Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2002

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Elections for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were held on November 5, 2002, with all districts being contested.[1] State Representatives are elected for two-year terms, with the entire House of Representatives up for a vote every two years.[2] The term of office for those elected in 2002 ran from January 7, 2003[3] until November 30, 2004.[4] Necessary primary elections were held on May 21, 2002.[5]

This was the first Pennsylvania House of Representatives election held after the constitutionally-mandated[6] decennial reapportionment plan.[7][8]

Make-Up of the House[edit]

Affiliation Seats at Last Election Seats at End of Legislative Session Seats after Election Change Since Last Election
Democratic 99 97 93 -6
Republican 104 106 110 +6

Notable elections[edit]

Special election for the 100th legislative district[edit]

A special election for the 100th legislative district was held on July 16, 2002, following the April resignation of Republican John Barley, who had been the third highest ranking Republican in the House and Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.[9] He had first announced his intention to retire in early 2002, only to change his mind in March when he unexpectedly showed up at a local party committee meeting, where he received the Republican Party endorsement.[9] He changed course again in March and announced his retirement, citing a growing controversy in his native Lancaster County over a secret action by his son, a member of the zoning board, to rezone a portion of the Barley family farm to allow it to be sold to a landfill operator for $15.7 million.[9] Barley predicted that had he continued with his re-election plans, his opponents would have tried to "destroy" him and his family.[9] Republican Gibson C. Armstrong, the son of Barley's predecessor Senator Gibson E. Armstrong, received the Republican endorsement and easily defeated Democrat Bruce Beardsley.[10]

Special election for the 2nd legislative district[edit]

A special election for the 2nd legislative district was held on August 14, 2001, following the May 2001 death of Italo Cappabianca. The local Democratic committee controversially endorsed Gayle Wright over Cappabianca's widow, Linda.[11] Cappabianca decided against mounting a formal write-in campaign, citing time constraints, but encouraged voters to write her in as an independent candidate.[12] Wright won the August 14 contest with 48.2% of the vote, with Cappabianca placing a strong second with 39.1%.[13]

Special election for the 149th legislative district[edit]

A special election for the 149th legislative district was held on February 12, 2002 following the resignation of Democrat Constance H. Williams, who was elected to represent the 17th senatorial district in the Pennsylvania Senate. In that election, Republican Wallis Brooks narrowly defeated Democrat Daylin Leach.[14] Brooks finished the remainder of Williams' term before losing a re-match to Daylin Leach in the 2002 general election.[15]

Special election for the 176th legislative district[edit]

A special election for the 176th legislative district was held on April 23, 2002 following the resignation of Christopher Wogan, who was elected a judge of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in November 2001. Per the legislative redistricting plan enacted in 2001, the 176th district was moved from Philadelphia County to Monroe County.[16] In that election, Republican Monroe County Commissioner Mario Scavello defeated Democrat Joseph Battisto, who had represented the nearby 189th legislative from 1983 until his defeat in 2000.[17]

A special election for the 28th legislative district was held on June 26, 2001, following the resignation of Jane Orie, who was elected in March 2001 to represent the 40th senatorial district in the Pennsylvania Senate.[18] Republican Mike Turzai, an attorney and former member of the Bradford Woods councilman, defeated Democrat Thomas Dancison by a 3-1 margin and captured every precinct in the reliably Republican suburban Pittsburgh district.[19] This was the second election for Turzai, who unsuccessfully challenged Congressman Ron Klink in 1998.

Primary elections[edit]

In the primary election held on May 21, 2002, four incumbent legislators (two Republicans and two Democrats) lost their party's nomination. In the 19th legislative district, Democratic incumbent William Russell Robinson was defeated by Jake Wheatley, a staffer for Pittsburgh City Councilman Sala Udin, a Robinson rival.[20][21] The Robinson campaign was criticized for a weak effort, finishing the election with cash left over.[22]

In the 2nd legislative district, Democratic Gayle Wright, who had been elected in a 2001 special election, lost to Florindo Fabrizio.[21] In the 97th legislative district, Republican Jere Strittmatter lost a surprising upset to Manheim Township Supervisor Roy Baldwin.[21][23][24] In the 98th legislative district, Republican Thomas E. Armstrong lost to Lancaster County Clerk of Courts David Hickernell.[21]

Retirements[edit]

