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.

The president of the Senate is the lieutenant governor, who has no vote except in the event of an otherwise tie vote.

Senate leadership

President of the Senate: John Fetterman (D)
President pro tem of the Senate: Jake Corman (R)

Majority party (R)Leadership positionMinority party (D)
Kim WardFloor LeaderJay Costa
John GordnerWhipAnthony H. Williams
Bob MenschCaucus ChairmanWayne D. Fontana
Ryan AumentCaucus SecretaryMaria Collett
Pat BrowneAppropriations Committee ChairmanVincent Hughes
Dave ArgallPolicy Committee ChairmanKatie Muth
Camera BartolottaCaucus AdministratorJudy Schwank

Composition

Historical sessions

AffiliationParty

(shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
RepublicanDemocraticVacant
1995–1996 session2921500
1997–1998 session3020500
1999–2000 session3020500
2001–2002 session3020500
2003–2004 session2921500
2005–2006 session3020500
2007–2008 session2921500
2009–2010 session3020500
2011–2012 session3020500
2013–2014 session2723500
2015–2016 session3020500
2016–2017 session3119500
2017–2018 session3416500
2018–2019 session2822500
2019–2020 session2921500

Current session

as of June 7, 2022:


21128
DemocraticRepublican
AffiliationParty

(shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
RepublicanIndDemocraticVacant
End of previous legislature28121500
January 5, 2021[4]28120491
January 13, 2021[5]21500
January 17, 2021[6]27491
February 15, 2021[7]20482
June 9, 2021[8][9]2821500
January 1, 2022[10]20491
June 7, 2022[11]21500
Latest voting share58%42%

Membership

The Senate is made up of 50 members who are elected by district. In 2012, a State Senate district had an average population of 254,047 residents.

Map of March 2021 partisan composition of legislative districts for state senate:

  Republican senator
  Democratic senator
  Independent senator
  Seat vacant

List of current members

DistrictSenatorPartyResidenceCounties representedFirst electedTerm ends
1Nikil SavalDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia20202024
2Christine TartaglioneDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia19942022
3Sharif StreetDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia20162024
4Art HaywoodDemPhiladelphiaMontgomery, Philadelphia20142022
5Jimmy DillonDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2022[note 1]2024
6Tommy TomlinsonRepBensalem TownshipBucks19942022
7Vincent HughesDemPhiladelphiaMontgomery, Philadelphia19942024
8Anthony WilliamsDemPhiladelphiaDelaware, Philadelphia19982022
9John KaneDemBirminghamChester, Delaware20202024
10Steve SantarsieroDemLower Makefield TownshipBucks20182022
11Judy SchwankDemFleetwoodBerks20112024
12Maria CollettDemLower Gwynedd TownshipBucks, Montgomery20182022
13Scott MartinRepWest Lampeter TownshipLancaster20162024
14John YudichakInd.Plymouth TownshipCarbon, Luzerne20102022
15John DiSantoRepSusquehanna TownshipDauphin, Perry20162024
16Pat BrowneRepAllentownLehigh20052022
17Amanda CappellettiDemEast Norriton TownshipDelaware, Montgomery20202024
18Lisa BoscolaDemBethlehem TownshipLehigh, Northampton19982022
19Carolyn ComittaDemWest ChesterChester20202024
20Lisa BakerRepLehman TownshipLuzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming20062022
21Scott HutchinsonRepOil CityButler, Clarion, Forest, Venango, Warren20122024
22Marty FlynnDemScrantonLackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe2021[note 2]2022
23Eugene YawRepLoyalsock TownshipBradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union20082024
24Bob MenschRepMarlborough TownshipBerks, Bucks, Montgomery20092022
25Cris DushRepPine Creek TownshipCameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga20202024
26Tim KearneyDemSwarthmoreChester, Delaware20182022
27John GordnerRepBerwickColumbia, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder20032024
28Kristin Phillips-HillRepYork TownshipYork20182022
29Dave ArgallRepRush TownshipBerks, Schuylkill20092024
30Judy WardRepHollidaysburgBlair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon20182022
31Mike ReganRepCarroll TownshipCumberland, York20162024
32Pat StefanoRepBullskin TownshipFayette, Somerset, Westmoreland20142022
33Doug MastrianoRepGreene TownshipAdams, Cumberland, Franklin, York20192024
34Jake CormanRepBenner TownshipCentre, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin19982022
35Wayne LangerholcRepJohnstownBedford, Cambria, Clearfield20162024
36Ryan AumentRepEast Hempfield TownshipLancaster20142022
37Devlin RobinsonRepBridgevilleAllegheny, Washington20202024
38Lindsey WilliamsDemWest ViewAllegheny20182022
39Kim WardRepHempfield TownshipWestmoreland20082024
40Mario ScavelloRepMount PoconoMonroe, Northampton20142022
41Joe PittmanRepIndianaArmstrong, Butler, Indiana, Westmoreland20192024
42Wayne FontanaDemPittsburghAllegheny20052022
43Jay CostaDemForest HillsAllegheny19962024
44Katie MuthDemRoyersfordBerks, Chester, Montgomery20182022
45Jim BrewsterDemMcKeesportAllegheny, Westmoreland20102024
46Camera BartolottaRepMonongahelaBeaver, Greene, Washington20142022
47Elder VogelRepNew Sewickley TownshipBeaver, Butler, Lawrence20082024
48Chris GebhardRepNorth Cornwall TownshipDauphin, Lebanon, York2021[note 3]2022
49Dan LaughlinRepMillcreek TownshipErie20162024
50Michele BrooksRepJamestownCrawford, Erie, Mercer, Warren20142022
  1. ^ John Sabatina resigned on December 31, 2021. Dillon was elected in a special election on May 17, and seated on June 7.
  2. ^ John Blake resigned on February 15, 2021. Flynn was elected in a special election on May 18.
  3. ^ Dave Arnold died January 17, 2021. Gebhard was elected in a special election on May 18.

