Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 120

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The 120th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is located in Luzerne County and includes the following areas:[1]


Representative Party Years District home Note
Prior to 1969, seats were apportioned by county.
Frank J. O'Connell, Jr. Republican 1969–1978
Franklin Coslett Republican 1979–1986
Scott Dietterick Republican 1987–1990
Phyllis Mundy Democrat 1991 – 2015 Kingston
Aaron Kaufer Republican 2015 – present Incumbent

During the 1990s, the district was predominantly Republican, especially in the towns of Kingston, West Pittston, and Shavertown. In recent years, the district has become increasingly Democratic. 57 percent of voters in the district are registered Democrats. It is a district that was carried by Al Gore in 2000, John Kerry in 2004, and Barack Obama in 2008. However, Republican Tom Corbett won the district in his race for governor in 2010. In 2012, President Obama won 55 percent of the district electorate. Kingston has been mostly Democratic since the late 2000s, West Pittston is now evenly split between the two parties, and Shavertown is only narrowly Republican now.

The current state representative for the district, lifelong Kingston resident Aaron Kaufer, is a Republican. He easily won his first election in November 2014 by a 56% to 44% margin over Democrat Eileen Cipriani of West Wyoming. Kaufer succeeded longtime Democratic representative Phyllis Mundy, who represented the district for 24 years before retiring in 2014.

The home seat of the district is Kaufer's hometown of Kingston, by far the largest municipality in the district.