Four seats left open by Democratic retirements were kept by Democrats, with Vince Biancucci succeeding Nick Colafella, Marc J. Gergely succeeding Tom Michlovic, Nick Kotik succeeding Fred A. Trello, and Neal Goodman succeeding Edward J. Lucyk. Seven seats left open by Republican retirements were filled by other Republicans, with Scott W. Boyd succeeding Jere W. Schuler, Martin T. Causer succeeding Kenneth M. Jadlowiec, C. Adam Harris succeeding Daniel F. Clark, Mauree Gingrich succeeding Edward H. Krebs, Douglas G. Reichley succeeding Jane S. Baker, and Scott A. Petri succeeding Roy Reinard. Long-time Representative Frank Tulli retired shortly after winning the Republican nomination in the May primary. Fellow Republican John Payne took his place on the November ballot, winning easily.[25]

Three Western Pennsylvania incumbent Democrats retired after their districts were moved to the eastern portion of the state during the decennial redistricting process. All three of these seats were captured by Republicans. Democrat David Mayernik had his district, the 29th legislative district, "diced" into seven other districts and moved across the state from Allegheny County to Bucks County, Pennsylvania.[16] Democratic leaders were unhappy that he had crossed party lines and otherwise disobeying caucus leaders.[16] This newly reconfigured seat was captured by Bernie O'Neill, a Bucks County Republican. Democrat Ralph Kaiser retired when the 41st legislative district was moved from Allegheny County to Lancaster County, which was retribution by the House Democratic caucus for his fiscally conservative voting pattern.[26] The seat was taken by Katie True, who had previously represented the 37th legislative district, a seat she gave up in 2000 to run for Pennsylvania Auditor General. Democrat Leo Trich's Washington County-based district, the 47th legislative district, was moved to York County, where it was captured by Republican Keith J. Gillespie.

62nd legislative district[edit]

In the 62nd legislative district, incumbent Democrat Sara Steelman was upset by Dave L. Reed, a 24-year old Republican.[27] Both candidates made improving the local economic climate part of their platforms.[28] Steelman had become a GOP target after " alienating" some in her home district.[29] As a challenger, Reed followed the campaign blueprint established in 2000 by when young Jeff Coleman defeated Tim Pesci in nearby Armstrong County.[30] Reed raised $120,000 for the campaign and knocked on 11,000 doors in the district.[31] During the campaign, Steelman "erupted" on the district's airwaves with taxpayer-funded "public service announcements" for the first time in a decade.[32] With the 57-43 victory, Reed became the youngest member of the House.[27]

149th legislative district[edit]

In the 149th legislative district, Republican incumbent Wallis Brooks, who had been elected in February, lost to Democrat Daylin Leach in a rematch of their February special election. The Brooks campaign sent dozens of direct mail advertisements, including one accusing Leach of defending child molesters as an attorney.[33] On the Saturday before the election, one was sent to voters accusing Leach, a practicing Orthodox Jew who lost family in the Holocaust, of being anti-Semitic.[33] The mailer carried a bold headline of "Anti-Semitism, Neo-Nazism, Holocaust Denial. They are not 'a big joke.'"[33] The incendiary charges stemmed from Leach's 1999 defense of an in absentia client from Texas who was sued in Allentown, Pennsylvania for comments allegedly made in an Internet chat room.[33][34] Following the dismissal, the plaintiff took to the internet and posted diatribes denouncing Leach and the Texas man as anti-Semites that were unearthed by a Brooks researcher and used in the mailer.[33] "She had to know I was Jewish, because it had come up in a debate. But since I have a non-Jewish surname, she apparently thought she could get away with this," Leach said.[33] The campaign immediately convinced a local Jewish newspaper to denounce the mailer and reproduced the article on a flyer with a profile of Leach, emphasizing his Jewish roots and activism, on the reverse.[33] By election day, 70 volunteers had hand-delivered the literature to most district households.[33] Leach won the election by over 1,000 votes.

150th legislative district[edit]

In the 150th legislative district, Republican-turned Democrat John A. Lawless was defeated by Republican Jacqueline Crahalla by 62 votes. Both candidates easily won their respective party's nomination in the primary election.[21] The district was designed to be disadvantageous to Lawless, who had run afoul of the Republican Caucus leadership.[16] In September, Lawless caused a controversy when he was pulled over for a minor traffic violation by a Lower Providence Township, Pennsylvania police officer. Lawless used vulgar language to berated the officer and threatened the police department with a loss of state funds.[35] Following the loss, Lawless destroyed many constituent-related documents, rather than surrender them to Crahalla.[36]

General election[edit]

District Party Incumbent Status Party Candidate Votes  %
1 Democratic Linda Bebko-Jones re-elected


Democratic Linda Bebko-Jones 8,895 72.7
Republican Bill Stephany 3,343 27.3
2 Democratic Gayle Wright[37] defeated in primary


Democratic Florindo Fabrizio 10,911 100
3 Republican Karl Boyes re-elected


Republican Karl Boyes 14,988 76.9
Democratic Donna M. Snyder 4,507 23.1
4 Democratic Tom Scrimenti re-elected


