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Ernesto B. LopezREPRepublican State Senator, District 6
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Ernesto B. Lopez (born November 16, 1976) is an American politician and a Republican member of the Delaware Senate, where he has represented the 6th District since 2012. He was the first Latino elected to the Delaware Senate.Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Lopez moved to Delaware as a child with his parents. After attending public schools, he earned his BA at Gettysburg College and his EdD in educational leadership from the University of Delaware. After graduating, he worked for the university as an administrator.Lopez ran for New Castle County Council President in 2004 but lost to Democrat Paul Clark. In 2012, he ran for and won election to fill the Senate District 6 seat vacated by retiring Republican Liane Sorenson whose district had been redistricted from New Castle County to Sussex County. Lopez is the prime sponsor of Riley's Law, allowing for children in Delaware to have access to physician prescribed medicinal cannabis, which is named after one of his constituents. Lopez is also the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 200 which bans offshore drilling and seismic testing in Delaware's coastal waters.Lopez has two daughters with his former wife. In 2021, Lopez announced he would not seek reelection.

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Education5 - 5 of 3
Gettysburg College
BA
University of Delaware
EdD
University of Delaware
MA
Past Positions1 - 3 of 3
Senator
Delaware State Senate
2012 - 2022
State 4-H Volunteer Coordinator
Cooperative Extension Unit, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
2006 - Current
Former Associate Director
Undergraduate Admissions, University of Delaware
Other Experience1 - 16 of 16
Chair, Education Committee
Eastern Region, Council of State Governments
Current
Advisory Board Member
Redding Consortium for Educational Equity
Advisory Council Member
Delaware Cancer Consortium
Member
Saint Edmond Roman Catholic Church
Member
Epworth United Methodist Church
Member
Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition
Senate Minority Caucus Representative
Domestic Violence Coordinating Council for the State of Delaware
Vice-Chair of the Healthcare Taskforce
Executive Committee, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators
Former Member
Legislative Oversight and Sunset Joint Committee, Delaware State Senate
Former Member
Sunset Committee, Delaware State Senate
Former Member
Health & Social Services Committee, Delaware State Senate
Former Member
Transportation Committee, Delaware State Senate
Former Member
Health, Children & Social Services Committee, Delaware State Senate
Former Member
Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Committee, Delaware State Senate
Former Member
Education Committee, Delaware State Senate
Former Member
Children, Youth and Families Committees, Delaware State Senate