State Rep. Lyndon Yearick, R-Dover South, recently was honored as the Kent County Outstanding Elected Official of the Year.

The award was bestowed by the Kent County Republican Committee during a recent function.

State Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson described Yearick in the presentation as a man who brings a diverse skill set and extensive knowledge to his duties in the General Assembly.

“He has 20 years of business experience in industries ranging from housing and banking to health care and education,” Simpson said. “He has also worked as a public school educator, mentoring local elementary school students, and has served on advisory committees for both the Caesar Rodney and Polytech school districts.”

Simpson noted Yearick's upbringing on a Pennsylvania dairy farm.

"Lyndon is one of the few Delaware legislators who have firsthand agricultural experience, giving him unique insights into the challenges faced by the farming community,” Simpson said. “He authored legislation creating Delaware Produce Week. Entering its third year, the annual observation has worked to link Delaware farmers with local consumers.”

In his first term in office, Yearick was selected to attend the prestigious Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy, a program to help promising officials become better policymakers. He currently is serving on a special committee that is exploring reinventing the way Delaware handles economic development.