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About the Lieutenant Governor's Office
The Lt. Governor of Delaware is the second ranking executive office in the state after the Governor of Delaware. The Lt. Governor presides over the state Senate and chairs Delaware’s Board of Pardons. The Lt. Governor’s office also serves as a resource to help Delawareans connect with various state agencies and divisions.
Bethany Hall-Long was sworn in as Delaware’s 26th Lt. Governor on January 17th, 2017.
Born and raised on her family’s farm in Sussex County with her two older brothers, Bethany graduated from Indian River High School where she met her high school sweetheart, Dana. After graduation, she went on to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a nurse at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Upon graduation, she and her husband, Dana, moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where she pursued her MSN in community health nursing, while Dana was stationed there as a member of the United States Navy. During Dana's last tour at the Pentagon, Bethany completed her PhD in health policy and nursing administration from George Mason University, and served as a fellow for the U.S. Senate as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Their love of Delaware, and desire to be close to their families caused Bethany and Dana to move back and make their home in Middletown with their son, Brock.
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The first constitutional duty of the Lieutenant Governor is to preside over the Delaware State Senate which consists of 21 senators. The Lieutenant Governor only casts votes in order to break a tie.
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Board of Pardons
The other constitutional duty of the Lieutenant Governor is to serve on the Board of Pardons with the Chancellor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer and Auditor of Accounts.