Former Representative Helene M. Keeley (D)
Speaker Pro Tempore
Dover, DE 19901
Helene M. Keeley is a member of the Delaware House of Representatives, representing the 3rd District since 1996 and is the longest serving member of the Delaware House of Representatives. She currently serves as Chair of the Revenue & Finance Committee, Vice Chair of the Gaming & Pari-mutuels Committee, and a member of the Economic Development, Banking, Insurance & Commerce, and Labor Committees. Representative Keeley currently works as the Community Relations Coordinator with the Delaware Department of Labor, and previously worked for Rosenbluth International as a Global Project Manager.
Representative Keeley serves on the Board of Directors for Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center, St. Patrick’s Day Society Board, and Aids Delaware. She is a member of the New Deal National Democratic Leadership, and a current Board Member and State Director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL). Rep. Keeley served as National Chair for NFWL in 2016. In 2017 Rep. Keeley will serve as Vice Chair for the Council of State Governments (CSG) National and will serve as National Chair for CSG in 2019. Past leadership roles include Chair of CGG Eastern Regional Conference 2015, and President of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) (’14, 15,’16). As the past Chair of the Capital Budget Committee, Rep. Keeley was instrumental in providing funding for the development of bike trails, promoting environmental sustainability while connecting many of Delaware’s small cities and towns.
Through her tenure with the Delaware General Assembly, Rep. Keeley has taken an active role in championing important legislation including the Medical Marijuana Act and the improved Driving Under the Influence (DUI) laws. Rep. Keeley has worked to successfully pass legislation to provide additional training to first responders of sexual assault cases. She has also successfully championed a bill that ballistics information be added to a national database so that gun related crimes could be solved in a timely matter. Representative Keeley has worked to establish a statewide needle exchange program, the statewide Foreclosure Mediation program to assist homeowners facing foreclosure, and decriminalize certain marijuana possession offenses. She is currently working to regulate pay day loans in the state, which unfairly targets people in poverty and low socioeconomic status.
Public service is her passion and Rep. Keeley is a fierce advocate for women’s rights and criminal justice reform. Rep. Keeley resides with her husband, Michael Green and her loving canine companion, Hebe, in Wilmington.