Gerald W. Hocker, Sr
Date of Birth: January 9, 1948
P.O. Box 930
Ocean View, DE 19970
Place of Birth: Beebe Hospital Lewes, DE
Lifelong native of Sussex County-Raised in Millville, DE
Attended Lord Baltimore High School; Graduated 1966
Graduated in 1971 from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration
June 14, 1969-Married Emily West
Five Children; Eleven Grandchildren
State Representative 38th District-2002-2012
State Senator 20th District-2012-present
Founder and Organizer of the annual Springtime Jamboree for 32 years. All proceeds have benefited non-profit organizations, helping to put thousands of dollars in the community.
Beneficiaries: Lower Sussex Little League, River Soccer, Pop Warner Football, Delaware Hospice, Millville Volunteer Fire Co., Bethany Beach Volunteer Co., Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Co.
Member of the Ocean View Church of Christ
Honorary member of the Millville Fire Company
Recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow Award-Highest level Lions Club Award offered
Recipient of the Ralph N. Helm Fellow Award for Humanitarian Services---Delaware Lions Foundation, Inc.
Built several small businesses locally as well as renovating and reconstructing existing ones
Co-Capital Campaign Chairman (along with Dean Phillips) for the Friends of the South Coastal Library helping raise 100% of the money to build the new library before construction began. Served on the Board of Directors for three (3) years until construction was completed. Ten (10) years later served as Capital Campaign chairman along with Senator George Bunting to double the size of the South Coastal Library.
Served on the Board of Directors of First National Bank of Frankford in 1981 which then became Sussex Trust and served until purchased by Wilmington Trust Company
Served on the Board of Directors of Baltimore Trust Company until May, 2004
Recipient of the 1996 Hall of Fame Award from the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to serving the business community and long-standing membership in the Chamber of Commerce.
Recipient of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award "For Meritiorious and Distinguished Service in Furthering the Aims and Ideals for the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States"
Received Certificate of Appreciation Award from the United States Coast Guard for "Recognition of Notable Services which have assisted greatly in furthering the aims and function of the Coast Guard Station-Indian River Inlet"
Member of the Better Business Bureau since 1971
Member of the Federation of Independent Business since 1971
Former spokesman for United Way-Southeastern Sussex
Business Partner of the Year Award-Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce 2003
Has always strived to help his community in any way possible