Pennsylvania State Senate
|Pennsylvania State Senate|
|Pennsylvania General Assembly|
New session started
Length of term
|Authority||Article II, Pennsylvania Constitution|
|November 4, 2014
|November 8, 2016
|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 2014 Elections, the Senate consisted of 30 Republicans and 20 Democrats.
|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 T. Yudichak|
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of session, 2014||27||23||50||0|
|January 20, 2015||19||49||1|
|June 9, 2015||20||50||0|
|June 21, 2015||19||49||1|
|November 4, 2015||31||50||0|
|December 31, 2015||30||49||1|
|May 11, 2016||31||50||0|
|Latest voting share||62%||38%||0%|
The Senate is made up of 50 members who are elected by district. As of 2016, the partisan breakdown is 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats. In 2012, a State Senate district had an average population of 254,047 residents.
Members of the Pennsylvania State 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.
- Democrat Michael J. Stack III resigned to take office as Lieutenant Governor.
- Democrat John Sabatina seated after winning the special election to succeed Stack.
- Democrat Matthew H. Smith resigned to become head of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.
- Republican Guy Reschenthaler seated after winning the special election to succeed Smith. 
- Republican Dominic Pileggi becomes Delaware County judge. 
- Republican Tom Killion seated after winning the special election to succeed Pileggi. 
- Trostle, Sharon, ed. (2009). The Pennsylvania Manual. 119. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Department of General Services. ISBN 0-8182-0334-X.
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