Democratic Tom Scrimenti 10,627 63.6
Republican Jerry Weinheimer 6,086 36.4
5 Republican John R. Evans re-elected


Republican John R. Evans 12,288 100
6 Republican Teresa Forcier re-elected


Republican Teresa Forcier 10,109 59.6
Democratic Jean Jones 6,859 40.4
7 Democratic Michael C. Gruitza re-elected


Democratic Michael C. Gruitza 11,341 100
8 Republican Richard R. Stevenson re-elected


Republican Dick Stevenson 11,890 66.8
9 Democratic Chris Sainato re-elected


Democratic Chris Sainato 16,278 100
10 Democratic Frank LaGrotta re-elected


Democratic Frank LaGrotta 14,706 100
11 Democratic Guy A. Travaglio re-elected


Democratic Guy A. Travaglio 9,439 51.7
Republican Brian Ellis 8,827 48.3
12 Republican Daryl Metcalfe re-elected


Republican Daryl Metcalfe 12,772 66.9
Democratic Linda Schoettker 6,306 33.1
13 Republican Arthur D. Hershey re-elected


Republican Arthur D. Hershey 10,240 60.0
Democratic Nancy L. Cox 6,835 40.0
14 Democratic Mike Veon re-elected


Democratic Mike Veon 12,366 100
15 Democratic Nick Colafella retired


Democratic Vince Biancucci 10,414 53.1
Republican Charles A. Camp 9,203 46.9
16 Democratic Susan Laughlin re-elected


Democratic Susan Laughlin 10,240 56.3
Republican Ron Eggert 7,947 43.7
17 Republican Rod E. Wilt re-elected


Republican Rod E. Wilt 12,594 100
18 Republican Gene DiGirolamo re-elected


Republican Gene DiGirolamo 11,769 65.9
Democratic Scott F. Blacker 6,078 34.1
19 Democratic William Russell Robinson Defeated in primary


Democratic Jake Wheatley 8,615 100
20 Democratic Don Walko re-elected


Democratic Don Walko 10,823 65.8
Republican Angelo Romano 5,176 31.5
Libertarian Charles Stutler 442 2.7
21 Democratic Frank J. Pistella re-elected


Democratic Frank J. Pistella 10,952 67.5
Republican Mario J. DiBello 5,276 32.5
22 Democratic Michael Diven re-elected


Democratic Michael Diven 12,548 70.2
Republican Glenn P. Nagy 5,321 29.8
23 Democratic Dan B. Frankel re-elected


Democratic Dan B. Frankel 13,834 100
24 Democratic Joseph Preston re-elected


Democratic Joseph Preston 10,994 86.1
Green Duane R. Wright 17,79 13.9
25 Democratic Joseph F. Markosek re-elected


Democratic Joseph F. Markosek 13,132 69.7
Republican Paul Fero 5,722 30.3
26 Republican Tim Hennessey re-elected


Republican Tim Hennessey 11,442 68.4
Democratic Brian A. Dudonis 5,294 31.6
27 Democratic Thomas C. Petrone re-elected


Democratic Thomas C. Petrone 10,634 65.5
Republican Edward O'Donnell 5,603 34.5
28 Republican Mike Turzai[38] re-elected


Republican Mike Turzai 16,802 100
29 Democratic Dave Mayernik retired


Republican Bernie O'Neill 12,666 57.3
Democratic Kevin Corrigan 9,438 42.7
30 Republican Jeffrey E. Habay re-elected


Republican Jeffrey E. Habay 15,965 69.3
Democratic Bobbi Jo Wagner 7,070 30.7
31 Republican David J. Steil re-elected


Republican David J. Steil 12,747 59.1
Democratic Virginia Waters Schrader 8,811 40.9
32 Democratic Anthony M. DeLuca re-elected


Democratic Anthony M. DeLuca 14,376 100
33 Democratic Frank Dermody re-elected


Democratic Frank Dermody 11,233 64.7
Republican James M. McDonough 6,131 35.3
34 Democratic Paul Costa re-elected


Democratic Paul Costa 13,633 90.1
Independent Robert Clanagan 1,503 9.9
35 Democratic Tom Michlovic retired


Democratic Marc J. Gergely 10,799 100
36 Democratic Harry Readshaw re-elected


Democratic Harry Readshaw 13,218 100
37 Republican Tom C. Creighton re-elected


Republican Thomas C. Creighton 13,559 100
38 Democratic Kenneth W. Ruffing re-elected


Democratic Kenneth W. Ruffing 13,224 100
39 Democratic David Levdansky re-elected


