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Preceded by  Francis J. Kearns
Political party  Democratic
Education  University of Delaware
Nationality  American
Role  American Politician

Succeeded by  John Campanelli
Name  David McBride
Preceded by  Robert L. Byrd
Party  Democratic Party
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Born  June 23, 1942 (age 73) Wilmington, Delaware (1942-06-23)
Residence  New Castle, Delaware, United States

Alma mater  University of Delaware

Senator David McBride @ Unity Rally - Delaware Legislative Hall 04/26/2017

David B. McBride (born June 23, 1942, in Wilmington, Delaware) is an American politician and has served continuously in Delaware's General Assembly since 1978. After two years in the House of Representatives, McBride was elected to the Delaware State Senate, where he began serving on November 5, 1980. McBride represents District 13, which includes the greater New Castle area. A Democrat, McBride was chosen unanimously as President Pro Tempore of the Senate on January 10, 2017.


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Early life

McBride is a native of the Wilmington area, attending grade school at Richardson Park School from 1948 to 1957. He went on to attend Conrad High School, graduating in 1960.


After high school, McBride joined the U.S. Air Force. During his time in the service, he took various secondary courses, including:

  • Fundamentals of Electronics, Sheppard Air Force Base; Wichita Falls, Texas (1961–1962)
  • Various courses, University of Alabama; Montgomery, Alabama (1962–1963)
  • Various courses, University of Maryland; Okinawa, Japan (1963–1964)
  • Various courses, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan (1964–1967)
  • In 1969, McBride returned to Delaware and enrolled at the University of Delaware. In 1972, he earned his BS in civil engineering from the University of Delaware. Then, in 1975, he earned his MS in civil engineering, also from the University of Delaware.

    Military service

    McBride was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 through 1969, when he was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. After being stationed in Texas and Alabama, he served in the Pacific, with stints in Okinawa and Tokyo in Japan, and one in Thailand.

    Professional engineering experience

  • Member, Delaware Society of Professional Engineers, 1976–present
  • Civil Engineer, Delaware Department of Transportation, 1972–1984; 1987–1998
  • Consultant, Tetra Tech, 2003–2012
  • Senior Consultant, Duffield Associates, 2012–present
  • Elected office

  • Member, Conrad Area School Board, 1976–1978
  • Vice-President, Conrad Area School Board, 1977–1978
  • Delaware State House of Representatives, 1978–1980
  • Delaware State Senate, 1980–present
  • Elections

  • 1978: McBride defeated incumbent Representative Robert L. Byrd in the Democratic Primary with 928 votes (61 percent) and won the four-way Nov. 7 general election with 3,109 votes (80 percent) against Republican nominee Catherine Kelly and two others.
  • 1980: After the incumbent, Sen. Francis J. Kearns, retired, McBride ran unopposed in the Nov. 4 general election, winning with 6,222 votes.
  • 1982: McBride was unopposed in the Nov. 2 general election, winning with 6,485 votes.
  • 1986: McBride won the Democratic Primary and then defeated Republican nominee D. Drew Angeline in the Nov. 4 general election, garnering 4,477 votes (65.9 percent).
  • 1990: McBride was unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election, winning with 5,197 votes.
  • 1992: McBride was unopposed in the Nov. 3 general election, winning with 9,231 votes.
  • 1996: McBride was unopposed in the Nov. 5 general election, winning with 9,300 votes.
  • 2000: McBride was unopposed in the Nov. 7 general election, winning with 11,190 votes.
  • 2002: McBride was unopposed in the Nov. 5 general election, winning with 6,337 votes.
  • 2006: McBride was unopposed in the Nov. 7 general election, winning with 7,152 votes.
  • 2010: McBride was unopposed in the Nov. 2 general election, winning with 8,736 votes.
  • 2012: McBride was unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election, winning with 14,444 votes.
  • 2016: McBride was unopposed in the Nov. 8 general election, winning with 14,503 votes.
  • Political career

    After spending two years on the Conrad Area School Board, McBride ran for the State House where he served one term before being elected to the State Senate in 1980, where he has served for the past 34 years.

    McBride is known as one of the hardest-working legislators in Dover, serving on a number of important committees. In 2012, he was elected as Senate Majority Leader by his Democratic colleagues. In 2017, he was selected as President Pro Tempore by a unanimous Senate vote.

    During his career, he's made public health a priority. In 2001, he led the effort in the General Assembly to get the nation's most-restrictive statewide indoor smoking ban – the Clean Indoor Air Act – passed and signed into law. He also authored the 1983 Nurse Practice Act, a 1989 bill establishing telephone service for the hearing and speech impaired, the Delaware Prescription Assistance Program Act of 2000 and the Delaware Cancer Consortium Act of 2003.

    McBride has also focused on energy and environmental issues, and he has chaired the Senate Natural Resources & Environmental Control Committee since 1992. He's credited with taking the lead on a 2000 bill that highly-restricts trash incineration in the First State, as well as for legislation passed a year later that increased penalties for chronic polluters. In 2010, he worked with Gov. Jack Markell on implementing a universal recycling throughout the state.

    An Air Force veteran, McBride has also been active in supporting veterans' initiatives. In 1981, he sponsored a bill naming I-495 as Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. He also sponsored a 1989 bill requiring POW-MIA flag displays and in 2001 urged the state to pursue the construction of a Veterans Home, which opened in Milford six years later.


