Paul Baumbach, EG83

Paul Baumbach is a Renaissance man with a prominent and diverse profile: Computer Science major; Philosophy minor; UD Honors program; former UD Computer Center employee; student government treasurer; Harrington Theatre Arts Company; service projects in the Gulf after Hurricane Katrina; working with his church on matters of equality and homelessness; environmental advocacy work; board member of the Newark Housing Authority, and the list goes on...

So it's no wonder that this passionate and compassionate UD alumnus won the 2012 election to become representative of Delaware's 23rd district, which encompasses much of Newark and portions of UD campus.

Baumbach's campaign slogan, Moving Forward, Giving Back, is indicative of his life's work.

"This dedication to work hard to make our community stronger is extremely fulfilling, and I am excited to have the honor of bringing my energy and passion to the Delaware General Assembly," says Baumbach.

The new Democratic representative is committed to forging partnerships between the University, the city, and the state, and says he will strive to strengthen the greater Newark community by bringing issues important to Newark and the University to Dover.

Despite his serious work, Baumbach knew how to make the most of his college days: "I will always fondly remember the cheap movies in Smith Hall, jello cubes stuck on the ceiling of Rodney Dining Hall, late night computer programming in the Smith Hall basement, milkshakes at the Scrounge, and of course the Deer Park and Stone Balloon."

His advice to students: get involved.

"Try out extracurricular activities during your undergraduate years. There are almost unlimited opportunities at UD," says Baumbach. "If you have a passion for politics and public service, then explore the political organizations, on campus and off. Delaware is a tremendous place to live, and to be involved in politics."


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