Democratic David Levdansky 11,007 58.8
Republican Monica A. Douglas 7,707 41.2
40 Republican John A. Maher re-elected


Republican John A. Maher 16,515 100
41 Democratic Ralph Kaiser retired


Republican Katie True 13,371 67.2
Democratic Barbara S. Achtermann 6,532 32.8
42 Republican Thomas L. Stevenson re-elected


Republican Thomas L. Stevenson 14,665 61.5
Democratic Mike Crossey 9,170 38.5
43 Republican Jere W. Schuler retired


Republican Scott W. Boyd 13,474 100
44 Republican John Pippy re-elected


Republican John Pippy 13,431 100
45 Democratic Fred A. Trello retired


Democratic Nick Kotik 12,126 65.8
Republican Herb Ohliger 6299 34.2
46 Democratic Victor John Lescovitz re-elected


Democratic Victor John Lescovitz 9,624 54.6
Republican Paul Snatchko 8,015 45.4
47 Democratic Leo J. Trich retired


Republican Keith Gillespie 13,114 92.3
Independent Marlin D. Cutshall 1094 7.7
48 Democratic Timothy J. Solobay re-elected


Democratic Timothy Joseph Solobay 11,433 64.5
Republican James S. Fal 6,060 34.2
Independent Demo Agoris 244 1.4
49 Democratic Peter J. Daley re-elected


Democratic Peter J. Daley 12,891 100
50 Democratic Bill DeWeese re-elected


Democratic Bill DeWeese 11,002 100
51 Democratic Larry Roberts re-elected


Democratic Larry Roberts 7,994 63.0
Republican Joe Sabatini 4,699 37.0
52 Democratic James E. Shaner re-elected


Democratic James E. Shaner 9,820 100
53 Republican Robert W. Godshall re-elected


Republican Robert W. Godshall 12,681 100
54 Democratic John E. Pallone re-elected


Democratic John E. Pallone 11,004 100
55 Democratic Joseph A. Petrarca re-elected


Democratic Joseph A. Petrarca 12,016 100
56 Democratic James E. Casorio re-elected


Democratic James E. Casorio 11,794 61.7
Republican Susanna Lisotto 7,318 38.3
57 Democratic Thomas A. Tangretti re-elected


Democratic Thomas A. Tangretti 9,401 53.5
Republican Brian F. Boyle 8,170 46.5
58 Democratic R. Ted Harhai re-elected


Democratic R. Ted Harhai 12,297 100
59 Republican Jess Stairs re-elected


Republican Jess Stairs 17,213 100
60 Republican Jeff Coleman re-elected


Republican Jeff Coleman 16,327 100
61 Republican Kate M. Harper re-elected


Republican Kate M. Harper 13,950 63.2
Democratic Diana Oboler 8,109 36.8
62 Democratic Sara G. Steelman defeated


Republican Dave Reed 9,637 56.8
Democratic Sara G. Steelman 7,316 43.2
63 Republican Fred McIlhattan re-elected


Republican Fred McIlhattan 15,573 100
64 Republican Scott E. Hutchinson re-elected


Republican Scott E. Hutchinson 11,110 68.3
Democratic Dennis C. Schuster 5,152 31.7
65 Republican Jim Lynch re-elected


Republican Jim Lynch 8,642 53.0
Democratic Sheila Brooker 6,353 38.9
Constitution Alan R. Kiser 1,319 8.1
66 Republican Sam Smith re-elected


Republican Sam Smith 11,761 73.2
Democratic A. Anson Brosius 4,298 26.8
67 Republican Kenneth M. Jadlowiec retired


Republican Martin T. Causer 11,019 100
68 Republican Matthew E. Baker re-elected


Republican Matthew E. Baker 15,485 100
69 Republican Bob Bastian re-elected


Republican Bob Bastian 12,714 70.8
Democratic Charles E. Stuby 5,242 29.2
70 Republican John W. Fichter re-elected


Republican John W. Fichter 11,420 60.9
Democratic Netta Young Hughes 7,146 38.1
Independent Mike Howell 183 1.0
71 Democratic Edward P. Wojnaroski re-elected


Democratic Edward P. Wojnaroski 11,033 56.9
Republican Mark Parker 8,349 43.1
72 Democratic Tom Yewcic re-elected


Democratic Tom Yewcic 14,165 69.3
Republican William F. Telek 6,266 30.7
73 Democratic Gary Haluska re-elected


Democratic Gary Haluska 11,128 66.4
Republican Vince Golden 5,224 31.1
Libertarian James D. Tinnick II 419 2.5
74 Democratic Camille George re-elected


