Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 159

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Current Brian Joseph Kirkland (DChester)
Demographics 38.61%% White
54.57%% Black
6.70%% Hispanic
Population (2011)
 • Citizen voting age
60,270
43,931

The 159th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is located in Delaware County. The 159th District lies in the Southeast part of the state. It has been represented by Brain Joseph Kirkland since 2017.

District profile[edit]

Delaware County, where the 159th district is located, is the fifth most populated county in the state. Chester of the 159th district is the oldest city in the state, being incorporated in 1682. The district includes the following areas:[1]

Representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District home Note
Prior to 1969, seats were apportioned by county.
Thomas H. Worrilow Republican 1969 – 1976
Francis X. Tenaglio Democrat 1977 – 1978
Arthur F. Earley Republican 1979 – 1981 Died June 9, 1981[2]
Robert C. Wright Republican 1981 – 1992 Elected September 15, 1981 to fill vacancy[3]
Resigned January 6, 1992.[4]
Thaddeus Kirkland Democratic 1993 – 2016
Brian Joseph Kirkland Democratic 2017 – present Incumbent

Recent election results[edit]

PA House election, 2010:
Pennsylvania House, District 159
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thaddeus Kirkland 10,229 71.65%
Republican Rocky William Brown 4,047 38.35%
Margin of victory 6,182 33.35%
Turnout 14,276 100
PA House election, 2012:
Pennsylvania House, District 159
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thaddeus Kirkland 17,535 79.86%
Republican James Schiliro 4,435 20.19%
Margin of victory 13,100 59.67% Increase 26.32%
Turnout 21,970 100
PA House election, 2014:
Pennsylvania House, District 159
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thaddeus Kirkland 9,281 70.51%
Republican Michael J. Ciach 3,881 29.49%
Margin of victory 5,400 41.02% Decrease 18.65%
Turnout 13,162 100
PA House election, 2016:
Pennsylvania House, District 159
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Brian Joseph Kirkland 18,161 75.6%
Republican Michael J. Ciach 5,860 24.4%
Margin of victory 12,301 51.2% Increase 10.18%
Turnout 24,021 100


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