  • Chair, Senate Natural Resources & Environmental Control, 1992–2016
  • Chair, Joint Sunset Committee, 2002
  • Chair, Senate Education Committee, 1980–1992
  • Chair, Senate Executive Committee, 2017-present
  • Chair, Senate Rules & Ethics Committee, 2017-present
  • Chair, Legislative Council, 2017-present
  • Vice Chair, Joint Sunset Committee, 2003
  • Member, Senate Labor and Industrial Committee, 1980–2016
  • Member, Senate Public Safety Committee, 2003–2016
  • Member, Senate Adult and Juvenile Correction Committee, 2003–2016
  • Member, Senate Highways and Transportation Committee, 2003–2016
  • Member, Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, 2003–2016
  • Member, Senate Rules & Ethics Committee, 2012–present
  • Member, Senate Executive Committee, 2012–present
  • Member, Legislative Council, 2012–present
  • Member, Senate Agriculture Committee, 2014–present
  • Member, Senate Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Committee, 2017-present
  • Member, Joint Finance Committee 1978–2002; 2004–2012
  • Member, Bond Bill Committee 1987–2002
  • Member, House Labor Committee 1978–1980
  • Notable legislation

  • I-495 named Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway, 1981
  • Living Will Act, 1982
  • Nurse Practice Act, 1983
  • Donated Leave Act, 1986
  • Telephone Services for Hearing or Speech Impaired Act, 1989
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, 1991
  • POW-MIA Flag Display, 1991
  • Delaware Firemen & First Responders License Plate Act, 1992
  • Victims' Rights Act, 1993
  • Clean Air Act Title V Operating Permit Program, 1995
  • Animal Welfare License Plate Act, 1996
  • Incinerator Ban, 2000
  • Delaware Prescription Assistance Program, 2000
  • Chronic Environmental Violator Program, 2001
  • Request State Officials Work With Delaware's Congressional Delegation and the Commission on Veterans' Affairs to Fund and Construct a State Veterans' Home in Delaware, 2001
  • Brownfield Redevelopment Act, 2001
  • Clean Indoor Air Act, 2001
  • Delaware Cancer Consortium Act, 2003
  • Delaware River and Bay Oversight Committee Act, 2005
  • Increase Penalties for Environmental Violations Act, 2006
  • Transfer or Closure of Chemical or Hazardous Substance Establishments and To Establish a Contractor Cleanup and Certification Program for Hazardous Substance Cleanup Sites Act, 2008
  • Universal Recycling Act, 2010
  • Floodplain and Wetlands Drainage Standards Act, 2011
  • Chronic Environmental Violator Program Expansion Act, 2011
  • Professional Engineers Licensing Act, 2011
  • Pawnbrokers Electronic Record-keeping Act, 2011
  • Hunting Light Prohibition Act, 2012
  • Invasive Fish Species Remediation Act, 2012
  • Wetlands Advisory Committee Act, 2013
  • Park Endowment Fund Effectiveness Act, 2014
  • Delaware Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act Expansion, 2014
  • Locomotive Non-Essential Idling Prohibition Act, 2015
  • Affiliations

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Member, Past Post Commander, Diamond State Post #2863, lifetime member
  • Professional Engineer, Delaware Society of Professional Engineers, 1976–present
  • State Legislative Leaders Foundation, Board Member, 2012–present
  • Council of State Governments, Environmental Committee, 1992–present
  • Delaware Bay & River Oversight Committee, 1993–present
  • Health Fund Advisory Committee, 1998–present
  • Council of State Governments Eastern Region, Executive Committee, 2002–present
  • Delaware Cancer Consortium, 2002–present
  • Henry Toll Fellows Program Graduate, 2003
  • National Council of State Legislators, Reapportionment Task Force, 1980 –2000
  • Awards

  • American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, Board Certified Environmental Engineer
  • Capitol Dome Award, American Cancer Society
  • Outstanding Professional, Delaware Victims' Rights Task Force
  • Certificate of Award, Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Commitment to Public Health Award, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
  • Community Health Award, Delaware Society for Respiratory Care
  • Community Service Award, Dunleith Civic Association
  • Community Service Award, Rosehill Community Coalition (NAACP)
  • Delaware Kick Butts Generation Award
  • Delaware State Bar Association Legislative Service Award
  • Delaware State Dental Society Legislator of the Year Award
  • Honorary Commander, 436th Airlift Wing United States Air Force
  • Honorary Lifetime Member, Minquadale Fire Company
  • Honorary Lifetime Member, Christiana Volunteer Fire Company
  • Honorary Lifetime Member, Five Points Fire Company
  • Honorary Lifetime Member, Holloway Terrace Volunteer Fire Company
  • Honorary Lifetime Member, Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Company
  • Humane Society of the United States Humane Society State Legislators Award
  • Local Control Leadership Award, Americans for Nonsmokers Rights
  • Mary Campbell Center Public Service Appreciation Award
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) 2013 Legislative Champions Award
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) 2014 Legislative Champions Award
  • National Highway Institute Fellowship Award
  • Outstanding Community Service Award, Holloway Terrace Civic Association
  • Outstanding Service Award, Howard Westin Senior Center
  • Public Service Award, Nature Conservatory
  • State Council for Persons with Disabilities Award
  • University of Delaware, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Outstanding Alumni 2012
  • ASCE Delaware's Civil Engineer of the Year, 2016
  • Delaware Engineering Society Engineer of the Year, 2017
  • References

    David McBride Wikipedia