Democratic Camille George 11,414 68.3
Republican C.J. Spencer 5,307 31.7
75 Democratic Dan A. Surra re-elected


Democratic Dan A. Surra 14,758 100
76 Democratic Mike Hanna re-elected


Democratic Mike Hanna 9,981 69.0
Republican John T. Krupa 4,485 31.0
77 Republican Lynn Herman re-elected


Republican Lynn Herman 12,107 85.5
Libertarian Richard Zych 2,047 14.5
78 Republican Dick L. Hess re-elected


Republican Dick L. Hess 13,706 77.5
Democratic Penny McFadden 3,978 22.5
79 Republican Richard A. Geist re-elected


Republican Richard A. Geist 14,434 100
80 Republican Jerry A. Stern re-elected


Republican Jerry A. Stern 14,785 82.3
Democratic James E. Grazier 3,169 17.7
81 Republican Larry O. Sather re-elected


Republican Larry O. Sather 13,819 100
82 Republican Daniel F. Clark retired


Republican C. Adam Harris 10,477 62.2
Democratic Tom Spangler 6,372 37.8
83 Republican Steven W. Cappelli re-elected


Republican Steven W. Cappelli 12,065 100
84 Republican Brett Feese re-elected


Republican Brett Feese 13,073 100
85 Republican Russ Fairchild re-elected


Republican Russ Fairchild 11,761 89.7
Green Eric J. Prindle 1,348 10.3
86 Republican Allan Egolf re-elected


Republican Allan Egolf 14,763 100
87 Republican Patricia H. Vance re-elected


Republican Patricia H. Vance 17,278 77.9
Democratic Charles W. Quinnan 4,915 22.1
88 Republican Jerry L. Nailor re-elected


Republican Jerry L. Nailor 16,014 77.5
Democratic Chris Adams 4,653 22.5
89 Democratic Jeffrey W. Coy re-elected


Democratic Jeffrey W. Coy 8,710 51.4
Republican Chris Sheffield 8,223 48.6
90 Republican Patrick E. Fleagle re-elected


Republican Patrick E. Fleagle 13,802 100
91 Republican Stephen R. Maitland re-elected


Republican Stephen R. Maitland 11,946 74.5
Democratic Mark D. Berg 4,083 25.5
92 Republican Bruce Smith re-elected


Republican Bruce Smith 14,180 77.2
Democratic Laurence Ellsperman 4,182 22.8
93 Republican Ron Miller re-elected


Republican Ron Miller 14,241 100
94 Republican Stanley E. Saylor re-elected


Republican Stanley E. Saylor 12,543 100
95 Democratic Stephen H. Stetler re-elected


Democratic Stephen H. Stetler 6,226 100.0
96 Democratic Mike Sturla re-elected


Democratic Mike Sturla 5,836 61.2
Republican Tony Allen 3,695 38.8
97 Republican Jere L. Strittmatter defeated in primary


Republican Roy E. Baldwin 15,351 93.9
Green William Robert Hagen 997 6.1
98 Republican Thomas E. Armstrong defeated in primary


Republican David S. Hickernell 11,437 71.4
Democratic Quinn R. Koller 3,856 24.1
Constitution Jeff Rhine 410 2.6
Green J. Terry Zeller 310 2.0
99 Republican Leroy M. Zimmerman re-elected


Republican Leroy M. Zimmerman 10,854 78.0
Democratic Bernadette C. Johnson 3,054 22.0
100 Republican Gibson C. Armstrong[39] re-elected


Republican Gibson C. Armstrong 10,112 74.3
Democratic Bruce Beardsley 3,307 24.3
Constitution Kenneth L. Dinger 184 1.4
101 Republican Edward H. Krebs retired


Republican Mauree Gingrich 10,883 64.8
Democratic Noel Hubler 5,358 31.9
Libertarian Eric Alan Paul 320 1.9
Green Eric R. Wolfe 237 1.4
102 Republican Peter J. Zug re-elected


Republican Peter J. Zug 13,886 76.2
Democratic Dan Backenstose 3,965 21.8
Libertarian Raymond S. Ondrusek 371 2.0
103 Democratic Ron Buxton re-elected


Democratic Ron Buxton 7,866 61.0
Republican Sherman C. Cunningham 4,711 36.5
Green Jonathan L. Gallup 319 2.5
104 Republican Mark S. McNaughton re-elected


Republican Mark S. McNaughton 12838 61.4
Democratic Bruce J. Warshawsky 8070 38.6
105 Republican Ron Marsico re-elected


Republican Ron Marsico 22,065 100
106 Republican Frank Tulli retired


Republican John D. Payne 14,683 100
107 Democratic Robert E. Belfanti re-elected


Democratic Robert Belfanti 10,195 58.9
Republican Mike Robatin 7102 41.1
108 Republican Merle H. Phillips re-elected


