Senator Bryan Townsend (D)

Senate Majority Leader (SD 11)
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Legislative Hall
411 Legislative Ave.
Dover, DE 19901
Leghall Phone: 302-744-4165

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Senate, 2012 to present
Majority Whip, 2018 to 2020
Majority Leader, 2020 to present


Spouse: Lilianna
Children: Logan and Landon 
Glasgow High School, 1999
Bachelor’s degree, Economics, University of Delaware, 2003
Bachelor’s degree, Philosophy/Biology, University of Delaware, 2004
Master’s degree, Economics, University of Delaware, 2003
Master of Philosophy degree, Chinese Studies, University of Cambridge, 2006
Juris Doctorate, Yale Law School, 2009

Sen. Bryan Townsend represents the 11th Senate District, which covers the Greater Newark area and Bear from Del. 72 east to Route 1 and Old Newark Road south to U.S. 40.

A native Delawarean, Bryan is the son of a retired Newark police officer and a long-serving public school teacher. He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1999 before attending the University of Delaware and earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Economics, along with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy/Biology. He then earned a Master of Philosophy degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Cambridge before receiving a law degree from Yale Law School.

After law school, Bryan returned to Delaware to clerk for Chancellor William Chandler III in Georgetown. He then became an attorney at a major Delaware law firm, where he has represented Delaware businesses of all sizes, as well as children in foster care, victims of domestic violence, and a veteran with service-related disabilities.

Bryan was first elected to the Delaware Senate in 2012. The Senate Democratic Caucus elected him Majority Whip in 2018 and Majority Leader in 2020. 

He currently chairs the Senate Housing Committee and serves as vice chair of the Senate Executive Committee. Sen. Townsend is also a member of the Senate Agriculture, Education, Judiciary, and Rules & Ethics committees. He previously served on the Education and Capital Improvement Committee (Bond Bill) committees.

Bryan has volunteered with the Christiana Volunteer Fire Co., Special Olympics Delaware, the Food Bank of Delaware, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Delaware. He also has served on the board of directors for the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club.

Bryan and his wife Lilianna, a fellow attorney and a first-generation Vietnamese American, are proud parents of two young sons.

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