Rep. Bentz Sworn into Office on First Day of Session

DOVER – The House of Representatives welcomed its newest member on Tuesday when Rep. David Bentz was sworn into office.

Rep. Bentz, 29, won a special election in September to fill the seat vacated last summer by Michael Barbieri, who resigned after serving in the House for the past seven years. Since 2011, Rep. Bentz worked in the House of Representatives as a legislative aide. During his time as an aide, he handled constituent relations and worked on various policy proposals for legislators, including mental health, public safety, veterans and election law. Upon election to the House, he resigned his post with the Democratic caucus.

“A year ago, I never would have thought I would be standing here in this position today,” said Rep. Bentz, D-Newark/Bear. “I’m honored and excited to serve the residents of the 18th District. I have been out visiting businesses and residents in the community since the election, listening to the issues that are important to them. While it’s great to celebrate today, we have a lot of challenging issues facing Delaware that we need to address in the coming months.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues this session to address the many challenges facing the state. I hope we take advantage of the opportunity we have to make positive change for the state.”

A graduate of Penn State University, Bentz earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Delaware in 2011. He lives in Whethersfield with his wife, Sara, a special education teacher at Appoquinimink High School.