State Rep. Deborah Hudson – A Brief Biography
Deborah D. Hudson began her career of public service as a teacher at Claymont Middle School and an educator at Winterthur Museum. Her first experience with elective office came in 1986 when she won the post of New Castle County Prothonotary. In 1994, she made a successful bid for the 12th Representative District seat, which she has held ever since. The district is located in north-central New Castle County.
One of Rep. Hudson's most noteworthy legislative accomplishments is her sponsorship of Delaware's Clean Indoor Air Act. The law, which prohibits smoking inside public establishments, was enacted in 2002. The legislation is recognized as one of the most protective measures of its kind in the nation and has been emulated elsewhere.
In 2012, Rep. Hudson, continuing to advocate for important health issues in Delaware, was the lead sponsor of legislation requiring equal insurance coverage for oral and intravenous anti-cancer treatments. Joined by numerous health advocacy organizations in Delaware, Rep. Hudson fought for the enactment of the “Delaware Cancer Treatment Access Act.”
A full-time legislator, Rep. Hudson serves as a leader among her House colleagues. She was elected in December 2012 to serve as House Minority Whip of her House caucus.
A former member of the House Revenue and Finance Committee, Rep. Hudson has been a champion of reducing taxes for individuals, small businesses and retirees. She was one of the leading advocates for the most recent rollback of the gross receipts tax.
In 2007, Rep. Hudson served as Chairman of the trade organization, the Council of State Governments, a national organization representing all three branches of government.
A leading supporter of good government/open government legislation, Rep. Hudson has backed initiatives to give the public more access to the budgetary process and to stream audio of the House of Representatives’ proceedings on the Internet.
Rep. Hudson is a member of the Delaware Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) that is responsible for gauging expected state revenue. The state operating budget is based on these forecasts.
During Rep. Hudson's tenure in the State House, she has worked very hard to protect the rights of domestic violence victims. Soon after being sworn into office, she was appointed by Speaker of the House Terry Spence to serve on the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC), which studies court services and procedures and law enforcement protocol as they relate to domestic violence cases.
Rep. Hudson has never shied away from controversial subjects. She has been an outspoken advocate of increasing state funding for Delaware’s public charter schools. Rep. Hudson was also a leading supporter of legislation that would have established a legal and regulatory framework for conducting stem cell research in the First State.
Rep. Hudson serves on the following House committees: Rules; Administration; Ethics; Veterans Affairs; and Telecommunications, Internet and Technology.