Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long is widely recognized as a leader who uses her skill to bring people together, build consensus, and help find common-sense solutions to issues and problems facing Delaware families and communities.
Bethany has lead the fight to make Delaware stronger and healthier as Lieutenant Governor. As the leading voice behind the creation of the Behavioral Health Consortium and as Chair, she has convened parents, teachers, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, lawmakers, and community members who have been affected by mental health and addiction. Her efforts have helped bring substantive and effective change in stemming the opioid crisis and creating a behavioral health system that works for everyone in Delaware.
As a trained nurse, health scientist, and University professor, Bethany understands the connection between physical and emotional wellness, which led her to launch the Lt. Governor’s Challenge 2.0 in 2018. By shining a bright light on what other leaders are doing in our state to improve health and wellness, she is helping to inspire others to live healthier lives.
In 2018 Governor Carney tapped Bethany to Chair the Governor’s Complete Count Commission. As Chair she has convened the leaders from all over Delaware to make sure everyone, including those hardest to count, are included.
Bethany has also focused her time on increasing access to hygiene products, school supplies, clothing, and more for students who do not have their basic needs met with the Basic Needs Closet initiative.
Bethany has been a member of the UD Nursing Faculty now for more than twenty years. She also holds a distinguished record at the University of Delaware (UD). She was the first nursing faculty at UD to receive the University-wide excellence in teaching award and is currently a Professor of Nursing and Joint Faculty in Urban Affairs. Her research and community service record with at-risk groups such as pregnant teens, diabetics, the homeless, and the mentally ill, makes her a nationally recognized health scientist.
She currently serves as the Chair of the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association.
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 and married 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 from the Medical University of South Carolina, while Dana was stationed there as a member of the United States Navy. During Dana’s last tour at the Pentagon, Bethany completed her Ph.D. 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.
From 2002-2017, Bethany served as a member of Delaware’s legislature, first as a Representative and then as a Senator. She served as the chair of the Health and Social Services committee where her efforts were aimed at improving health outcomes among Delawareans by combating addiction, focusing on a stronger mental health system, fighting cancer, and health inequities in our state. She also served as a member of the capital budget Bond Committee where Bethany focused on building Delaware’s infrastructure, modernizing our schools, repairing our highways, and protecting our environment and open space.
Bethany was sworn in for the second time as Delaware’s 26th Lieutenant Governor on January 19th, 2021. She has always been and will continue to be a strong voice for all of Delaware.