Former Senator David B. McBride (D)

President Pro Tempore (SD 13)
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Legislative Service

Senate, 1980 to 2020
President Pro Tempore, 2017 to 2020
Majority Leader, 2012-2016
House of Representatives, 1978-1980


Sen. David B. McBride represented the 13th District, which stretches from the Christiana River south to Red Lion Road and encompasses dozens of neighborhoods along Route 13.  

A native of the suburban Wilmington area, McBride graduated from Conrad High School in 1960. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served from 1961 to 1969. After being stationed in Texas and Alabama, he served in the Pacific, with stints in Japan and Thailand. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant. During his time in the service, he took various secondary courses at several universities in the United States and Japan.

In 1969, McBride returned to Richardson Park, the community where he grew up. He then enrolled at the University of Delaware, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1972 and a master’s degree in civil engineering in 1975. He has been a member of the Society of Professional Engineers since 1976, and has worked as a civil engineer and consultant.

Sen. McBride began his career in public service with his 1976 election to the Conrad Area School Board, where he served as vice president from 1977 to 1978. He was then elected to the Delaware House of Representatives, where he served a single term before winning a seat in the state Senate in 1980.

Now the second-longest serving legislator in Delaware history, he was chosen by his peers to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Senate in 2017.

He served as chair of the Senate Executive Committee, chair of the Senate Rules & Ethics Committee and co-chair of Legislative Council. He also serves as vice chair of the Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee and is a member of the Senate’s Elections, Government & Community Affairs Committee and its Labor Committee. 

Sen. McBride is the proud father of Christine, David, Dillon, Alexandra and Ava. He and his wife, Margaret Payson McBride, also have seven grandchildren.

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