DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Republicans serving in Delaware's state House and Senate have picked their leaders for the legislative session that starts in January.
GOP House members selected Dan Short of Seaford to serve as minority leader. Short, who was first elected to the state House in 2006, previously served as minority whip. Deborah Hudson was chosen as minority whip. This is Hudson's first leadership position.
Republican members of the Senate picked Gary Simpson of Milford to continue as minority leader. Greg Lavelle, who previously served as House minority leader, will be minority whip.
Democrats hold a 13-8 advantage in Delaware's state Senate and a 27-14 edge in the state House.
Although the two-year 147th General Assembly began on Election Day, both chambers will not begin meeting to conduct legislative business until Jan. 8. The State Senate will come in for a single day on Dec. 5 to consider gubernatorial appointments requiring Senate approval.