Bethany Hall-Long and Her Family
Bethany grew up on a farm in Sussex County with her two older brothers. She graduated top of her class in 1981 at Indian River High School, and was an active leader (class officer, drum majorette, captain of cheerleading) and competitive sports player (All-Conference hockey, track co-captain). She was selected for Boys and Girls State and was in the first class of the Governor's School for Excellence. She was the top graduate in all her collegiate programs.
Bethany and her husband Dana were high school sweethearts at Indian River High School and grew up two miles apart in lower Sussex County. They have been married since 1987. Dana is a U.S. Navy Veteran and an active member of various community organizations. He coaches baseball, football, and basketball with their son, Brock. Dana is a member of American Legion Post #25. Bethany traveled the east coast with her husband in the U.S. Navy. In each community, Bethany was honored with various awards for her community leadership and volunteerism.
During Dana's last tour at the Pentagon, Bethany became very active in grassroots politics and community activism. She worked as a nurse manager and home care nurse in Northern Virginia while completing her PhD at an early age. She served as a U.S. Senate and USDHHS fellow, receiving numerous awards for her community work and public policy activities on Capitol Hill.
Her record in Delaware and at the University of Delaware (U.D.) speaks for itself. Bethany was the first nursing faculty at U.D. to receive the University-wide excellence in teaching award and is currently a Professor of Nursing and Joint Faculty in Urban Affairs. Bethany's research and community service record with at risk groups such as pregnant teens, diabetics, homeless and the mentally ill, makes her a nationally recognized health scientist.
For the last 14 years, Bethany has served as a member of Delaware's legislature. First as a Representative, then as a Senator. She serves as the chair of the Health and Social Services committee where her efforts are aimed at ensuring a stronger, healthier Delaware by combating addiction, focusing on a stronger mental health system, and fighting cancer. She also serves as a member of the capital budget Bond Committee where Bethany focuses on building Delaware’s infrastructure, modernizing our schools, repairing our highways, and protecting our environment and open space.
Descended from Colonel David Hall, a judge, lawyer and 15th Governor of Delaware (1802), serving the community is in her blood. Her great-grandfather, David C. Hall, was elected to the Delaware House of Representatives (1916-1920).
Bethany's record of community volunteerism is extensive and her work in public policy is superior. She has always been, and will continue to be a strong voice for our Delaware.