Del. State Sen. Bruce Ennis Announces Retirement


A longtime Delaware state lawmaker plans to step down at the end of his current term in November.
State Senator Bruce Ennis, D-Smyrna, a lifelong Smyrna resident, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982.He won a special State Senate election in 2007 for the seat held by the late James T. Vaughn Senior.

Ennis has been re-elected four times. He says he plans to spend more time with his family.
“Serving in the Delaware General Assembly has been a great privilege and honor that I will cherish,”
Ennis said. “Knowing that the people placed their faith in me to represent their interests in so many
different ways, on so many important issues, is both humbling and gratifying.”

Ennis has been praised for being a champion of open space preservation, farm families, and advocating for residents in manufactured housing. Legislation with his name has created a statewide paramedic program, the Gold Alert System, and the placement of flashing lights on the backs of school buses.

“Bruce Ennis is one of the most honorable and kind-hearted people I have had the honor to serve
alongside here in the Delaware General Assembly,” Senate President Pro Tempore David Sokola, D-Newark said. “His generosity and dedication to his constituents are as legendary in this building as his
unwavering commitment to the public and the small-town way of life he has worked so hard to
preserve in Kent County.”

More about Senator Bruce Ennis, courtesy of the Senate Democratic Caucus:

After graduating from John Bassett Moore High School, Ennis joined the Delaware Air National Guard, where he rose to the rank of sergeant, and spent 20 years as a Delaware State Police Trooper, retiring in 1982 at the rank of Staff Captain. He is also a life member of Citizens’ Hose Company in Smyrna, where he has served as Fire Chief, President, and numerous other administrative and line officer roles over the past 63 years.