Republican Merle H. Phillips 13,440 85.5
Democratic Douglas P. Mapes 2,288 14.5
109 Democratic John R. Gordner[40] re-elected


Republican John R. Gordner 12,137 78.4
Democratic Gerald W. Powers 3,338 21.6
110 Republican Tina Pickett re-elected


Republican Tina Pickett 13,918 100
111 Republican Sandra J. Major re-elected


Republican Sandra J. Major 15,191 100
112 Democratic Fred Belardi re-elected


Democratic Fred Belardi 12,096 100
113 Democratic Gaynor Cawley re-elected


Democratic Gaynor Cawley 13,679 100
114 Democratic Jim Wansacz re-elected


Democratic Jim Wansacz 12,816 66.8
Republican Daniel Naylor 6,259 32.6
Reform Leonard Skursky 125 0.7
115 Democratic Edward G. Staback re-elected


Democratic Edward Staback 13,426 100
116 Democratic Todd A. Eachus re-elected


Democratic Todd A. Eachus 9,734 100
117 Republican George C. Hasay re-elected


Republican George C. Hasay 12,552 100
118 Democratic Thomas M. Tigue re-elected


Democratic Thomas M. Tigue 10,584 100
119 Democratic John T. Yudichak re-elected


Democratic John T. Yudichak 11,744 100
120 Democratic Phyllis Mundy re-elected


Democratic Phyllis Mundy 11,297 65.2
Republican Robb A. Henderson 6,036 34.8
121 Democratic Kevin Blaum re-elected


Democratic Kevin Blaum 9,637 100
122 Democratic Keith R. McCall re-elected


Democratic Keith McCall 11,547 100
123 Democratic Edward J. Lucyk retired


Democratic Neal Goodman 10,488 51.5
Republican Clyde Champ Holman 9,860 48.5
124 Republican David G. Argall re-elected


Republican David G. Argall 14,168 74.3
Democratic Gregory Kurtz 4,901 25.7
125 Republican Bob Allen re-elected


Republican Bob Allen 13,681 71.9
Democratic William J. Casey 5,359 28.1
126 Democratic Dante Santoni re-elected


Democratic Dante Santoni 12,026 73.4
Republican Roberta Carlisle 3,906 23.9
Libertarian David L. Tartaglia 444 2.7
127 Democratic Thomas R. Caltagirone re-elected


Democratic Thomas R. Caltagirone 7,017 71.9
Republican Francis Acosta 2,740 28.1
128 Republican Samuel E. Rohrer re-elected


Republican Samuel E. Rohrer 13,732 64.9
Democratic Ryan B. Wynings 7,427 35.1
129 Republican Sheila Miller re-elected


Republican Sheila Miller 12,931 70.9
Democratic Lucille M. Brady 5,301 29.1
130 Republican Dennis E. Leh re-elected


Republican Dennis E. Leh 12,538 67.8
Democratic Denton L. Schucker 5,967 32.2
131 Republican Pat Browne re-elected


Republican Pat Browne 10,410 61.7
Democratic Peter Schweyer 6,468 38.3
132 Democratic Jennifer Mann re-elected


Democratic Jennifer Mann 7,648 100
133 Democratic T. J. Rooney re-elected


Democratic T. J. Rooney 8,172 68.2
Republican Howard Forman 3,813 31.8
134 Republican Jane S. Baker retired


Republican Douglas G. Reichley 12,765 63.0
Democratic J.P. Raynock 7,485 37.0
135 Democratic Steve Samuelson re-elected


Democratic Steve Samuelson 10,616 64.4
Republican Keith A. Strunk 5,881 35.6
136 Democratic Robert Freeman re-elected


Democratic Robert Freeman 9,065 100
137 Democratic Richard T. Grucela re-elected


Democratic Richard T. Grucela 11,442 100
138 Republican Craig A. Dally re-elected


Republican Craig A. Dally 12,314 100
139 Republican Jerry Birmelin re-elected


Republican Jerry Birmelin 11,066 100
140 Democratic Thomas C. Corrigan re-elected


Democratic Thomas C. Corrigan 11,787 100
141 Democratic Anthony J. Melio re-elected


Democratic Anthony J. Melio 11,905 73.2
Republican George Dranginis 4,358 26.8
142 Republican Matthew N. Wright re-elected


Republican Matthew N. Wright 12,217 59.0
Democratic Christopher J. King 8,482 41.0
143 Republican Chuck McIlhinney re-elected


