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Pennsylvania State Senate

Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 2015
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
Seats 50
Layout of Pennsylvania
Political groups
Length of term
4 years
Authority Article II, Pennsylvania Constitution
Salary $85,536/year[1]
Last election
November 4, 2014
(25 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2016
(25 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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.[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 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 consists of 30 Republicans and 20 Democrats;


  • Senate leadership 1
  • Composition 2
  • Members 3
  • List 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • Sources 7
  • External links 8

Senate leadership

President of the Senate: Mike Stack (D)

President Pro Tem of the Senate: Joe Scarnati


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


Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of session, 2014 27 23 50 0
Begin 30 19 49 0
January 20, 2015[4] 19 49 1
June 9, 2015[5] 20 50 0
June 21, 2015[6] 19 49 1
November 4, 2015[7]
Latest voting share 61.2% 38.8%


The Senate is made up of 50 members who are elected by district. As of 2015, the partisan breakdown is 30 Republicans and 20 Democrats. In 2012, a State Senate district had an average population of 254,047 residents.

Pennsylvania Senate Districts colored by party (2015-):
  Republican senator
  Democratic senator


District Representative Party Residence Counties represented Term ends First Elected
1 Larry Farnese Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2016 2008
2 Christine Tartaglione Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2018 1994
3 Shirley Kitchen Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2016 1996
4 Arthur L. Haywood III Dem Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 2018 2014
5 John Sabatina Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2016 2015
6 Tommy Tomlinson Rep Bensalem Township Bucks 2018 1994
7 Vincent Hughes Dem Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 2016 1994
8 Anthony Williams Dem Philadelphia Delaware, Philadelphia 2018 1998
9 Dominic Pileggi Rep Chester Chester, Delaware 2016 2002
10 Chuck McIlhinney Rep Plumstead Township Bucks 2018 2006
11 Judy Schwank Dem Fleetwood Berks 2016 2011
12 Stewart Greenleaf Rep Upper Moreland Township Bucks, Montgomery 2018 1978
13 Lloyd Smucker Rep West Lampeter Township Lancaster 2016 2008
14 John Yudichak Dem Plymouth Township Carbon, Luzerne 2018 2010
15 Rob Teplitz Dem Susquehanna Township Dauphin, Perry 2016 2012
16 Pat Browne Rep Allentown Lehigh 2018 2005
17 Daylin Leach Dem Upper Merion Township Delaware, Montgomery 2016 2008
18 Lisa Boscola Dem Bethlehem Township Lehigh, Northampton 2018 1998
19 Andy Dinniman Dem West Whiteland Township Chester 2016 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 2016 2012
22 John Blake Dem Archbald Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe 2018 2010
23 Gene Yaw Rep Loyalsock Township Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union 2016 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 2016 2000
26 Thomas J. McGarrigle Rep Springfield Township Chester, Delaware 2018 2014
27 John Gordner Rep Berwick Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder 2016 2003
28 Scott Wagner Rep Spring Garden Township York 2018 2014
29 Dave Argall Rep Rush Township Berks, Schuylkill 2016 2009
30 John Eichelberger Rep Duncansville Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon 2018 2006
31 Pat Vance Rep Silver Spring Township Cumberland, York 2016 2004
32 Patrick J. Stefano Rep Bullskin Township Fayette, Somerset, Westmoreland 2018 2014
33 Rich Alloway Rep Hamilton Township Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, York 2016 2008
34 Jake Corman Rep Benner Township Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin 2018 1998
35 John Wozniak Dem Johnstown Bedford, Cambria, Clearfield 2016 1996
36 Ryan Aument Rep East Hempfield Township Lancaster 2018 2014
37 Vacant Allegheny, Washington 2016
38 Randy Vulakovich Rep Shaler Township Allegheny 2018 2012
39 Kim Ward Rep Hempfield Township Westmoreland 2016 2008
40 Mario Scavello Rep Mount Pocono Borough Monroe, Northampton 2018 2014
41 Don White Rep Indiana Armstrong, Butler, Indiana, Westmoreland 2016 2000
42 Wayne Fontana Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2018 2005
43 Jay Costa Dem Forest Hills Allegheny 2016 1996
44 John Rafferty, Jr. Rep Lower Providence Township Berks, Chester, Montgomery 2018 2002
45 Jim Brewster Dem McKeesport Allegheny, Westmoreland 2016 2010
46 Camera Bartolotta Rep Monongahela Beaver, Greene, Washington 2018 2014
47 Elder Vogel Rep New Sewickley Township Beaver, Butler, Lawrence 2016 2008
48 Mike Folmer Rep Lebanon Dauphin, Lebanon, York 2018 2006
49 Sean Wiley Dem Millcreek Township Erie 2016 2012
50 Michele Brooks Rep Jamestown Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Warren 2018 2014

See also


  1. ^ The Pennsylvania Manual, p. 3-7.
  2. ^ Article II, section 3, Pennsylvania Constitution.
  3. ^ Article IV, section 14, Pennsylvania Constitution.
  4. ^ Democrat Michael J. Stack III resigned to take office as Lieutenant Governor.
  5. ^ Democrat John Sabatina seated after winning the special election to succeed Stack.
  6. ^ Democrat Matthew H. Smith resigned to become head of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.[3]
  7. ^ Special Election for 37th District.[4]


  • Trostle, Sharon, ed. (2009).  

External links

  • Pennsylvania State Senate
  • Pennsylvania State Senate information and voting records

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