The former New Castle County sheriff and World War II Navy soldier retired in 2004 after 22 years in the House representing the New Castle area and south Wilmington.
Former state representative Herman Holloway Jr. called Houghton a "very fine gentleman" and said he worked hard in his district and was very loving and jovial.
Gilligan says Houghton didn't make an enemy in 20 years and never went back on his word.
Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com