Republican Chuck McIlhinney 12,559 58.2
Democratic Betsy Helsel 9,012 41.8
144 Republican Katharine M. Watson re-elected


Republican Katharine M. Watson 13,386 86.6
Green Tom Heitzenrater 2,072 13.4
145 Republican Paul Irvin Clymer re-elected


Republican Paul I. Clymer 11,814 68.3
Democratic Joellen F. Gross 4,984 28.8
Green Charles W. Moyer 488 2.8
146 Republican Mary Ann Dailey re-elected


Republican Mary Ann Dailey 8,950 58.0
Democratic Dan Weand 6,494 42.0
147 Republican Raymond Bunt re-elected


Republican Raymond Bunt 12,294 100
148 Republican Lita Indzel Cohen retired


Republican Melissa Murphy Weber 13,194 51.2
Democratic Karen Kaskey 12,554 48.8
149 Republican Wallis Brooks[41] defeated


Democratic Daylin Leach 11,726 52.6
Republican Wallis Brooks 10,556 47.4
150 Democratic John A. Lawless[42] defeated


Republican Jacqueline R. Crahalla 8,725 50.2
Democratic John A. Lawless 8,662 49.8
151 Republican Eugene F. McGill re-elected


Republican Eugene F. McGill 12,568 62.3
Democratic Andrew T. Hornak 7,619 37.7
152 Republican Roy W. Cornell re-elected


Republican Roy W. Cornell 13,940 100
153 Republican Ellen M. Bard re-elected


Republican Ellen M. Bard 15,641 66.0
Democratic Susan Liberace 8,061 34.0
154 Democratic Lawrence H. Curry re-elected


Democratic Lawrence H. Curry 19,783 100
155 Republican Curt Schroder re-elected


Republican Curt Schroder 16,152 100
156 Republican Elinor Z. Taylor re-elected


Republican Elinor Z. Taylor 12,707 63.9
Democratic Robert M. Hodies 7,189 36.1
157 Republican Carole A. Rubley re-elected


Republican Carole A. Rubley 14,474 65.9
Democratic Anthony C. DiGirolomo 7,498 34.1
158 Republican L. Chris Ross re-elected


Republican L. Chris Ross 13,381 71.7
Democratic Mario J. Calvarese 5,293 28.3
159 Democratic Thaddeus Kirkland re-elected


Democratic Thaddeus Kirkland 6,689 54.4
Republican Lavada E.Y. Driggins 5,599 45.6
160 Republican Stephen Barrar re-elected


Republican Stephen Barrar 15,842 100
161 Republican Tom Gannon re-elected


Republican Tom Gannon 13,258 52.4
Democratic Sara Lynn Petrosky 12,035 47.6
162 Republican Ron Raymond re-elected


Republican Ron Raymond 13,467 72.7
Democratic Joseph G. Papaleo 4,831 26.1
Libertarian David R. Jahn 235 1.3
163 Republican Nicholas A. Micozzie re-elected


Republican Nicholas A. Micozzie 13,666 68.0
Democratic Beverly D. Uram 6,441 32.0
164 Republican Mario J. Civera re-elected


Republican Mario J. Civera 11,477 68.0
Democratic Alfred Achtert, Jr. 5,409 32.0
165 Republican William F. Adolph re-elected


Republican William F. Adolph 15,321 69.5
Democratic Bob Small 6,728 30.5
166 Democratic Greg Vitali re-elected


Democratic Greg Vitali 15,703 64.0
Republican William R. Toal III 8,844 36.0
167 Republican Bob Flick re-elected


Republican Bob Flick 17,293 100
168 Republican Matthew J. Ryan re-elected


Republican Matthew J. Ryan 15,071 66.3
Democratic Bill Thomas 7,663 33.7
169 Republican Dennis M. O'Brien re-elected


Republican Dennis M. O'Brien 13,440 100
170 Republican George T. Kenney re-elected


Republican George T. Kenney 12,381 65.3
Democratic Harry C. Citrino III 6,567 34.7
171 Republican Kerry A. Benninghoff re-elected


Republican Kerry A. Benninghoff 11,223 74.2
Democratic Rodney Musser 3,900 25.8
172 Republican John M. Perzel re-elected


Republican John M. Perzel 17,498 81.7
Democratic Paul Prior 3,914 18.3
173 Democratic Michael P. McGeehan re-elected


Democratic Michael P. McGeehan 11,946 82.8
Republican David J. Linsalata 2,481 17.2
174 Democratic Alan L. Butkovitz re-elected


Democratic Alan Butkovitz 13,082 80.2
Republican Glenn C. Romano 3,221 19.8
175 Democratic Marie Lederer re-elected


