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John “Jack” Walsh

District 9

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John “Jack” Walsh

Sen. Jack Walsh represents the 9th Senate District, which includes Christiana and portions of Newark, Pike Creek, Stanton and Newport.

A lifelong Delawarean and graduate of St. Mark’s High School, Walsh is an electrician by trade and has been a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 313 for nearly 38 years.

From 1993 to 2002, he served on Local 313’s board of directors, executive board and its political action committee. He also led the union’s Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee from 1996 to 2001. Today, Sen. Walsh works as a project manager for Preferred Electric Inc.

He entered public service as a long-time member of the Montclare Civic Association, where he served as president. He then was elected to the Delaware Senate in 2016.

Since joining the Senate, Sen. Walsh has focused on economic development, education, workforce issues and animal abuse legislation.

He currently serves as chair of the Senate Capital Improvement Committee, vice chair of the Senate Labor Committee and a member of the Senate Banking, Business, Insurance & Technology Committee, Housing & Land Use and Veterans Affairs committees.

He also serves as vice president of the board of directors for the Humane Animal Partners, a board member of the Certified Thoroughbred Program, and a board member of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, a nonprofit co-funded by the state and the private sector to lead economic development efforts in the First State.

Sen. Walsh is a former baseball coach for Midway Little League and St. John the Beloved, where he and his family have long been parishioners.

He and his wife Jeanmarie live near Pike Creek, where they raised their three children Ryan, Lindsey and Kelsey. Walsh is the proud grandfather of three grandchildren, Ava, Emery, and Brayden.


Spouse: Jeanmarie; Children: Ryan, Lindsey and Kelsey


St. Mark’s High School, Class of 1980; Local 313 IBEW Joint Apprenticeship and Training School, 1988


Project manager

Legislative Service:

Senate, 2016 to present


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Legislative Highlights

Senate Bill 15

Thousands of working families have been lifted out of poverty thanks to legislation passed by Sen. Jack Walsh that continues to gradually increase Delaware’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. Under Senate Bill 15, Delaware’s base wage rose […]

Senate Bill 15

Senate Bill 127

Sen. Jack Walsh helped to bring hundreds of good-paying, new jobs to Delaware by creating a Site Readiness Fund that is helping to convert abandoned commercial and industrial sites for reuse by new employers. Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, Senate […]

Senate Bill 127

Senate Bill 35 (S)

Sen. Jack Walsh enacted new laws to crack down on companies that try to pay Delaware workers less than they are owed or avoid paying their fair share of state payroll taxes. Passed with bipartisan support, Senate Bill 35 (S) […]

Senate Bill 35 (S)

Senate Bill 322

In an effort to make life a little easier for Delaware’s working families, Sen. Jack Walsh passed legislation to make diaper changing stations a mandatory feature of most public restrooms throughout the First State. Passed unanimously by the Senate and […]

Senate Bill 322


Legislation filed to provide financial relief to Delaware workers

DOVER — Senator Nicole Poore, along with House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and Senator Jack Walsh, filed legislation Wednesday that creates a tax credit for union members paying annual dues to their labor organization. “Our unions have long been the driving force behind competitive […]