –
May 28, 1863
Elected in 1862.
Died.
Nathaniel B. Smithers Unconditional Unionist December 7, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
Elected to finish Temple's term.
Lost re-election to Nicholson.
John A. Nicholson Democratic March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1869
Elected in 1864.
Retired.
Benjamin T. Biggs Democratic March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1873
Elected in 1868.
Retired.
James R. Lofland Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
Elected in 1872.
Lost re-election to J. Williams.
James Williams Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1879
Elected in 1874.
Retired.
Edward L. Martin Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1883
Elected in 1878.
Retired.
Charles B. Lore Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1887
Elected in 1882.
Retired.
John B. Penington Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1891
Elected in 1886.
Retired.
John W. Causey Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1895
Elected in 1890.
Retired.
Jonathan S. Willis Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
Elected in 1894.
Lost re-election to Handy.
L. Irving Handy Democratic March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1899
Elected in 1896.
Lost re-election to Hoffecker.
John H. Hoffecker Republican March 4, 1899 –
June 16, 1900
Elected in 1898.
Died.
Walter O. Hoffecker Republican November 6, 1900 –
March 3, 1901
Elected to finish his father's term.
Retired.
L. Heisler Ball Republican March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1903
Elected in 1900.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
Henry A. Houston Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1905
Elected in 1902.
Retired.
Hiram R. Burton Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 3, 1909
Elected in 1904.
Lost renomination to Heald.
William H. Heald Republican March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1913
Elected in 1908.
Retired.
Franklin Brockson Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
Elected in 1912.
Lost re-election to Miller.
Thomas W. Miller Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1917
Elected in 1914.
Lost re-election to Polk.
Albert F. Polk Democratic March 4, 1917 –
March 3, 1919
Elected in 1916.
Lost re-election to Layton.
Caleb R. Layton Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1923
Elected in 1918.
Lost re-election to Boyce.
William H. Boyce Democratic March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1925
Elected in 1922.
Lost re-election to Houston.
Robert G. Houston Republican March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1933
Elected in 1924.
Retired.
Wilbur L. Adams Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
Elected in 1932.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
J. George Stewart Republican January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1937
Elected in 1934.
Lost re-election to Allen.
William F. Allen Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1939
Elected in 1936.
Lost re-election to G. Williams.
George S. Williams Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1941
Elected in 1938.
Lost re-election to Traynor.
Philip A. Traynor Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
Elected in 1940.
Lost re-election to Willey.
Earle D. Willey Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
Elected in 1942.
Lost re-election to Traynor.
Philip A. Traynor Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
Elected in 1944.
Lost reelection to Boggs.
J. Caleb Boggs Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1953
Elected in 1946.
Retired to run for Governor of Delaware.
Herbert Warburton Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1955
Elected in 1952.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
Harris McDowell Democratic January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1957
Elected in 1954.
Lost re-election to Haskell.
Harry G. Haskell Jr. Republican January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1959
Elected in 1956.
Lost re-election to McDowell.
Harris McDowell Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1967
Elected in 1958.
Lost re-election to Roth.
William Roth Republican January 3, 1967 –
December 31, 1970
Elected in 1966.
Retired to run for U.S. senator and resigned after the election.
Pete du Pont Republican January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1977
Elected in 1970.
Retired to run for Governor of Delaware.
Thomas B. Evans Jr. Republican January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1983
Elected in 1976.
Lost re-election to Carper.
Tom Carper Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1993
Elected in 1982.
Retired to run for Governor of Delaware.
Mike Castle Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2011
Elected in 1992.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
John Carney Democratic January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2017
Elected in 2010.
Retired to run for Governor of Delaware.
Lisa Blunt Rochester Democratic January 3, 2017 –
Present
Elected in 2016.
Incumbent.
Thomas Cooper Federalist March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1817
Elected in 1812.
Re-elected in 1814.
Lost re-election.
Willard Hall Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
January 22, 1821
Elected in 1816.
Re-elected in 1818.
Lost re-election and resigned early.
Caesar A. Rodney Democratic-Republican March 4, 1821 –
January 24, 1822
Elected in 1820.
Resigned when elected U.S. senator.
Daniel Rodney Federalist October 1, 1822 –
March 3, 1823
Elected to finish his cousin's term.
Retired.

Living former membersEdit

As of September 2021, there are four living former members of House from Delaware. The most recent and most recently serving member to die was Pete du Pont (served 1971–1977) on May 8, 2021.

Representative Term Date of birth (and age)
Thomas B. Evans Jr. 1977–1983 (1931-11-05) November 5, 1931 (age 89)
Tom Carper 1983–1993 (1947-01-23) January 23, 1947 (age 74)
Mike Castle 1993–2011 (1939-07-02) July 2, 1939 (age 82)
John Carney 2011–2017 (1956-05-20) May 20, 1956 (age 65)

Superlative representativesEdit

Longest serving representativesEdit

Representative First served Last served Length of service
Mike Castle January 3, 1993 January 3, 2011 18 years
Tom Carper January 3, 1983 January 3, 1993 10 years
Harris McDowell January 3, 1955
January 3, 1959
January 3, 1957
January 3, 1967
10 years
Louis McLane March 4, 1817 March 3, 1827 10 years
Robert G. Houston March 4, 1925 March 3, 1933 8 years

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.