Senator David P. Sokola (D)
President Pro Tempore (SD 8)
Senate, 1990 to present
President Pro Tempore, 2021 to present
Bachelor’s degree, Physical Education, University of Delaware, 1977
Fitness instructor, Hockessin Athletic Club
Sen. Dave Sokola represents the Eighth Senate District, which includes portions of Newark, Pike Creek, North Star and Hockessin.
A graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from University of Delaware. After brief stints as a steelworker and a teacher, Sokola took a job as a lab technician at the DuPont Experimental Station, where he worked for 34 years before retiring in 2015. He now spends his free time raising bees and teaching Sprint, youth cycle and fitness classes at the Hockessin Athletic Club.
Sokola was first elected to the state Senate in 1990. He is best known for his work improving Delaware’s education system, passing strong environmental laws and working to keep a balanced state budget. He also was a Senate prime sponsor of legislation that created graduated driver’s licenses and marriage equality in Delaware, along with the measure that established the state’s public benefit corporation law.
Sen. Sokola was chosen by his peers to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Senate in 2021. He also chairs the Senate Executive Committee and serves as a member of the Senate Education, Corrections and Veterans Affairs committees.
In addition, Sen. Sokola represents the Senate on the Delaware Foundation for Science, Math & Technology Education, and as a member of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council, a panel of state officials and economists who study the state’s fiscal outlook and project anticipated revenues.
He previously served on numerous state commissions and task forces, including the School District Consolidation Task Force, the Advance Educator Compensation and Careers Committee, the Enrollment Preference Task Force, the Truancy Task Force and the board of the Diamond State Port Corporation.
He and his wife Kathy live outside Newark. They have one daughter, Megan, and the best dog in the world, Cayce.