Bear, Delaware

term expires July 1, 2025

Samuel E. Lathem



  • Retired President, Delaware State AFL-CIO President 
  • Retired UAW International Staff, Chrysler Division, 1999-2004
  • Retired Chrysler Newark Assembly Plant, member of UAW Local 1183, 1965-2004
  • Retired Region 8 Administrator, 1993-2004

Civic and Business Affiliations

  • Delaware River and Bay Authority Commissioner, June 2001-present
  • Board member, Diamond State Port Corporation
  • Board member, Junior Achievement
  • Member, Interagency Council on Literacy
  • Chairman, DE Council on Vocational Education
  • Member, Task Force on High School Graduation Requirements
  • Member, Workforce Development Council
  • Member, Delaware Council on Labor
  • UAW Volunteer Organization Award Recipient – Delaware


  • UAW Summer School, University of Tennessee
  • Region 8 Leadership Conference Participant on several occasions

Volunteer Work

  • United Negro College
  • Region 8 Family Training Center, Director of Special Tutoring
  • Facilitator - UAW/4-H Summer Camp for inner city youth

Married to Jean Lathem; ordained Baptist minister, October 19, 1992; active member of the UAW since 1965.