Delaware State Government
Through Divine goodness, all people have by nature the rights of worshiping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences, of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring and protecting reputation and property, and in general of obtaining objects suitable to their condition, without injury by one to another; and as these rights are essential to their welfare, for due exercise thereof, power is inherent in them; and therefore all just authority in the institutions of political society is derived from the people, and established with their consent, to advance their happiness; and they may for this end, as circumstances require, from time to time, alter their Constitution of government.
It has been in effect since its adoption on June 4, 1897.
It has 17 Articles and was most recently amended in 1995.
The Executive Branch
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The supreme executive powers of the state shall be vested in a Governor.
Executive officials in Delaware are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges.
Delaware Executive Offices
The Governor (Elected)The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)The Attorney General (Elected)The Secretary Of State (Elected)The Treasurer (Elected)
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The legislative power of this State shall be vested in a General Assembly,
which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
The General Assembly is composed of the Delaware State Senate with 21 Senators and the Delaware House of Representatives with 41 Representatives.
Members are elected from single member districts, all apportioned to roughly equal populations after each U.S. census. Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1st and about one half of the Senate is elected every
two years for a four year term, and the entire House of Representatives is elected every two years for a two year term.
The Supreme Court consists of a chief justice and four justices
The judicial power of this state shall be vested in a supreme court, a Superior Court, a Court of Chancery,
a Family Court, a Court of Common Pleas, a Register's Court, Justices of the Peace, and such other courts as
the General Assembly, with the concurrence of two-thirds of all the Members elected to each House,
shall have by law established prior to the time this amended Article IV of this Constitution
becomes effective or shall from time to time by law establish after such time.
The supreme court consists of a chief justice and four justices who are nominated
by the governor and confirmed by the Delaware State Senate.
Three of the justices must represent one of the major political parties while
the other two justices must be members of the other major political party.
Delaware Current Partisan Composition