Senator Ernie Lopez made history in 2012 by becoming the first Latino elected in the history of the Delaware State Senate representing the 6th State Senate District. Senator Lopez came to Delaware as a young child from Puerto Rico with his parents and has lived in Delaware for over 30 years. He holds an E.dD. in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware where he has worked with children and families for two decades.
Senator Lopez currently serves on the following Senate committees:
- Health, Children and Social Services
- Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy
In 2015, Senator Lopez was the prime sponsor of the landmark legislative bill: Riley’s Law, which allows for children to have access to medicinal cannabis. The law, controversial at first, was passed with unanimous support in both chambers of the Delaware General Assembly. Rylie’s Law is named after Rylie Maedler, a now twelve-year-old girl and a constituent of Senator Lopez from Rehoboth Beach.
Senator Lopez takes pride in his constituent service work and his reputation in the Senate is one of a consensus-builder who works across the aisle and with members of all parties to address the concerns and solve the problems of everyday Delawareans.
Senator Lopez lives in Lewes and is active in supporting the large number of non-profit and advocacy organizations in the Cape region. He is the father of two daughters both of whom attend local public schools in the Cape Henlopen School District. He worships at St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach.