Senator S. Elizabeth Lockman (D)
Senate Majority Whip (SD 3)
Senate, 2018 to present
Senate Majority Whip, 2020 to present
Bachelor’s degree, Film and Linguistics, New York University, 2006
Master’s degree, Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Delaware, 2015
Sen. S. Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman represents the Third Senate District, which encompasses communities in central and west Wilmington and reaches into New Castle County to the South, including portions of Newport.
Raised in Wilmington’s Cool Spring neighborhood, Lockman graduated from Alexis I. du Pont High School. She later earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree in urban affairs and public policy from the University of Delaware.
Lockman entered community service in 2004 through Public Allies Delaware, where she served as program manager for Serviam Media’s Hearts & Minds Film Initiative. When her daughter enrolled in kindergarten at Highlands Elementary School, Lockman joined the Parent Teacher Association and served as the group’s president from 2010-2013.
From there, she was appointed to the Wilmington Education Advisory Committee by then Gov. Jack Markell and later served as vice chair of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, while also working as director of the Parent Advisory Council on Education (PACE) initiative at the Christiana Cultural Arts Center.
Lockman was elected to the Delaware Senate in 2018, where she succeeded former Sen. Robert Marshall to become just the second African-American woman elected to the General Assembly’s upper chamber. The Senate Democratic Caucus elected Sen. Lockman as Majority Whip in 2020.
Sen. Lockman has continued the fight for public education reforms that will improve educational equity and outcomes for all students, particularly those in Wilmington and northern New Castle County. She also led several criminal justice reform efforts.
Sen. Lockman currently serves as chair of the Senate Transportation and Rules & Ethics committees. She is the vice chair of the Senate Education Committee and serves as a member of the Executive, Housing, and Joint Finance committees.
She also serves as co-chair of the Redding Consortium for Education Equity, which is tasked with spearheading the search for ways the Delaware Department of Education and the General Assembly can work together to improve outcomes for students in Wilmington and Northern New Castle County.
She lives in Wilmington with her husband John.