Del. House Republicans select new leaders

Republicans in the Delaware House of Representatives have selected new leadership for the 146th General Assembly.

The House Minority Caucus has chosen State Rep. Greg Lavelle (R-Sharpley) to be its Minority Leader and Rep. Gerald Hocker (R- Ocean View) to be the new Minority Whip.

Republicans lost two seats in the fall election, giving House Democrats a super-majority of 26 members. Still, Lavelle says his caucus will continue to push for smaller government and reduced state spending.

“We spend a ton of money in the state of Delaware on a per capita basis — we’re in the top five (states) in the country — and that’s not something that can continue,” he said.

The new Minority Whip adds job creation to the list of priorities.

“The top concerns I’m hearing from my constituents are the need for more jobs, while reducing the size of state government,” Hocker said. “They think the government is growing completely out of control.”

This is the first time either legislator has servide in a leadership role.

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