Majority Leader, 15th District
Valerie J. Longhurst was first elected to the Delaware House of Representatives in November 2004 to represent the 15th District. The district consists of 20,000 people living in Bear, Delaware City and St. Georges. In 2008, she was elected as the House Majority Whip and served for four years. After the 2012 election, her caucus elected her House Majority Leader. Representative Longhurst is currently chair of the House Administration, Ethics and Rules committees. She is also a member and the former chair of the House Manufactured Housing Committee.
Valerie spent her early adult years working in the insurance industry. She formerly worked for AIG Insurance in Chadds Ford, Pa. During her tenure, she advanced her career from corporate trainer to quality assurance manager and ultimately to director of operations.
In addition to her responsibilities in the General Assembly, she plays an important role in many local and national organizations, including:
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Board member, National Conference of State Legislators Women’s Network Advisory Council member , Council for State Governments Budget and Revenue Standing Committee member, Police Action League Board member, Community Involvement Advisory Board member, Delaware Sports Commission Advisory Council member, and YMCA Board member.
Prior to becoming a Legislator, she volunteered for local organizations, including:
Community Advisory Panel member for Delaware City Refinery; Delaware support group leader for National Alopecia Areata Foundation; board member, softball commissioner and coach for Bear Babe Ruth Little League; Vice President of Emerald Ridge Maintenance Corporation.