Senator Bryan Townsend (D)

Senator (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 7, and Old Newark Road south to U.S. 40.

Bryan is the son of a retired Newark police officer and a retired public school teacher. He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1999 before attending the University of Delaware (economics/philosophy/biology), the University of Cambridge (Chinese studies), and Yale Law School.

After law school, Bryan returned to Delaware to clerk for Chancellor William Chandler III of the Delaware Court of Chancery. He then became an attorney focused on Delaware corporate litigation, and 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. Bryan is also a member of the Senate Agriculture, Education, Judiciary, and Rules & Ethics committees. He previously chaired the Health & Social Services Committee and Banking & Business Committee and served on the Capital Improvement Committee (Bond Bill).

Bryan has volunteered with the Christiana Volunteer Fire Co., Special Olympics Delaware, the Food Bank of Delaware, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Delaware.

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

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