SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 34
IN RECOGNITION OF LEGISLATORS, LIVING AND DECEASED, WHOSE TENURE OF SERVICE IN THE DELAWARE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS BEEN 20 YEARS OR MORE.
WHEREAS, our republican form of government requires its State citizens to be represented in the General Assembly; and
WHEREAS, the first Delaware General Assembly sat in the City of New Castle in 1776; and
WHEREAS, thereafter the 2nd through the present 131st Delaware General Assemblies have sat in the City of Dover; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to our State Constitution, the citizens of Delaware have gone to the polls to choose their legislators for both the State House and the State Senate in a democratic way; and
WHEREAS, these leaders' names are reflected on the pages of the journals of both chambers; and
WHEREAS, these names, when combined, comprise a list of some 2250 Delaware citizens; and WHEREAS, from such list eight persons have served 20 years or more; and
WHEREAS, six of the eight persons are listed in the order they achieved this goal, to wit -
George Cummins, Smyrna - 26 years
House: 1795; 1800
Senate: 1796-98; 1801-1821
Jesse Green, Concord - 21 years
House: 1797; 1800-1807
Senate: 1811-1816; 1821-1826
Joshua Burton, Millsboro - 27 years
House: 1797-1799; 1805-1813; 1821-1826; 1829-1830
Edward Hart, Townsend - 22 years
House: 1902-1905; 1910-1911; 1926-1929
Senate: 1906-1909; 1914-1917; 1930-1933
James R. Quigley, New Castle - 22 years
House; 1940-1945; 1950-1965
Allen J. Cook, Kenton - 23 years
Senate: 1956-1974; and
WHEREAS, the remaining two members are with us today; and
WHEREAS, they are Calvin R. McCullough, New Castle, 28 years (House: 1948-1949; Senate: 1954-1979) and Margaret R. Manning, Marshallton, 20 years (House: 1956-1959; Senate: 1960-1975.)
BE BE IT RESOLVED that the eight former legislators be recognized for their service to their constituencies and to the State of Delaware.
RE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that special acknowledgement be made of Calvin R. McCullough who is the longest serving member of the Delaware General Assembly since 1776, a tenure which combined ten general elections and seven primary elections.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that upon passage of this resolution the Secretary of the Senate is hereby instructed to forward suitably prepared copies to all parties herein listed or to their families.
Approved June 9, 1982.