Pennsylvania State Senate
|Pennsylvania State Senate|
|Pennsylvania General Assembly|
New session started
Length of term
|Authority||Article II, Pennsylvania Constitution|
|November 6, 2012
|November 4, 2014
|State Senate Chamber
Pennsylvania State Capitol
|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. 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.
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;
|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|
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of session: 2010||30||20||50||0|
|End of session: 2012||29||20|
|January 12, 2014||26||49||1|
|April 2, 2014||27||50||0|
|End of previous legislature||50||0|
|Latest voting share||60%||40%|
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.
- Project Vote Smart (Pennsylvania State Senate information and voting records is the link that leads to information about elected officials and candidates in Pennsylvania.)
- Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- President of the Pennsylvania Senate
- President pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate
- The Pennsylvania Manual, p. 3-7.
- Article II, section 3, Pennsylvania Constitution.
- Article IV, section 14, Pennsylvania Constitution.
- Democrat Michael O'Pake (District 11) died December 27, 2010
- Republican Mike Waugh (District 28) resigned to take a new position. 
- Republican Scott Wagner (District 28) sworn in to replace Waugh
- Trostle, Sharon, ed. (2009). The Pennsylvania Manual 119. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Department of General Services. ISBN 0-8182-0334-X.
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