State House of Representatives, District 7
Larry is a community leader and a proud lifelong resident of the 7th Representative District of Delaware. For decades, he has led efforts to positively impact his community. He is proud of the progress that his team has made, but they know their work is not done until all families share in the prosperity that their labor and sacrifices have earned. Larry’s record of service in the 7th District has been recognized by Senator Joe Biden in front of the US Congress, on the Oprah Winfrey show, and on two front page features in Delaware’s largest newspaper.
In a nine-year span of his youth, Larry lost his big brother and both of his parents. At 20, he took on the responsibility of raising his little sister, who was a sophomore in high school. It was difficult paying all of the bills, raising a teenager, and being the first Lambert to graduate from college (from Temple University), but Larry persevered, to prove to his sister that “no matter what we go through, we never give up!”.
Larry served as a Sunday School teacher for 4 years, a teacher for 8 years, and a community advocate since childhood. He has actively worked to build bridges between Delaware’s private and nonprofit sectors and to bring resources into communities such as hot meals, books, mentors, murals, jobs, financial literacy workshops, and an environmental justice conference.
Larry is running for State Representative because he is passionate about helping his neighbors and ensuring that his hometown thrives. His experiences in the community, and the relationships he has developed with local political, economic, and educational leaders, will help local neighborhoods and families prosper.
Larry’s dad was a proud union member who worked at Delmarva Power for 27 years. He instilled in him blue-collar values of loyalty, justice, and looking out for your fellow man. As Representative, he will continue to fight for all workers by supporting a “Hire Delaware” policy for publicly funded ventures, like the large north Claymont construction projects. As co-chair of Delaware’s Living Wage Coalition, Larry worked with politicians in Dover and across the state to advocate to increase the minimum wage. Delaware did raise the minimum wage to $9.25, but it was not enough. Small incremental progress is not meaningful progress. Livable wages and strengthening labor protections allows for all Delawareans to have a dignified standard of living, and translates into more money being spent locally, creating more jobs, and stimulating the economy.
As a 39-year-old African-American male, Larry is acutely aware of systemic and institutional inequities from firsthand experience. It is that lived experience that inspires his campaign platform and legislative agenda. All but one of his local, county, state and federal elected officials are wealthy, white males, and all but two are in their 70s or 80s. Their experiences inspire their legislative records, thus wages, upward mobility, and economic opportunities for historically disregarded communities have stagnated.
Larry is not running for office, he’s running for his community! Every year, workloads and hours increase, but wages do not. He hopes that people will vote for their neighbor who is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Delaware’s most vulnerable residents. We need leadership we know, leadership we can trust, and leadership that listens.