Delaware: Government, Politics, and Higher Education

Under the provisions of the 1897 constitution, the governor is elected to a four-year term. The state legislature, called the general assembly, is made up of a senate of 21 members and a house of representatives with 41 members. Delaware is represented in the U.S. Congress by two senators and one representative and has three electoral votes. Since the early 1990s a series of Democrats have occupied the governorship, including Ruth Ann Minner (2001–9), the state's first woman governor, Jack Markell (2009–17), and John Carney (2017–).

The main institutions of higher education are the Univ. of Delaware, at Newark; Delaware State Univ., at Dover; and a division of Widener Univ., at Wilmington.

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