Senator Laura V. Sturgeon (D)
Senator (SD 4)
Senate, 2018 to present
Bachelor’s degree, Communications, University of Delaware, 1988
Master’s degree, Literature and Pedagogy, University of Delaware, 1994
The daughter of Argentine immigrants, Sturgeon has lived or worked in Delaware since she was just over a year old. A proud graduate of Brandywine High School, she later earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in English literature, both from the University of Delaware.
Sturgeon worked as a public school teacher for 25 years, before retiring from her job teaching Spanish at Concord High School in late 2019. Before Concord, she taught English at Delcastle Technical High School and Hodgson Vocational Technical High School for 17 years.
Prior to running for public office, Laura served in an appointed position on her local teacher union’s executive committee and later won a seat on the board of the Delaware State Education Association, the largest union in the state. She also was active in various community groups and nonprofit organizations. Those experiences, combined with her passion for women’s rights and her desire to help mold public education policy, inspired her to run for a seat in the Delaware General Assembly in 2018.
She won a decisive victory against a long-time, well-financed incumbent by mobilizing grassroots activists to knock on tens of thousands of doors over a two-year period to become the first Latina ever elected to the Delaware State Senate, which stands as one of her proudest accomplishments.
Sen. Sturgeon currently serves as chair of the Senate Education Committee, vice chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and holds a seat on the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee.
She and her husband Bill live in the Woodbrook neighborhood with a dog and a very large cat.