February 27, 2007

Wayne Smith retiring from Delaware House

BREAKING NEWS:

Representative Wayne A. Smith (R-Brandywine Hundred North) today announced that he is retiring from the House of Representatives as of Monday, March 12th, 2007. He also serves as the chamber’s House Majority Leader.

Smith, aged 44, is leaving elected office to take a position as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Delaware Healthcare Association (DHA). The Delaware Healthcare Association is a statewide trade and membership services organization that exists to represent and serve hospitals, health systems, and related health care organizations in their role of providing a continuum of appropriate, cost-effective, quality care to improve the health of the people of Delaware.

“Leaving the General Assembly is a difficult decision,” Smith said. “However, I am very excited about the professional opportunity of working with Delaware’s healthcare leaders on health issues. The Board and staff of the DHA are very talented and dedicated people. I have tremendously enjoyed public policy making as an elected official. One of the attractive features of this opportunity is that I will be able to continue to work on healthcare issues affecting our state’s residents.”

“I have to extend thanks to the citizens of the Seventh District for sending me as their delegate to Dover through nine elections,” Smith said. “It is a very special feeling to know people trust you enough to give you their vote. I have great constituents. Also, my many campaign volunteers and members of my Steering Committee I can’t thank enough. Their countless hours spent waging politics on my behalf is deeply appreciated. And I have to thank the members of my caucus for electing me as their Majority Leader. It is a tremendously fun job and I’ll always treasure my role as a legislative leader. I have enormous respect for all of the members of the General Assembly. The noise of a democracy at work is messy, discordant and at times frustrating. My fellow legislators are good people and good public servants who should take pride in their roles. I haven’t seen a legislative body yet that does it better than the Delaware General Assembly.”

“It’s been a great ride and I very much appreciate the efforts of the Governors I’ve worked with, staff in both the legislative and executive branch and my colleagues. They are all very special people.”

Posted by Hube at February 27, 2007 07:51 PM | TrackBack

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A huge loss for the state of Delaware.......Smith was one of the most intellectual, no nonsense, get the job done legislators Delaware has ever seen...

Posted by: cardinals fan at February 28, 2007 01:52 PM