Steve Santarsiero

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Steve Santarsiero
Steve Santarsiero PA House Portrait.jpg
1st Chief Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania for Environmental Protection
Assumed office
May 4, 2017
Governor Tom Wolf
Preceded by Position established
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 31st district
In office
January 6, 2009[1] – January 3, 2017
Preceded by David J. Steil
Succeeded by Perry Warren
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Residence Lower Makefield Township, Pennsylvania
Alma mater

Tufts University B.A. University of Pennsylvania J.D.

Holy Family University M.Ed.
Occupation State Representative

Steven J. "Steve" Santarsiero is the current Chief Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania for Environmental Protection. Previously, he was a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He represented the 31st district between 2009 and 2017.[2]


Santarsiero received his bachelor's degree from Tufts University in 1987. He went on to earn a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1992.[3] He practiced as an attorney in Newark. He has also worked as a school teacher, receiving his M.Ed. from Holy Family University. He taught social studies at Bensalem High School.[4]

Political career[edit]

Santarsiero was elected to the Lower Makefield Board of Supervisors in 2003. He organized the Southeastern Bucks League of Municipalities, a discussion forum for 19 townships and boroughs in lower Bucks County.[5]

In 2008, Santarsiero was elected to Pennsylvania's House of Representatives with 53% of the vote, defeating Republican challenger Pete Stainthorpe.[6] Santarsiero defeated Republican challenger Rob Ciervo by 162 votes in 2010, securing his second term in office.[7] In 2012, Santarsiero was elected with 58% of the vote, defeating Republican Anne Chapman.[8]

Santarsiero served on the Children & Youth, Education, Environmental Resources & Energy, and Transportation Committees.[4]

On May 4, 2017, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro appointed Santarsiero as the first Chief Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection.[9]

2016 congressional election[edit]

Santarsiero announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district on January 8, 2015.[10] He won the Democratic primary in April 2016 and faced Republican Brian Fitzpatrick in the general election.[11] Santarsiero lost to Fitzpatrick in the general election 54-46.[12]

Political views[edit]

Santarsiero supports same-sex marriage.[13]

In early 2013, Santarsiero introduced a bill which would end the permitting of intrastate long gun purchases in Pennsylvania. The bill, which has never been brought to a vote, was the subject of controversy in Pennsylvania, drawing support from Cease Fire PA, Bucks Safe, the Peace Center, Keystone Progress, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns[14] and opposition from the Second Amendment Action Group and the National Rifle Association.[15] In 2016, found Santarsiero's claim that he "wrote Pennsylvania's Gun Safety Law" to be false.[16]

Santarsiero has called for increased regulation of Marcellus Shale, natural gas, and hydraulic fracturing.[17] In 2012, he introduced H.B. 2414, which would increase regulation of natural gas drilling.[18] HB 2414 was a part of a six-piece legislative package known as the Marcellus Compact, sponsored by Pennsylvania Democrats to regulate the natural gas industry in the state. The legislation did not come to a vote.[19]

Santarsiero voted to reduce the Pennsylvania State Legislature by 65 seats.[20]

Following the Citizens United Supreme Court Ruling, Santarsiero introduced a bill calling for a convention to amend the United States Constitution to allow states and the United States Congress to pass laws limiting the amount of money that any person or group can donate to federal or state elections.[21] He has since reintroduced this resolution twice.[22]


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 2009 - 193D OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. January 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ Center, Shira (January 8, 2015). "Democrat Kicks Off Race for Open Pennsylvania Seat". Roll Call. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ Seymour, Kara (January 8, 2015). "Steve Santarsiero to Run for Congress". Newtown Patch. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Steve Santarsiero". Ballotpedia. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Towns seek ways to cope regionally 19 southeast communities are joining a forum to regularly discuss common traffic, development and other problems.". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2008 General Election Results". Pennsylvania Department of State. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ "2010 General Election Results". Pennsylvania Department of State. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ "2012 General Election Results". Pennsylvania Department of State. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ title= Attorney General Shapiro Appoints Chief Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection |
  10. ^ "PA-8: Santarsiero Declares Candidacy". Ceisler Media LLC. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ McCabe, Caitlin (April 28, 2016). "Fitzpatrick, Santarsiero coast in Bucks congressional race". Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Fitzpatrick wins 8th District race". Midweek Wire. Retrieved November 9, 2016. 
  13. ^ Seymour, Kara. "'Why Shouldn't Two People in Love Get Married?:' Reactions to DOMA Ruling". Newtown PATCH. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  14. ^ "State Rep. Steve Santarsiero call for vote on bipartisan bill to require universal background checks for firearms in Pa.". Bucks Local News. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  15. ^ Bumstead, Brad. "Newtown shooting victim’s mom, NRA argue for and against background checks in Pa.". TribLive. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  16. ^ Orso, Anna (April 21, 2016). "Claim in Bucks lawmaker’s gun law mailer isn’t exactly what happened". Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  17. ^ Bertrand, Pierre (May 30, 2012). "Pennsylvania Democrats Launch Attack On State's Fracking Law". International Business Times. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Santarsiero Introduces Bill as Part of Marcellus Shale Compact". Newtown Patch. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Regular Session 2011-2012 House Bill 2414". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  20. ^ Shuey, Karen (May 5, 2015). "State House members vote to reduce the size of the Legislature". Lancaster Online. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  21. ^ Davies, Dave. "Bucks County lawmaker wants constitutional amendment on campaign finance". Newsworks. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Santarsiero Calls for Campaign Finance Reform". Newtown Patch. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 

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