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Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 2013
Leadership
Jim Cawley (R)
since January 18, 2011
Joseph Scarnati (R)
since January 2, 2007
Majority Leader
Dominic Pileggi (R)
since January 2, 2007
Minority Leader
Jay Costa (D)
since January 4, 2011
Structure
Seats 50
Composition of the Pennsylvania State Senate.svg
Political groups
     Republican Party (27)
     Democratic Party (23)
Length of term
4 years
Authority Article II, Pennsylvania Constitution
Salary $78,315/year[1]
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2012
(25 seats)
Next election
November 4, 2014
(25 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
Pennsylvania State Capitol Senate Chamber.jpg
State Senate Chamber
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Website
Pennsylvania State Senate

The Pennsylvania State Senate has been meeting since 1791. It is the upper house of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Pennsylvania state legislature. The State Senate meets in the State Capitol building in Harrisburg. Senators are elected for four year terms, staggered every two years such that half of the seats are contested at each election.[2] Even numbered seats and odd numbered seats are contested in separate election years. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate becomes the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in the event of the sitting Lieutenant Governor's removal, resignation or death. In this case the President Pro Tempore and Lieutenant Governor would be the same person.[3]

The President of the Senate is the Lieutenant Governor, who has no vote except in the event of an otherwise tie vote. Following the 2012 elections, the Senate consists of 27 Republicans and 23 Democrats;

Senate leadership[edit]

President of the Senate: Jim Cawley (R)
President Pro Tem of the Senate: Joe Scarnati (R)

Majority party (R) Leadership position Minority party (D)
Dominic Pileggi Floor Leader Jay Costa
Jake Corman Appropriations Committee Chairman Vincent Hughes
Pat Browne Whip Anthony Hardy Williams
John Gordner Caucus Chairman Rich Kasunic
Bob Robbins Caucus Secretary Christine Tartaglione
Rich Alloway Caucus Administrator Wayne Fontana
Edwin Erickson Policy Committee Chairman Lisa Boscola

Composition[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of session: 2010 30 20 50 0
Begin[4] 30 19 49 1
End of session: 2012 29 20
Begin 27 23 50 0
January 12, 2014[5] 26 49 1
April 2, 2014[6] 27 50 0
Latest voting share 53.1% 46.9%

Members[edit]

The Senate is made up of 50 members who are elected by district. As of 2013, the partisan breakdown is 27 Republicans and 23 Democrats. In 2002, a State Senate district had an average population of 245,621 residents.

Pennsylvania Senate Districts colored by party (2013-):
  Republican senator
  Democratic senator

List[edit]

District Representative Party Residence Counties represented Term ends First Elected
1 Larry Farnese Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2016 2008
2 Christine Tartaglione Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2014 1994
3 Shirley Kitchen Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2016 1996
4 LeAnna Washington Dem Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 2014 2005
5 Mike Stack Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2016 2000
6 Tommy Tomlinson Rep Bensalem Township Bucks 2014 1994
7 Vincent Hughes Dem Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 2016 1994
8 Anthony Williams Dem Philadelphia Delaware, Philadelphia 2014 1998
9 Dominic Pileggi Rep Chester Chester, Delaware 2016 2002
10 Chuck McIlhinney Rep Plumstead Township Bucks, Montgomery 2014 2006
11 Judy Schwank Dem Fleetwood Berks 2016 2011
12 Stewart Greenleaf Rep Upper Moreland Township Bucks, Montgomery 2014 1978
13 Lloyd Smucker Rep West Lampeter Township Lancaster, York 2016 2008
14 John Yudichak Dem Plymouth Township Carbon, Luzerne 2014 2010
15 Rob Teplitz Dem Susquehanna Township Dauphin, York 2016 2012
16 Pat Browne Rep Allentown Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton 2014 2005
17 Daylin Leach Dem Upper Merion Township Delaware, Montgomery 2016 2008
18 Lisa Boscola Dem Bethlehem Township Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton 2014 1998
19 Andy Dinniman Dem West Whiteland Township Chester, Montgomery 2016 2006
20 Lisa Baker Rep Lehman Township Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming 2014 2006
21 Scott Hutchinson Rep Oil City Butler, Clarion, Erie, Forest, Venango, Warren 2016 2012
22 John Blake Dem Archbald Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe 2014 2010
23 Gene Yaw Rep Loyalsock Township Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union 2016 2008
24 Bob Mensch Rep Marlborough Township Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton 2014 2009
25 Joe Scarnati Rep Brockway Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Warren 2016 2000
26 Ted Erickson Rep Newtown Township Chester, Delaware 2014 2001
27 John Gordner Rep Berwick Columbia, Dauphin, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder 2016 2003
28 Scott Wagner Rep Spring Garden Township York 2014 2014
29 Dave Argall Rep Rush Township Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Schuylkill 2016 2009
30 John Eichelberger Rep Duncansville Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Huntingdon, Mifflin 2014 2006
31 Pat Vance Rep Silver Spring Township Cumberland, York 2016 2004
32 Rich Kasunic Dem Dunbar Township Fayette, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland 2014 1994
33 Rich Alloway Rep Hamilton Township Adams, Franklin, York 2016 2008
34 Jake Corman Rep Benner Township Centre, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Union 2014 1998
35 John Wozniak Dem Johnstown Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Somerset 2016 1996
36 Mike Brubaker Rep Warwick Township Chester, Lancaster 2014 2006
37 Matt Smith Dem Mount Lebanon Allegheny, Washington 2016 2012
38 Jim Ferlo Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny, Armstrong, Westmoreland 2014 2002
39 Kim Ward Rep Hempfield Township Westmoreland 2016 2008
40 Randy Vulakovich Rep Shaler Township Allegheny, Butler 2014 2012
41 Don White Rep Indiana Armstrong, Clearfield, Indiana, Westmoreland 2016 2000
42 Wayne Fontana Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2014 2005
43 Jay Costa Dem Forest Hills Allegheny 2016 1996
44 John Rafferty, Jr. Rep Lower Providence Township Berks, Chester, Montgomery 2014 2002
45 Jim Brewster Dem McKeesport Allegheny, Westmoreland 2016 2010
46 Tim Solobay Dem Canonsburg Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland 2014 2010
47 Elder Vogel Rep New Sewickley Township Allegheny, Beaver, Lawrence 2016 2008
48 Mike Folmer Rep Lebanon Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon 2014 2006
49 Sean Wiley Dem Millcreek Township Erie 2016 2012
50 Bob Robbins Rep Greenville Butler, Crawford, Lawrence, Mercer 2014 1990

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Pennsylvania Manual, p. 3-7.
  2. ^ Article II, section 3, Pennsylvania Constitution.
  3. ^ Article IV, section 14, Pennsylvania Constitution.
  4. ^ Democrat Michael O'Pake (District 11) died December 27, 2010
  5. ^ Republican Mike Waugh (District 28) resigned to take a new position. [1]
  6. ^ Republican Scott Wagner (District 28) sworn in to replace Waugh

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°15′52.9″N 76°53′1.9″W / 40.264694°N 76.883861°W / 40.264694; -76.883861