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Delaware Senate Democrats

Delaware Senate confirms new Chief Justice, first black associate justice

November 7, 2019

DOVER – Senators unanimously confirmed two nominees to the Delaware State Supreme Court on Thursday.

Gathering for a special session to consider the nominees, Senators voted 21-0 to confirm Justice Collins J. Seitz as Delaware’s newest Chief Justice and Vice-Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves as Delaware’s newest associate justice.

Seitz, who has served on the Supreme Court since 2015, will become the 27th chief justice. A life-long Delawarean and graduate of Tower Hill, Seitz has been a member of the Delaware Bar since 1983.

Vice-chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves will move up from the Chancery Court to fill the vacated seat, becoming the first African-American justice on Delaware’s highest court in the process.

“Delaware’s judiciary is one of the most highly regarded institutions in the world and it has earned that reputation by cultivating an elite pool of lawyers, judges, and experts,” said Senate Pro Tem David McBride, D-Hawk’s Nest. “As Senators, we play a small but important role in sustaining that level of excellence by confirming judicial nominees and I can say with confidence that today’s nominees are some of the best we have ever considered. I was supremely impressed by their experience, their commitment to the law and justice in this state, and their testimony in the Senate chamber today. It is my hope that all Delawareans will join my colleagues and me in celebrating today’s unanimous confirmation votes.”

The moves come immediately following the October 31 retirement of Chief Justice Leo Strine, who had served in the top seat since 2014.