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Pennsylvania Senate elections, 2000

Elections for the Pennsylvania State Senate were held on November 7, 2000, with even-numbered districts being contested.[1] State Senators are elected for four-year terms, with half of the Senate seats up for a vote every two years. The term of office for those elected in 2000 ran from January 3, 2001[2] until November 30, 2004.[3] Necessary primary elections were held on April 27, 2004.[4]

The make-up of the senate remained the same following the 2000 elections. Democratic Mike Stack defeated incumbent Republican Frank A. Salvatore in the 5th senatorial district. Republican Donald C. White defeated the democratic nominee to succeed the retiring Patrick J. Stapleton, Jr. in the 41st senatorial district. Democratic Sean Logan succeeded the retiring Albert V. Belan.

Republican Bill Slocum remained on the ballot in the 25th senatorial district, even after his resignation from the senate on June 1, 2000. Slocum plead guilty and spent a month in federal prison for filing false reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and discharging raw sewage into Brokenstraw Creek while he was a sewage plant manager in Youngsville, Pennsylvania.[5] The local Republican party supported the eventual winner, Joseph B. Scarnati III, who ran as an independent and changed his party registration to Republican after his election. [6]
Affiliation Members
  Republican Party 30
  Democratic Party 20

General election

District Party Incumbent Status Party Candidate Votes %
1 Democratic Vincent J. Fumo re-elected

Democratic Vincent J. Fumo 64,877 81.1
Republican George Jacob 15,114 18.9
3 Democratic Shirley M. Kitchen re-elected

Democratic Shirley M. Kitchen 61,895 100.0
5 Republican Frank A. Salvatore defeated

Democratic Mike Stack 46,980 52.6
Republican Frank A. Salvatore 42,416 47.4
7 Democratic Vincent Hughes re-elected

Democratic Vincent Hughes 69,777 100.0
9 Republican Clarence D. Bell re-elected

Republican Clarence D. Bell 66,345 100.0
11 Democratic Michael A. O'Pake re-elected

Democratic Michael A. O'Pake 81,926 94.9
Green Jennaro Pullano 4,405 5.1
13 Republican Gibson E. Armstrong re-elected

Republican Gibson E. Armstrong 63,581 68.7
Democratic Ricci Dehl 28,964 31.3
15 Republican Jeffrey E. Piccola re-elected

Republican Jeffrey E. Piccola 65,718 67.3
Democratic D. Ann Smilek 31,881 32.7
17 Republican Richard A. Tilghman re-elected

Republican Richard A. Tilghman 57,664 50.3
Democratic Lynn Yeakel 44,224 35.5
19 Republican Robert J. Thompson re-elected

Republican Robert J. Thompson 70,210 63.3
Democratic Thomas J. Bosak 40,749 36.7
21 Republican Mary Jo White re-elected

Republican Mary Jo White 73,423 87.6
Libertarian Vernon L. Etzel 10,405 12.4
23 Republican Roger A. Madigan re-elected

Republican Roger A. Madigan 67,698 100.0
25 Republican Bill Slocum[7] resigned, but remained on the ballot

Independent Joseph B. Scarnati III[8] 29,346 32.9
Democratic Joseph J. Calla, Jr. 29,149 32.7
Republican Bill Slocum 28,209 31.6
Constitution Alan R. Kiser 2,460 2.8
27 Republican Edward W. Helfrick re-elected

Republican Edward W. Helfrick 61,335 100.0
29 Republican James J. Rhoades re-elected

Republican James J. Rhoades 87,397 100.0
31 Republican Harold F. Mowery, Jr. re-elected

Republican Harold F. Mowery, Jr. 66,112 65.9
Democratic James H. Hertzler 34,227 34.1
33 Republican Terry Punt re-elected

Republican Terry Punt 92,456 100.0
35 Democratic John N. Wozniak re-elected

Democratic John N. Wozniak 66,625 77.1
Democratic J. Anthony Connell 19,799 22.9
37 Republican Tim Murphy re-elected

Republican Tim Murphy 73,198 64.3
Democratic Joseph Rudolph 40,661 36.7
39 Democratic Allen G. Kukovich re-elected

Democratic Allen G. Kukovich 54,358 57.6
Republican Gene Porterfield 40,017 42.4
41 Democratic Patrick J. Stapleton, Jr. retired

Republican Don White 46,239 53.8
Democratic James McQuown 39,629 46.2
43 Democratic Jay Costa, Jr. re-elected

Democratic Jay Costa, Jr. 71,210 100.0
45 Democratic Albert V. Belan retired

Democratic Sean F. Logan 56,775 61.1
Republican Laurie Zacharia MacDonald 36,183 38.9
47 Democratic Gerald J. LaValle re-elected

Democratic Gerald J. LaValle 86,647 100.0
49 Republican Jane M. Earll re-elected

Republican Jane M. Earll 53,617 57.7
Democratic John Paul Jones 39,254 42.3


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  5. ^ Senator gets jail time for dumping sewage
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  7. ^ resigned on June 1, 2000
  8. ^ Joined Republican party after election
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