Pennsylvania State Senate
|Pennsylvania State Senate|
|Pennsylvania General Assembly|
New session started
Length of term
|Authority||Article II, Pennsylvania Constitution|
November 8, 2016|
November 6, 2018|
State Senate Chamber|
Pennsylvania State Capitol
|Pennsylvania State Senate|
The Pennsylvania State Senate 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 Pennsylvania Senate has been meeting since 1791.
The President of the Senate is the Lieutenant Governor, who has no vote except in the event of an otherwise tie vote. Following the 2016 elections, the Senate consisted of 34 Republicans and 16 Democrats. Following the June 4, 2018, resignation of one Republican member, the Senate consisted of 33 Republicans and 16 Democrats with one vacant seat.
|Majority party (R)||Leadership position||Minority party (D)|
|Jake Corman||Floor Leader||Jay Costa|
|John Gordner||Whip||Anthony H. Williams|
|Bob Mensch||Caucus Chairman||Wayne D. Fontana|
|Rich Alloway||Caucus Secretary||Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr.|
|Pat Browne||Appropriations Committee Chairman||Vincent Hughes|
|Dave Argall||Policy Committee Chairman||Lisa Boscola|
|Chuck McIlhinney||Caucus Administrator||John Blake|
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of session, 2016||31||19||50||0|
|Latest voting share||68%||32%|
The Senate is made up of 50 members who are elected by district. As of June 4, 2018, the partisan breakdown was 33 Republicans and 16 Democrats with one vacant seat. In 2012, a State Senate district had an average population of 254,047 residents.
List of current members
Past composition of the Senate
- 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.
- Trostle, Sharon, ed. (2009). The Pennsylvania Manual. 119. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Department of General Services. ISBN 0-8182-0334-X.
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