Democratic Marie Lederer 11,725 100
176 Republican Mario Scavello[43] re-elected


Republican Mario Scavello 8,115 64.5
Democratic Gratz Washenik 4,463 35.5
177 Republican John J. Taylor re-elected


Republican John J. Taylor 12,346 78.2
Democratic Patrick Parkinson 3,443 21.8
178 Republican Roy Reinard retired


Republican Scott A. Petri 12,943 55.1
Democratic Carl Cherkin 10,537 44.9
179 Democratic William W. Rieger re-elected


Democratic William W. Rieger 8,031 81.6
Republican Troy L. Bouie 1,628 16.5
Independent Frank M. Garcia 188 1.9
180 Democratic Angel Cruz re-elected


Democratic Angel Cruz 6,635 86.0
Republican Steven N. Kush 960 12.4
Green Ernst Ford 122 1.6
181 Democratic W. Curtis Thomas re-elected


Democratic W. Curtis Thomas 11,723 100
182 Democratic Babette Josephs re-elected


Democratic Babette Josephs 13,633 78.9
Republican Jonathan S. Goldstein 3,639 21.1
183 Republican Julie Harhart re-elected


Republican Julie Harhart 11,599 68.5
Democratic Mike Mullen 5,343 31.5
184 Democratic William F. Keller re-elected


Democratic William F. Keller 13,138 100
185 Democratic Robert C. Donatucci re-elected


Democratic Robert C. Donatucci 11,089 80.2
Republican Michael C. Gallagher 2,743 19.8
186 Democratic Harold James re-elected


Democratic Harold James 12,925 100
187 Republican Paul W. Semmel re-elected


Republican Paul W. Semmel 11,402 67
Democratic William G. Zollers 5,618 33
188 Democratic James R. Roebuck re-elected


Democratic James R. Roebuck 10,937 100
189 Republican Kelly Lewis re-elected


Republican Kelly Lewis 8,622 100
190 Democratic Mike Horsey re-elected


Democratic Michael Horsey 14,231 96.8
Republican Bruce M. Harris 463 3.2
191 Democratic Ronald G. Waters re-elected


Democratic Ronald G. Waters 13,467 100
192 Democratic Louise Bishop re-elected


Democratic Louise Bishop 15,854 100
193 Republican Steven R. Nickol re-elected


Republican Steven R. Nickol 10,691 71.9
Democratic Bill Panebaker 4,171 28.1
194 Democratic Kathy Manderino re-elected


Democratic Kathy M. Manderino 14,248 80.0
Republican Valerie A. McCoy 3,561 20.0
195 Democratic Frank L. Oliver re-elected


Democratic Frank L. Oliver 14,199 100
196 Republican Beverly Mackereth re-elected


Republican Beverly Mackereth 13,212 81.4
Democratic Leo Cooper 3,029 18.7
197 Democratic Jewell Williams re-elected


Democratic Jewell Williams 14,178 100
198 Democratic Rosita C. Youngblood re-elected


Democratic Rosita C. Youngblood 14,201 100
199 Republican Will Gabig re-elected


Republican William I. Gabig 9,603 59.2
Democratic Christian R. Muniz 6,632 40.9
200 Democratic Leanna M. Washington re-elected


Democratic Leanna M. Washington 18,700 87.8
Republican Robert G. Rossman 2,607 12.2
201 Democratic John Myers re-elected


Democratic John Myers 14,927 96.9
Republican Joseph L. Messa 485 3.1
202 Democratic Mark B. Cohen re-elected


Democratic Mark B. Cohen 11,119 76.0
Republican Gary Grisafi 3,505 24.0
203 Democratic Dwight Evans re-elected


Democratic Dwight Evans 13,740 90.1
Republican Christopher Coates 1,508 9.9

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  6. ^ Pennsylvania Constitution Article II, Section 17
  7. ^ elections: 2001 Reapportionment Plans
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  37. ^ Elected in a special election on August 14, 2001 to fill the unexpired term of Italo Cappabianca, who died on May 28, 2001.
  38. ^ Elected in a special election on June 26, 2001 to fill the unexpired term of Jane Orie, who was elected to the Pennsylvania Senate
  39. ^ Elected in a special election on July 16, 2002 to fill the unexpired term of John E. Barley, who resigned on April 2, 2002
  40. ^ Elected as a Democrat, but changed parties in October 2001
  41. ^ Elected in a special election on February 12, 2002 to fill the unexpired term of Connie Williams, who was elected to the Pennsylvania Senate.
  42. ^ Changed parties from Republican to Democrat in November 2001
  43. ^ Elected in a special election on April 23, 2002 to fill the unexpired term of Christopher Wogan, who was appointed Philadelphia City Judge.