Brian J. Bushweller – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected State Senate District 17, Delaware

Delaware Democratic Party
103 Burning Tree Rd.Dover, DE 19904
(302) 674-5442
Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Brian grew up in New York and moved to Dover in 1981. He and his wife Rocky (married since 1966) have five grown children and ten grandchildren.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Starting his career as a Junior High music teacher in a traditional suburban school district, Brian moved to elementary classroom teaching at a church-affiliated special school for disadvantaged children where he had been serving as a part-time Chapel Choir Director. He later joined the staff of the teachers’ union in Florida and then in New York. A job with the Delaware State Education Association brought him and his family to Dover.

In 1993, Brian left the union to become then-Governor Tom Carper’s Legislative Liaison. For the next six sessions of the Delaware General Assembly, he worked closely with members of the House and Senate on important issues like job creation, education reform and improving the emergency medical response system.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Parent volunteer in PTA’s; PTO’s; Band, Chorus and Football Boosters; and Scouting.

3 time Honorary Commander at Dover Air Force Base.

Board Member, Dover Inner-city Cultural League.

Advisory Council Member and Board Member, Dover Community Partnership.

Chair, Delaware Emergency Medical Services Oversight Council (DEMSOC).

Chair, Delaware State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).

Member, Delaware Criminal Justice Council (CJC).

Chair, Criminal Justice Council Legislative Committee.

Governor’s Liaison to the Delaware General Assembly.

Secretary of the Department of Public Safety.

U.S. Senator Tom Carper’s State Director.

23 years as a teacher and teacher union representative.

Long time member, 31st District Democratic Committee.

Active member of numerous community and government councils, commissions and committees.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

In 1998, the Governor nominated Brian to serve as Secretary of the Department of Public Safety (now called the Department of Safety and Homeland Security). He was confirmed by a unanimous vote of the State Senate.

When Tom Carper was elected to the United States Senate in 2000, Brian accompanied him as State Director, responsible for the three offices Senator Carper maintains here in Delaware.

In 2007, Brian retired from his State Director position in part to be able to devote full time to his own campaign for the State Senate.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Brian himself holds an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Ulster County Community College in New York, a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University in California. He also earned a second Master’s in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University through a program at Dover Air Force Base.

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