Democrats and Republicans in Delaware's General Assembly picked their caucus leaders Wednesday after an election in which Democrats swept federal and statewide races and padded their margins in both chambers of the legislature.
Democratic House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf of Rehoboth and Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst of Delaware City retained their leadership posts, while John Mitchell Jr. of Elsmere will replace John Viola of Newark as Majority Whip.
House Republicans also met Wednesday afternoon, keeping Daniel Short of Seaford as Minority Leader and choosing Tim Dukes of Laurel to replace Deborah Hudson of Wilmington as Minority Whip. Hudson, who was first elected in 1994 and was the longest-serving member of the House, was defeated Tuesday by Democratic newcomer Krista Griffith.
On the Senate side, Democrats huddled behind closed doors for several hours Wednesday evening. They then announced that President Pro Tem David McBride of New Castle would remain in that position, while Sen. Nicole Poore of New Castle would become Majority Leader and Sen. Bryan Townsend of Newark will become Majority Whip.
Earlier in the day, Senate Republicans chose Sen. Gerald Hocker of Ocean View as Minority Leader and Sen. Catherine Cloutier of Wilmington as Minority Whip. Hocker replaces Gary Simpson of Milford, who chose not to seek re-election. Cloutier succeeds Greg Lavelle of Wilmington, a veteran lawmaker who was upset in Tuesday's election by Democrat Laura Sturgeon.
Lavelle's loss allowed Democrats to improve their margin in the Senate from 11-10 to 12-9.
Democrats also picked up a seat in the state House by defeating Hudson and now have a 26-15 advantage in that chamber.
In addition to padding their margins in the legislature, Democrats made a clean sweep in statewide races.
U.S. Sen. Tom Carper won a fourth term, keeping his unbeaten campaign record intact through more than four decades in politics.
Carper, who served five terms in the U.S. House and two terms as governor before being elected to the Senate in 2000, easily defeated Republican Rob Arlett, a Sussex County councilman who was Donald Trump's state campaign chair in 2016.
Meanwhile, Democratic U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, the first black and first woman to be elected to Congress from Delaware, easily defeated Republican Scott Walker to retain her seat.
On the state level, Democrats Kathleen Jennings, Kathy McGuinness and Collen Davis were elected attorney general, state auditor and state treasurer, respectively.