Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2008

Elections for the Pennsylvania State Senate were held on November 4, 2008, with odd-numbered districts being contested. Republicans had a net gain of 1 seat for the 2008 elections, expanding their majority to 30-20. 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 2008 will run from December 1, 2008 until December 1, 2012. Necessary primary elections were held on April 22, 2008.[1]

Make-up of the Senate following the 2008 elections

Affiliation Members
Democratic 20
Republican 30
Total 50

General Elections

(see note)
District Party Incumbent Status Party Candidate Votes  %
1 Democratic Vincent J. Fumo retired

Democratic Larry Farnese 92,088 80.8%
Republican Jack Morley 21,869 19.2%
3 Democratic Shirley M. Kitchen re-elected

Democratic Shirley M. Kitchen 93,539 88.4%
Republican Robert Nix 12,270 11.6%
5 Democratic Michael J. Stack III re-elected

Democratic Michael J. Stack III 69,284 72.0%
Republican John Farley 69,284 28.0%
7 Democratic Vincent Hughes re-elected

Democratic Vincent Hughes 99,346 85.5%
Republican Marc Perry 16,860 14.5%
9 Republican Dominic Pileggi re-elected

Republican Dominic Pileggi 74,669 58.1%
Democratic John Linder 53,795 41.9%
11 Democratic Michael A. O'Pake re-elected

Democratic Michael A. O'Pake 73,686 71.4%
Republican Stephen Fuhs 29,445 28.6%
13 Republican Gibson E. Armstrong retired

Republican Lloyd Smucker 65,708 57.0%
Democratic Jose Urdaneta 49,515 43.0%
15 Republican Jeffrey E. Piccola re-elected

Republican Jeffrey E. Piccola 63,829 52.0%
Democratic Judy Hirsch 59,014 48.0%
17 Democratic Connie Williams retired

Democratic Daylin Leach 76,350 61.5%
Republican Lance Rogers 47,873 38.5%
19 Democratic Andrew Dinniman[2] re-elected

Democratic Andrew Dinniman 84,141 57.7%
Republican Steven Kantrowitz 61,568 42.3%
21 Republican Mary Jo White re-elected

Republican Mary Jo White 73,472 84.5%
Libertarian Mary Lea Lucas 13,477 15.5%
23 Republican Roger A. Madigan retired

Republican Eugene Yaw 61,231 60.2%
Democratic Louis Casimir 29,503 29.0%
Independent Michael A. Dincher 10,921 10.7%
25 Republican Joseph B. Scarnati III re-elected

Republican Joseph B. Scarnati III 61,553 66.6%
Democratic Donald Hilliard 30,838 33.4%
27 Republican John R. Gordner re-elected

Republican John R. Gordner 78,881 100%
29 Republican James J. Rhoades re-elected1

Republican James J. Rhoades 67,347 62.9%
Democratic Peter J. Symons 37,468 35.0%
Independent Dennis Baylor 2,298 2.1%
31 Republican Patricia H. Vance re-elected

Republican Patricia H. Vance 37,250 28.7%
Democratic Susan Kiskis 92,571 91.3%
33 Republican Terry Punt retired

Republican Richard Alloway 79,765 68.6%
Democratic Bruce Tushingham 36,563 31.4%
35 Democratic John N. Wozniak re-elected

Democratic John N. Wozniak 62,464 65.9%
Republican Joseph Veranese 32,380 34.1%
37 Republican John Pippy re-elected

Republican John Pippy 87,398 65.8%
Democratic Amy Jude Schmotzer 45,416 34.2%
39 Republican Bob Regola retired

Republican Kim Ward 57,498 54.0%
Democratic Tony Bompiani 49,049 46.0%
41 Republican Donald C. White re-elected

Republican Donald C. White 94,512 100%
43 Democratic Jay Costa, Jr. re-elected

Democratic Jay Costa, Jr. 100,574 100%
45 Democratic Sean F. Logan re-elected

Democratic Sean F. Logan 84,210 100%
47 Democratic Gerald J. La Valle retired

Republican Elder Vogel 59,195 56.8%
Democratic Jason Petrella 44,995 43.2%
49 Republican Jane M. Earll re-elected

Republican Jane M. Earll 61,134 58.1%
Democratic Cindy Purvis 44,173 41.9%

1 Senator Rhoades died prior to the election but remained on the ballot. As he was posthumously re-elected, his seat will be filled by a special election.


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