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Delaware ALEC Politicians

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For a list of politicians with known ALEC ties, please see ALEC Politicians.

This is a partial list of Delaware politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)

Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Delaware Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

Senate

Former Representatives

  • Rep. E. Bradford Bennett (D-32) - ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force, Civil Justice Task Force[5]
  • Former Rep. Joe DiPinto (currently Director, Office of Economic Development, Wilmington[6]) - member of ALEC National Task Force on Tax & Fiscal Policy (later Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force) as of 1995 ALEC document[7] and ALEC State Chair as of 1999 ALEC document[8]
  • Rep. Robert Gilligan (D-19) - ALEC leader as of 1999 ALEC document[8]
  • Former House Majority Leader Wayne Smith (now President and CEO of the Delaware Healthcare Association, the trade group for Delaware's hospital industry[9]) - ALEC leaders as of 1999 ALEC document[8]
  • Former Rep. Terry R. Spence (R-New Castle County) - ALEC leader as of 1999 ALEC document[8]
  • Former House Majority Whip Charles Welch (R) (now Kent County Judge of the Court of Common Pleas[10]) - ALEC leader as of 1999 ALEC document[8]

Former Senators

  • Former Sen. Majority Leader Thurman Adams (died 2009) - ALEC leader as of 1999 ALEC document[8]
  • Former Sen. Steven Amick (R-10) - ALEC leader as of 1999 ALEC document[8]
  • Former Sen. Thomas B. Sharp (D-Pinecrest), former President Pro Tempore - ALEC leader as of 1999 ALEC document[8]

References

  1. American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  2. American Legislative Exchange Council, State Chairmen, organizational website, accessed July 9, 2011. This page has been altered by ALEC and is no longer available. The current ALEC site lists Delaware's chairmanship as vacant.
  3. American Legislative Exchange Council, Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Directory, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause.
  4. 4.0 4.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, Sourcebook, annual organizational publication, 1995, Volume 1, p. 14
  5. American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC Task Force Packet August 2010, organizational document, August 2010, obtained and released by Common Cause.
  6. Joe DiPinto, Joe DiPinto, LinkedIn.com online profile, accessed November 2012.
  7. American Legislative Exchange Council, Sourcebook, annual organizational publication, 1995, Volume 1, p. 17.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 American Legislative Exchange Council, ’99 ALEC Leaders in the States, organizational document, archived by the Wayback Machine December 8, 2000, accessed November 2012.
  9. Fels Institute of Government, Wayne Smith, institutional biography, accessed November 2012.
  10. Delaware State Courts, Court of Common Pleas Judicial Officers, state judicial site, accessed November 2012.