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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.[2] 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.[3] The Pennsylvania Senate has been meeting since 1791.

Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 2017
Leadership
Mike Stack (D)
Since January 20, 2015
Joseph Scarnati (R)
Since January 2, 2007
Majority Leader
Jake Corman (R)
Since January 6, 2015
Minority Leader
Jay Costa (D)
Since January 4, 2011
Structure
Seats 50
Layout of Pennsylvania
Political groups

Majority

Minority

Length of term
4 years
Authority Article II, Pennsylvania Constitution
Salary $85,536/year[1]
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
(25 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(25 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
Pennsylvania State Capitol Senate Chamber.jpg
State Senate Chamber
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Website
Pennsylvania State Senate

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.

Contents

Senate leadershipEdit

President of the Senate: Mike Stack (D)
President Pro Tem of the Senate: Joe Scarnati (R)

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

CompositionEdit

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
1995-1996 Session 29 21 50 0
1997-1998 Session 30 20 50 0
1999-2000 Session 30 20 50 0
2001-2002 Session 30 20 50 0
2003-2004 Session 29 21 50 0
2005-2006 Session 30 20 50 0
2007-2008 Session 29 21 50 0
2009-2010 Session 30 20 50 0
2011-2012 Session 30 20 50 0
2013-2014 Session 27 23 50 0
2015-2016 Session 30 20 50 0
End of session, 2016 31 19 50 0
2017-2018 Session 34 16 50 0
Latest voting share 68% 32% 0%

MembershipEdit

The Senate is made up of 50 members who are elected by district. As of 2017, the partisan breakdown is 34 Republicans and 16 Democrats. In 2012, a State Senate district had an average population of 254,047 residents.

List of current membersEdit

District Representative Party Residence Counties represented Term ends First Elected
1 Larry Farnese Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2020 2008
2 Christine Tartaglione Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2018 1994
3 Sharif Street Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2020 2016
4 Arthur L. Haywood III Dem Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 2018 2014
5 John Sabatina Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2020 2015
6 Tommy Tomlinson Rep Bensalem Township Bucks 2018 1994
7 Vincent Hughes Dem Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 2020 1994
8 Anthony Williams Dem Philadelphia Delaware, Philadelphia 2018 1998
9 Tom Killion Rep Middletown Township Chester, Delaware 2020 2016
10 Chuck McIlhinney Rep Plumstead Township Bucks 2018 2006
11 Judy Schwank Dem Fleetwood Berks 2020 2011
12 Stewart Greenleaf Rep Upper Moreland Township Bucks, Montgomery 2018 1978
13 Scott Martin Rep West Lampeter Township Lancaster 2020 2016
14 John Yudichak Dem Plymouth Township Carbon, Luzerne 2018 2010
15 John DiSanto Rep Susquehanna Township Dauphin, Perry 2020 2016
16 Pat Browne Rep Allentown Lehigh 2018 2005
17 Daylin Leach Dem Upper Merion Township Delaware, Montgomery 2020 2008
18 Lisa Boscola Dem Bethlehem Township Lehigh, Northampton 2018 1998
19 Andy Dinniman Dem West Whiteland Township Chester 2020 2006
20 Lisa Baker Rep Lehman Township Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming 2018 2006
21 Scott Hutchinson Rep Oil City Butler, Clarion, Forest, Venango, Warren 2020 2012
22 John Blake Dem Archbald Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe 2018 2010
23 Gene Yaw Rep Loyalsock Township Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union 2020 2008
24 Bob Mensch Rep Marlborough Township Berks, Bucks, Montgomery 2018 2009
25 Joe Scarnati Rep Brockway Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga 2020 2000
26 Thomas J. McGarrigle Rep Springfield Township Chester, Delaware 2018 2014
27 John Gordner Rep Berwick Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder 2020 2003
28 Scott Wagner Rep Spring Garden Township York 2018 2014
29 Dave Argall Rep Rush Township Berks, Schuylkill 2020 2009
30 John Eichelberger Rep Duncansville Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon 2018 2006
31 Mike Regan Rep Carroll Township Cumberland, York 2020 2016
32 Patrick J. Stefano Rep Bullskin Township Fayette, Somerset, Westmoreland 2018 2014
33 Rich Alloway Rep Hamilton Township Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, York 2020 2008
34 Jake Corman Rep Benner Township Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin 2018 1998
35 Wayne Langerholc Rep Johnstown Bedford, Cambria, Clearfield 2020 2016
36 Ryan Aument Rep East Hempfield Township Lancaster 2018 2014
37 Guy Reschenthaler Rep Jefferson Hills Allegheny, Washington 2020 2015
38 Randy Vulakovich Rep Shaler Township Allegheny 2018 2012
39 Kim Ward Rep Hempfield Township Westmoreland 2020 2008
40 Mario Scavello Rep Mount Pocono Monroe, Northampton 2018 2014
41 Don White Rep Indiana Armstrong, Butler, Indiana, Westmoreland 2020 2000
42 Wayne Fontana Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2018 2005
43 Jay Costa Dem Forest Hills Allegheny 2020 1996
44 John Rafferty, Jr. Rep Lower Providence Township Berks, Chester, Montgomery 2018 2002
45 Jim Brewster Dem McKeesport Allegheny, Westmoreland 2020 2010
46 Camera Bartolotta Rep Monongahela Beaver, Greene, Washington 2018 2014
47 Elder Vogel Rep New Sewickley Township Beaver, Butler, Lawrence 2020 2008
48 Mike Folmer Rep Lebanon Dauphin, Lebanon, York 2018 2006
49 Dan Laughlin Rep Millcreek Township Erie 2020 2016
50 Michele Brooks Rep Jamestown Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Warren 2018 2014

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Pennsylvania Manual, p. 3-7.
  2. ^ Article II, section 3, Pennsylvania Constitution.
  3. ^ Article IV, section 14, Pennsylvania Constitution.

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