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Andy Dinniman

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Andy Dinniman
Pennsylvania State Senate District 19
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 9
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedMay 16, 2006
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Commissioner, Chester County
Bachelor'sUniversity of Connecticut, 1966
Master'sUniversity of Maryland, 1969
OtherEdD, Pennsylvania State University, 1978
Office website
Andrew 'Andy' E. Dinniman is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber after he won a special election on May 16, 2006.

Before he became a State Senator, Dinniman was a County Commissioner for Chester County from 1992 to 1996.


Dinniman earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut in 1966, his master's degree from the University of Maryland in 1969 and his Educational Doctorate from Pennsylvania State University in 1978. His professional experience includes working as a college professor.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Dinniman served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2015
Education, Minority Chair
Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Environmental Resources & Energy
Public Health & Welfare
State Government


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Dinniman served on the following committees:


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Dinniman served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Dinniman served on these committees:


Education negotiations

An October 13, 2010, Senate Education Committee meeting led the audience to believe that Education was going to be an explosive issue in Harrisburg in 2011.

The day-long hearing was on the potential expansion of school choice options in Pennsylvania. State Sen. Dinniman told representatives from the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) that reforms would be impossible without cooperation from the state’s largest teachers’ union.

"We can’t engage in a dialogue with you guys," said Dinniman. "Either we talk or we don’t talk. Because if we all pass in the night saying we care about kids, and we never come together to talk, then the kids of this commonwealth are going to suffer."

Dinniman told PSEA Treasurer Jerry Oleksiak committee members were very frustrated at being stonewalled by the union for several months. He said repeated attempts to set up a meeting with union leaders have been canceled or ignored. The PSEA hired lobbyists who have publicly "made nasty comments" about Dinniman and Senate Education Committee Chair Jeffrey Piccola (R-Dauphin), another supporter of school choice programs.

The PSEA opposes expanding school choice programs such as vouchers and charter schools because, the organization claims, they put traditional public schools at a disadvantage for funding.

"We know what works," said Oleksiak. "We need targeted, direct resources into what we know works. Long-term, bi-partisan commitment, put the ideology aside. We need to address public education as a key civil right for the students in our Commonwealth."

Dinniman stressed that the PSEA has been uncooperative in many efforts.[1]



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

Dinniman ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 19. Dinniman ran unchallenged in the Democratic primary on April 24 and defeated Christopher Amentas in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. [2][3]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Dinniman Incumbent 57.4% 83,589
     Republican Christopher Amentas 42.6% 61,914
Total Votes 145,503


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Dinniman was re-elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 19.[4]

Dinniman raised $728,632 for this campaign.[5]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 19
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png DINNIMAN, ANDREW E. (D) 84,846

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Andy Dinniman is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Andy Dinniman raised a total of $1,485,488 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.[6]

Andy Dinniman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 19 Won $407,262
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $129,733
2008 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 19 Won $728,632
2006 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $219,861
Grand Total Raised $1,485,488


Andy Dinniman won re-election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Andy Dinniman raised a total of $407,262.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Andy Dinniman's campaign in 2012
Pennsylvania Democratic Party$67,380
Pennyslvania Democratic Party$53,381
Hankin Group$33,708
Students First$25,000
Mcneil, Robert D$10,000
Total Raised in 2012$407,262
Source:Follow the Money


Dinniman raised $728,632 during the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[7]

Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Democratic Party $168,733
Friends of Bob Mellow $23,000
Hankin Group $18,908
Thomas Wolf $15,000
Laborers District Council $15,000
Hilltown Crossing $15,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $12,500
Pennsylvania State Education Association $9,800
Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties $9,000
Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters and Joiners $9,000


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Pennsylvania

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In 2013, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 2 to December 31. In 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 7 through November 12.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their support for legislation related to LGBT equality.


In 2011, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 4 through November 30. In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly began its legislative session on January 3.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators were scored based on floor votes that highlighted environmental issues.


Dinniman is married to his wife, Margo. They live in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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