Art Haywood

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Art Haywood
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Pennsylvania State Senate, District 4
In office
January 6, 2015 - present
Term ends
November 31, 2018
Years in position 0
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Arthur L. 'Art' Haywood, III is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2015
Aging & Youth, Minority Chair
Communications & Technology
Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure
Public Health & Welfare
Urban Affairs & Housing


Campaign themes


Haywood's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Raise state funding level for public schools.

  • Excerpt: "Our public school system is broken. Yet, PA ranks 43rd in state funding for public education. And low levels of state funding puts a greater burden on local taxes. Though money isn’t the only solution, it’s essential to a realistic chance for success. Just as a strong education system makes a strong society, a weak education system weakens society."

Raise PA’s minimum wage.

  • Excerpt: "According to the U.S. Census, many families are living on less now than 20 years ago. What’s more, over 46 million people in our country are living in poverty. I believe that everyone who’s able to work, should work, and receive a decent wage for that work. Without proper wages, parents are less able to provide for their children. Raising wages not only benefits families, businesses also benefit from greater consumer spending."

Restrict access to guns.

  • Excerpt: "We have too many guns on our streets. There were more gun-related deaths in Pennsylvania from 2001 to 2010 than there were in Afghanistan & Iraq combined. So, along with educating our youth and providing a decent wage to hard working citizens, it’s time to further protect our communities by restricting access to guns."



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in that election was March 11, 2014. Art Haywood defeated incumbent LeAnna Washington and Brian Gralnick in the Democratic primary, while Robin Gilchrist was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ines Reyes ran as an Independent candidate. Haywood defeated Gilchrist and Reyes in the general election.[2][3][4]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngArt Haywood 81.4% 78,001
     Republican Robin Gilchrist 17.2% 16,498
     Independent Ines Reyes 1.4% 1,355
Total Votes 95,854
Pennsylvania State Senate, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngArt Haywood 39.8% 16,113
LeAnna Washington Incumbent 33.8% 13,708
Brian Gralnick 26.4% 10,711
Total Votes 40,532


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Political offices
Preceded by
LeAnna Washington (D)
Pennsylvania State Senate District 4
January 6, 2015-present
Succeeded by