Pennsylvania Senate elections, 2008

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Elections for the Pennsylvania State Senate were held on November 4, 2008, with odd-numbered districts being contested. Republicans had a net gain of 1 seat for the 2008 elections, expanding their majority to 30-20. State Senators are elected for four-year terms, with half of the Senate seats up for a vote every two years. The term of office for those elected in 2008 will run from December 1, 2008 until December 1, 2012.[citation needed] Necessary primary elections were held on April 22, 2008.[1]

Make-up of the Senate following the 2008 elections[edit]

Affiliation Members
Democratic 20
Republican 30
Total 50

General Elections[edit]

(see note)

District Party Incumbent Status Party Candidate Votes  %
1 Democratic Vincent J. Fumo retired


Democratic Larry Farnese 92,088 80.8%
Republican Jack Morley 21,869 19.2%
3 Democratic Shirley M. Kitchen re-elected


Democratic Shirley M. Kitchen 93,539 88.4%
Republican Robert Nix 12,270 11.6%
5 Democratic Michael J. Stack III re-elected


Democratic Michael J. Stack III 69,284 72.0%
Republican John Farley 69,284 28.0%
7 Democratic Vincent Hughes re-elected


Democratic Vincent Hughes 99,346 85.5%
Republican Marc Perry 16,860 14.5%
9 Republican Dominic Pileggi re-elected


Republican Dominic Pileggi 74,669 58.1%
Democratic John Linder 53,795 41.9%
11 Democratic Michael A. O'Pake re-elected


Democratic Michael A. O'Pake 73,686 71.4%
Republican Stephen Fuhs 29,445 28.6%
13 Republican Gibson E. Armstrong retired


Republican Lloyd Smucker 65,708 57.0%
Democratic Jose Urdaneta 49,515 43.0%
15 Republican Jeffrey E. Piccola re-elected


Republican Jeffrey E. Piccola 63,829 52.0%
Democratic Judy Hirsch 59,014 48.0%
17 Democratic Connie Williams retired


Democratic Daylin Leach 76,350 61.5%
Republican Lance Rogers 47,873 38.5%
19 Democratic Andrew Dinniman[2] re-elected


Democratic Andrew Dinniman 84,141 57.7%
Republican Steven Kantrowitz 61,568 42.3%
21 Republican Mary Jo White re-elected


Republican Mary Jo White 73,472 84.5%
Libertarian Mary Lea Lucas 13,477 15.5%
23 Republican Roger A. Madigan retired


Republican Eugene Yaw 61,231 60.2%
Democratic Louis Casimir 29,503 29.0%
Independent Michael A. Dincher 10,921 10.7%
25 Republican Joseph B. Scarnati III re-elected


Republican Joseph B. Scarnati III 61,553 66.6%
Democratic Donald Hilliard 30,838 33.4%
27 Republican John R. Gordner re-elected


Republican John R. Gordner 78,881 100%
29 Republican James J. Rhoades re-elected1


Republican James J. Rhoades 67,347 62.9%
Democratic Peter J. Symons 37,468 35.0%
Independent Dennis Baylor 2,298 2.1%
31 Republican Patricia H. Vance re-elected


Republican Patricia H. Vance 37,250 28.7%
Democratic Susan Kiskis 92,571 91.3%
33 Republican Terry Punt retired


Republican Richard Alloway 79,765 68.6%
Democratic Bruce Tushingham 36,563 31.4%
35 Democratic John N. Wozniak re-elected


Democratic John N. Wozniak 62,464 65.9%
Republican Joseph Veranese 32,380 34.1%
37 Republican John Pippy re-elected


Republican John Pippy 87,398 65.8%
Democratic Amy Jude Schmotzer 45,416 34.2%
39 Republican Bob Regola retired


Republican Kim Ward 57,498 54.0%
Democratic Tony Bompiani 49,049 46.0%
41 Republican Donald C. White re-elected


Republican Donald C. White 94,512 100%
43 Democratic Jay Costa, Jr. re-elected


Democratic Jay Costa, Jr. 100,574 100%
45 Democratic Sean F. Logan re-elected


Democratic Sean F. Logan 84,210 100%
47 Democratic Gerald J. La Valle retired


Republican Elder Vogel 59,195 56.8%
Democratic Jason Petrella 44,995 43.2%
49 Republican Jane M. Earll re-elected


Republican Jane M. Earll 61,134 58.1%
Democratic Cindy Purvis 44,173 41.9%

1 Senator Rhoades died prior to the election but remained on the ballot. As he was posthumously re-elected, his seat will be filled by a special election.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senator in the General Assembly, 2008 General Primary". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2004. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  2. ^ Elected in a special election on May 16, 2006 to fill the unexpired term of Robert J. Thompson, who died on January 28, 2006.