Standing committees

Committee NameMajority chairMinority chair
Aging & YouthJudy WardMaria Collett
Agriculture & Rural AffairsElder VogelJudy Schwank
AppropriationsPat BrowneVincent Hughes
Banking & InsuranceJohn DiSantoSharif Street
Communications & TechnologyKristin Phillips-HillJohn I. Kane
Community, Economic & Recreational DevelopmentJohn YudichakAmanda Cappelletti
Consumer Protection & Professional LicensureTommy TomlinsonLisa Boscola
EducationScott MartinLindsey Williams
Environmental Resources & EnergyEugene YawCarolyn Comitta
FinanceScott HutchinsonWayne D. Fontana
Game & FisheriesDan LaughlinJim Brewster
Health & Human ServicesMichele BrooksArthur L. Haywood III
Intergovernmental OperationsCris DushAnthony H. Williams
JudiciaryLisa BakerSteve Santarsiero
Labor & IndustryCamera BartolottaChristine Tartaglione
Law & JusticeMike ReganJim Brewster
Local GovernmentCris DushTim Kearney
Rules & Executive NominationsKim WardJay Costa
State GovernmentDave ArgallSharif Street
TransportationWayne LangerholcMarty Flynn
Urban Affairs & HousingJoe PittmanNikil Saval
Veterans Affairs & Emergency PreparednesssPatrick J. StefanoKatie Muth

Past composition of the Senate

See also

References

  1. ^ The Pennsylvania Manual, pp. 3–7.
  2. ^ Article II, section 3, Pennsylvania Constitution.
  3. ^ Article IV, section 14, Pennsylvania Constitution.
  4. ^ Senator Brewster not seated
  5. ^ Hughes, Sarah Anne (2021-01-12). “Federal judge rules in favor of Democratic Pa. Senate candidate GOP refused to seat”. Spotlight PA. Retrieved 2021-01-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Murphy, Jan (January 17, 2021). “Pa. state senator dies from brain cancer at age 49”. PennLive. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  7. ^ “State senator to resign to join congressman’s office”. Associated Press. February 15, 2021. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  8. ^ KRAWCZENIUK, BORYS. “Flynn sworn in as new state senator”. Scranton Times-Tribune. Retrieved 2021-06-09.
  9. ^ Toth, Matthew (2021-05-18). “48th state senate district: Lebanon businessman declares victory with sizable lead in race”. York Daily Record. Retrieved 2021-06-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Brennan, Chris (2022-01-07). “Democrats in Northeast Philly face off for a special election, with more to come”. The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2022-01-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ “Senator Jimmy Dillon Sworn in to Serve the 5th Senatorial District”. Retrieved 2022-06-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

Sources

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