Senator Trey Paradee (D)
Senator (SD 17)
Senate, 2018 to present
House of Representatives, 2012 to 2018
Master’s degree, Business Administration, University of Delaware, 1998
Sen. William Charles “Trey” Paradee III represents the 17th Senate District, which includes the City of Dover and the towns of Camden and Wyoming.
Paradee was first elected to represent the 29th District in the Delaware House of Representatives in 2012, a position he held for three terms. He was elected to the Delaware Senate in 2018.
Sen. Paradee was born and raised in Dover. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in 1991. Following graduation, he worked for his father’s company Paradee Gas Co. While raising his young family, Sen. Paradee attended evening classes to earn a master’s degree in business administration from UD in 1998.
When Paradee Gas Co. was sold in 2000, Paradee joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor. He opened an Edward Jones Investments office in downtown Dover in 2003 before founding Paradee Financial LLC in 2011. He continues to operate the company, which provides financial advice to small businesses and helps families save for college and retirement.
Sen. Paradee also has served on numerous boards and committees for local organizations and charities, including the Boy Scouts of America, Delaware Technical Community College Educational Foundation, the Downtown Dover Partnership, and the Inner-City Cultural League. Sen. Paradee also volunteered as a youth lacrosse coach for the Camden Mid-State Youth Lacrosse Club from 2009 to 2012.
Sen. Paradee currently serves as co-chair of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. He is the vice chair of the Senate Banking, Business & Insurance and Environment & Energy committees. He also sits on the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Sen. Paradee lives in Dover and is the proud father of Cassie, 26, and Charlie, 21. He is often seen in the company of his Labrador Retrievers Teddy Bear and Belle.