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Pennsylvania State Senate
Type Upper House
President of the Senate Joseph B. Scarnati, (R)
since December 3, 2008
Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, (R)
since January 2, 2007
Minority Leader Bob Mellow, (D)
since January 3, 1995
Members 50
Political groups Democratic Party
Republican Party
Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
Pennsylvania State Capitol Senate Chamber.jpg
Senate Chamber
Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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.[1] 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.[2]

The President of the Senate is the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, who has no vote except in the event of an otherwise tie vote.


Senate Leadership

President Pro Tempore: Joe Scarnati (R)

Majority Party (R) Leadership Position Minority Party (D)
Dominic Pileggi Floor Leader Bob Mellow
Jake Corman Appropriations Committee Chairman Jay Costa
Jane Orie Whip Michael A. O'Pake
Mike Waugh Caucus Chairman Vincent Hughes
Bob Robbins Caucus Secretary Sean Logan
Pat Browne Caucus Administrator Christine Tartaglione
Edwin Erickson Policy Committee Chairman Rich Kasunic


Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature[3] 28 21 49 1
Begin 29 20 49 1
March 17, 2009[4] 30 50 0
July 28, 2009[5] 29 49 1
Ocotber 19, 2009[6] 30 50 0
Latest voting share 60.0% 40.0%

Members of the Pennsylvania State Senate

The Senate is made up of 50 members who are elected by district. As of 2009, the current party breakdown is 30 Republicans and 20 Democrats. In 2002, a State Senate district had an average population of 245,621 residents.

Pennsylvania Senate Districts colored by party:     Republican senator     Democratic senator


District Representative Party Residence Counties Represented Term Ends
1 Larry Farnese Democratic Philadelphia Philadelphia 2012
2 Christine Tartaglione Democratic Philadelphia Philadelphia 2010
3 Shirley Kitchen Democratic Philadelphia Philadelphia 2012
4 LeAnna Washington Democratic Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 2010
5 Michael J. Stack III Democratic Philadelphia Philadelphia 2012
6 Tommy Tomlinson Republican Bensalem Bucks 2010
7 Vincent Hughes Democratic Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 2012
8 Anthony H. Williams Democratic Philadelphia Delaware, Philadelphia 2010
9 Dominic Pileggi Republican Chester Chester, Delaware 2012
10 Charlie McIlhinney Republican Doylestown Bucks, Montgomery 2010
11 Michael A. O'Pake Democratic Reading Berks 2012
12 Stewart Greenleaf Republican Willow Grove Bucks, Montgomery 2010
13 Lloyd Smucker Republican Lancaster Lancaster, York 2012
14 Raphael Musto Democratic Pittston Carbon, Luzerne 2010
15 Jeffrey Piccola Republican Susquehanna Township Dauphin, York 2012
16 Pat Browne Republican Allentown Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton 2010
17 Daylin Leach Democratic Upper Merion Township Delaware, Montgomery 2012
18 Lisa Boscola Democratic Bethlehem Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton 2010
19 Andy Dinniman Democratic West Chester Chester, Montgomery 2012
20 Lisa Baker Republican Dallas Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming 2010
21 Mary Jo White Republican Franklin Butler, Clarion, Erie, Forest, Venango, Warren 2012
22 Bob Mellow Democratic Blakely Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe 2010
23 Eugene Yaw Republican Loyalsock Township Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union 2012
24 Bob Mensch Republican Marlborough Township, Pennsylvania Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton 2010
25 Joe Scarnati Republican Brockway Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Warren 2012
26 Ted Erickson Republican Newtown Square Chester, Delaware 2010
27 John Gordner Republican Berwick Columbia, Dauphin, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder 2012
28 Mike Waugh Republican York York 2010
29 Dave Argall Republican Rush Township Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Schuylkill 2012
30 John Eichelberger Republican Duncansville Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Huntingdon, Mifflin 2010
31 Pat Vance Republican Silver Spring Township Cumberland, York 2012
32 Rich Kasunic Democratic Dunbar Fayette, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland 2010
33 Richard Alloway Republican Hamilton Township, Franklin Co. Adams, Franklin, York 2012
34 Jake Corman Republican Benner Township Centre, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Union 2010
35 John Wozniak Democratic Johnstown Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Somerset 2012
36 Mike Brubaker Republican Ephrata Chester, Lancaster 2010
37 John Pippy Republican Moon Township Allegheny, Washington 2012
38 Jim Ferlo Democratic Pittsburgh Allegheny, Armstrong, Westmoreland 2010
39 Kim Ward Republican Hempfield Township Westmoreland 2012
40 Jane Orie Republican McCandless Allegheny, Butler 2010
41 Don White Republican Indiana Armstrong, Clearfield, Indiana, Westmoreland 2012
42 Wayne Fontana Democratic Pittsburgh Allegheny 2010
43 Jay Costa Democratic Forest Hills Allegheny 2012
44 John Rafferty, Jr. Republican Collegeville Berks, Chester, Montgomery 2010
45 Sean Logan Democratic Monroeville Allegheny, Westmoreland 2012
46 Barry Stout Democratic Bentleyville Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland 2010
47 Elder Vogel Republican New Sewickley Township Allegheny, Beaver, Lawrence 2012
48 Mike Folmer Republican Lebanon Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon 2010
49 Jane Earll Republican Erie Erie 2012
50 Bob Robbins Republican Greenville Butler, Crawford, Lawrence, Mercer 2010

See also

External links


  1. ^ "CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA: Article II - The Legislature". Pennsylvania Constitution Web Page of the Duquesne University School of Law. Duquesne University School of Law. 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  2. ^ "CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA: Article IV - THE EXECUTIVE - Section 14 - Vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor". Pennsylvania Constitution Web Page of the Duquesne University School of Law. Duquesne University School of Law. 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  3. ^ Republican James J. Rhoades of the 29th District died October 18, 2008 and was re-elected posthumously in November 2008.
  4. ^ Republican Dave Argall won a special election to succeed Rhoades held March 3.
  5. ^ Republican Rob Wonderling of the 24th District.
  6. ^ Republican Bob Mensch of the 24th District.



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