Posted: July 9, 2009
Politicians who get into office in Delaware usually
stay in office in Delaware. They seem to get out about
as often as what happens in Las Vegas does.
Thurman Adams, a Bridgeville Democrat who spent more
than 36 years in the state Senate, was a reminder of the
longevity factor when he died last month. He was tied at
the time for the longest-serving legislator and remains
for now the longest-serving state senator in Delaware
Here are the record holders.
||NCC councilman, senator, vice president
||His six senatorial terms are a state record.
His time as vice president might not count
toward Delaware unless he drops that "kid from
||Legislator, lieutenant governor,
||He's the state's only 9-term congressman.
He's tied with Tom Carper for 12 statewide wins.
Castle is the last Sixties guy, elected a
legislator before Biden finished law school
||Treasurer, congressman, governor, senator
||Castle caught him with 12 statewide
victories. Will Carper also have to share with
Castle the rare "Triple Crown" of politics,
winning congressman, governor and senator?
||No one has served longer in the Delaware
||He would still be in the state Senate, if
the time had not come to answer another roll
||Elected in February 1974 in a special
election, she is on track to overtake Adams in
tenure. Cook is not known in Legislative Hall as
"The Queen" for nothing
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