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 representative[edit]

List of members[edit]

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, 1823
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.
Crawford Federalist March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
Kensey Johns Jr. Anti-Jacksonian October 2, 1827 –
March 3, 1831
Elected October 2, 1827 to finish McLane's term and seated December 3, 1827.
Re-elected in 1828.
[Data unknown/missing.]
John J. Milligan Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1837
Elected in 1830.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
Thomas Robinson Jr. Democratic March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1841
Elected in 1838.
[Data unknown/missing.]
George B. Rodney Whig March 4, 1841 –
March 3, 1845
Elected in 1840.
[Data unknown/missing.]
John W. Houston Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1851
Elected in 1844.
[Data unknown/missing.]
George R. Riddle Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1855
Elected in 1850.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Elisha D. Cullen Know Nothing March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
Elected in 1854.
[Data unknown/missing.]
William G. Whiteley Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1861
Elected in 1856.
[Data unknown/missing.]
George P. Fisher Unionist March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
Elected in 1860.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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.
John A. Nicholson Democratic March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1869
Elected in 1864.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Benjamin T. Biggs Democratic March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1873
Elected in 1868.
[Data unknown/missing.]
James R. Lofland Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
Elected in 1872.
[Data unknown/missing.]
James Williams Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1879
Elected in 1874.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Edward L. Martin Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1883
Elected in 1878.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Charles B. Lore Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1887
Elected in 1882.
[Data unknown/missing.]
John B. Penington Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1891
Elected in 1886.
[Data unknown/missing.]
John W. Causey Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1895
Elected in 1890.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Jonathan S. Willis Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
Elected in 1894.
[Data unknown/missing.]
L. Irving Handy Democratic March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1899
Elected in 1896.
[Data unknown/missing.]
John H. Hoffecker Republican March 4, 1899 –
June 16, 1900
Elected in 1898.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Walter O. Hoffecker Republican November 6, 1900 –
March 3, 1901
Elected in 1900.
[Data unknown/missing.]
L. Heisler Ball Republican March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1903
Elected in 1900.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Henry A. Houston Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1905
Elected in 1902.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Hiram R. Burton Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 3, 1909
Elected in 1904.
[Data unknown/missing.]
William H. Heald Republican March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1913
Elected in 1908.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Franklin Brockson Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
Elected in 1912.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Thomas W. Miller Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1917
Elected in 1914.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Albert F. Polk Democratic March 4, 1917 –
March 3, 1919
Elected in 1916.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Caleb R. Layton Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1923
Elected in 1918.
[Data unknown/missing.]
William H. Boyce Democratic March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1925
Elected in 1922.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Robert G. Houston Republican March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1933
Elected in 1924.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Wilbur L. Adams Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
Elected in 1932.
[Data unknown/missing.]
J. George Stewart Republican January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1937
Elected in 1934.
[Data unknown/missing.]
William F. Allen Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1939
Elected in 1936.
[Data unknown/missing.]
George S. Williams Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1941
Elected in 1938.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Philip A. Traynor Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
Elected in 1940.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Earle D. Willey Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
Elected in 1942.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Philip A. Traynor Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
Elected in 1944.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Harris McDowell Democratic January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1957
Elected in 1954.
Lost re-election.
Harry G. Haskell Jr. Republican January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1959
Elected in 1956.
Lost re-election.
Harris McDowell Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1967
Elected in 1958.
Lost re-election.
William Roth Republican January 3, 1967 –
December 31, 1970
Elected in 1966.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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.
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.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Retired to run for Governor of Delaware.
Lisa Blunt Rochester Democratic January 3, 2017 –
Present
Elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
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 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Delaware[edit]

As of January 2017, there are six former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the U.S. State of Delaware that are currently living. The most recent and most recently serving representative to die was William V. Roth Jr. (served 1967–1970) on December 13, 2003.

Representative Term District Date of birth (and age)
Harry G. Haskell Jr. 1957–1959 At-large (1921-05-27) May 27, 1921 (age 98)
Pierre S. du Pont IV 1971–1977 At-large (1935-01-22) January 22, 1935 (age 84)
Thomas B. Evans, Jr. 1977–1983 At-large (1931-11-05) November 5, 1931 (age 88)
Tom Carper 1983–1993 At-large (1947-01-23) January 23, 1947 (age 72)
Michael Castle 1993–2011 At-large (1939-07-02) July 2, 1939 (age 80)
John C. Carney Jr. 2011–2017 At-large (1956-05-20) May 20, 1956 (age 63)

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  • 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.