Why I want to be your State Senator
My parents taught me from a young age that serving the community is both an obligation and a privilege. I’ve lived in western Sussex County and have been involved in our community all of my adult life. I’ve been a small businessman for 30 years and I have served the people of Sussex County on the county planning and zoning commission over 20 years as well as serving on numerous statewide boards and organizations. I have developed a sound knowledge of how government works and how it should be working for us, but more important than that, I have come to know and love the people of our district by listening to you as we share our joys and needs, and what we believe in. My business experience, knowledge of government, willingness to listen and keep listening, and ability to stand up for what we deserve uniquely qualify me to serve you well as your Senator. Please give me this opportunity to give something back to you, the folks that have treated my family and me so well for the last 40 years. I will be your strong clear voice in Dover!
What does it really mean to be a State Senator?
First and foremost, being a state Senator is about serving your everyday needs—returning phone calls, answering emails, connecting you with those who can help you—that’s the heart of the job. Giving you a voice, making government work for you, starts with hearing your voice.
It means working to improving the lives of people—advocating for better cell phone service, high speed Internet, better access to services for our seniors, better schools and job opportunities so our young folks don’t have leave home to find a good paying job.
It means working with you to develop a vision and strategy for improvement, then fighting for the available resources to make it a reality.
It means being a good steward of our hard-earned tax dollars—to make sure that every buck has a bang—and to live within our means just like we do at home.
It means voting for the interests of the district, not some well-heeled special interest group looking for an advantage at someone else’s expense.
An effective state Senator provides thoughtful leadership for our district and our State through the creative development and careful consideration of legislation only when it is truly needed.
Bob Wheatley grew up in nearby Federalsburg, Maryland and graduated from Colonel Richardson High School in 1974. He put himself through college by working full time in the construction industry and attending Salisbury University mostly at night for nine years, graduating with honors in 1983. He moved to Sussex County in 1980 where he has lived ever since.
In 1993 Bob acquired The Whayland Company, a commercial contracting firm located in Delmar and Laurel, Delaware and continued to operate it successfully until he sold the business in 2013.
In 1994, Bob was appointed to the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission and was first elected Chairman in 2005. He continues to serve the people of Sussex County in that capacity today.
In 1998 he joined the board of directors of Bank of Delmarva, a 10-branch community bank located Sussex County, Delaware and Wicomico and Worcester Counties, Maryland. He continues to serve on the board and is chairman of the loan committee and chairman of the regulatory compliance committee.
In 2007, Bob established The Whayland Group, LLC to provide capital reserve study analysis services to property management companies and residential developments; and project consulting services to municipalities and private industry. Today Bob is designated Reserve Specialist #309 by the Community Association Institute, the only designated Reserve Specialist in the state of Delaware, and he is an associate commercial real estate broker at Keller Williams Commercial.
Active in many community endeavors over the years, Bob’s current community activities include board service on the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers, Laurel Redevelopment Corporation, The Ark Education Resource Center, Love INC, and a member of Delawareans for Environmental and Economic Development (DEED) and Sussex Economic Development Action Committee (SEDAC). He is a member of the Laurel and Seaford Lions Clubs where he administers the eyeglass services program.
Bob lives in Laurel with his wife Beckett. They have four grown children between them, all living and working in Sussex County. Bob and Beckett are active members of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel and enjoy participating in music ministries and other activities.