Senator Ernesto B Lopez (R)
State Senator 2012-present
Dr. Ernesto B. “Ernie” López is a Delaware State Senator serving the 6th District which includes Dewey Beach, Harbeson, Lewes, Milton, Rehoboth Beach & surrounding areas.
Senator López made history in 2012 by becoming the first Latino elected to the Delaware State Senate. Senator López came to Delaware as a young child from Puerto Rico with his parents and has lived in the “First State” for over 40 years. He holds a B.A. from Gettysburg College and an E.dD. in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware where he has worked with children and families for over two decades.
Senator López currently serves on the following Senate committees:
- Health, Children and Social Services
- Legislative Oversight and Sunset
In 2015, Senator López was the prime sponsor of the landmark legislative bill: Riley’s Law, allowing for children to have access to physician prescribed medicinal cannabis. The law, controversial at first, was passed with unanimous support in both chambers of the Delaware General Assembly. Rylie’s Law is named after Rylie Maedler, a now fourteen-year-old constituent of Senator López from Rehoboth Beach.
In 2018, Senator López was the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 200, an internationally recognized and cited piece of legislation, banning offshore drilling and seismic testing from the coast of Delaware.
Nationally and regionally, Senator López has been called to lead alongside elected officials from across the county. He currently serves the Eastern Region of the Council of State Governments as chair of the Education Committee and on the Executive Committee of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators as Vice-Chair of the Healthcare Taskforce.
Senator López takes great pride in his constituent service here at home and his reputation in the General Assembly as a consensus-builder who works across the aisle to address concerns of all Delawareans. Senator López lives in Lewes and is active in supporting the large number of community, volunteer and outreach based organizations in the Cape region. He is the father of two daughters, both of whom attend local public schools in the Cape Henlopen School District. The Senator worships at St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach.