Senate Minority Whip Liane Sorenson (R-Hockessin) announced today she will not seek re-election in the fall.
Sorenson has served on the Delaware State Legislature for 20 years, with two of those years in the House of Representatives and 18 years in the Senate.
“It’s time,” she said. “I have had an incredible experience and I am very grateful for all of my constituents from Newark to Hockessin and all the way up to Brandywine Hundred.”
During her time in office, Sorenson has chaired the House Education Committee, the Delaware Family Law Commission and the Teen Dating Violence Task Force.
Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson (R-Milford) said he was disappointed and saddened to hear the news of Sorenson’s retirement, but is happy for her.
“I will miss her wise counsel, her common sense and her ability to make decisions in a fair, impartial way that is best for Delaware citizens,” he said.
If Sorenson were to run in this year’s election, she would likely have faced Sen. Dave Sokola (D-Newark) due to the new redistricting lines that passed in the Senate last year, putting the two in the same district.
“I think there are some incredible candidates out there,” Sorenson said. “I wouldn’t write this race off by any means. I believe that I would have beat Dave Sokola if I had run and I believe there are people out there who have a very fair shot.”
Lee to retire from House
Rep. Biff Lee (R-Laurel) also announced that he will retire in November.
Lee, who was elected to the Senate in 1990, said he plans to spend more time with his family and would like to travel more.
“For 22 years I have put constituents ahead of family and friends and now I think it’s time that changed,” he said.
Lee was first elected after the death of his father, Clifford F. Lee, who had been a legislator for four years and was running for a third term. He was killed in a car accident just five weeks before the election. Biff ran in his father’s place that year and has held the seat ever since.
Lee said he has not ruled out other career possibilities.
“I have absolutely no plans right now, but I’m not one that can sit around and do nothing so I’ll have to fiddle at something,” he said.
Lee would have faced Democratic challenger Raymond C. Adkins of Seaford for the 40th Representative District.