Bob Mensch

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Bob Mensch
Pennsylvania State Senate District 24
In office
Term ends
November 31, 2018
Years in position 6
Majority Caucus Leader
January 6, 2015-present
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedSeptember 29, 2009
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Marlborough Township Supervisor
Bachelor'sValley Forge Military College, 1965
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Engineers Reserve
Years of service1966-1972
Place of birthPennsburg, PA
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Bob Mensch is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber after he won a special election on September 29, 2009. He currently serves as Majority Caucus Leader.

Mensch served as Marlborough Township Supervisor from 2004 to 2006. In 2006, he served as Chairman of the Marlborough Township. Mensch served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009.


Mesch earned his B.A. in Business from Valley Forge Military College in 1965. His professional experience includes working as the General Manager/Sales Director for ARBROS Communications and as the District Sales Manager for the American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation (AT&T) from 1969 to 1997. Mensch served in the United States Army Engineers Reserve from 1966 to 1972.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2015
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness, Vice-Chair
Aging & Youth
Game & Fisheries
Public Health & Welfare
Joint State Government Commission
Legislative Budget and Finance, Chair


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


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


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


Campaign themes


Mensch's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "He believes that if we are going to successfully jumpstart our economy, we must begin with the fundamental recognition that our businesses are competing globally."


  • Excerpt: "Senator Mensch believes that all Pennsylvania students — regardless of income or where they live – deserve a high-quality basic education. In the wake of sizable cuts in federal funding received by the state for basic education, Mensch has consistently supported increases in the state budget for K-12 funding."

Protecting our Children

  • Excerpt: "As Chairman of the Senate Committee for Aging and Youth, Bob Mensch played an integral role in crafting and helping to pass a package of legislation that strengthens child protection laws in Pennsylvania. This legislative agenda addresses a range of issues with the goal of preventing child abuse and punishing those who prey on our children."

Downsizing Government

  • Excerpt: "Bob Mensch believes that the legislature and Governor need to be doing the same thing with the state budget by finding cost savings – not raising personal taxes."


  • Excerpt: "Bob has also worked to expand income eligibility requirements for PACE and PACENET, programs that help seniors receive low-cost medications."


Mensch's campaign website highlighted the following areas:[3]

Businesses and Jobs

  • Excerpt: Mensch "supports legislation to do away with semi-monthly sales tax return requirement in order to eliminate costs for our small businesses to build additional revenue" and "wants to allow small businesses to pay school property taxes on in installments, just as other property owners may do now."

Tax Reform

  • Excerpt: Mensch "wants to work with the State Senate to bring comprehensive reform to our Property Tax structure in the state" and "supports legislation which will eliminate the 'Death Tax.'"

Government Reform and Transparency

  • Excerpt: Mensch "supports a reduction in the number of legislators on the PHEAA board of directors and adding private-sector individuals who are experienced with higher education finance" and "believes the General Assembly should adopt recommendations made by the state Auditor General to prohibit risky financial practices by many school and local governments which have cost taxpayers millions and millions of dollars."

Environment and Open Space

  • Excerpt: "Mensch is working to see that one tract of 151 acres of open space is added to the 2,000+ acre inventory in Marlborough. Additionally he appealed to, and won the cooperation of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to partner with Natural Lands Trust so another 46 acres of open space along the Unami Creek could be conserved."


  • Excerpt: Mensch "believes the General Assembly should remove local zoning and building impediments many farmers face when they need to supplement farming operations through farm stands or other agribusiness opportunities" and "supports changing Pennsylvania’s Vehicle Code to allow for the easier movement of tractors and other agricultural vehicles on roads."



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. Incumbent Bob Mensch was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Jack Hansen secured enough primary votes as a Democratic write-in candidate to appear on the general election ballot. Mensch defeated Hansen in the general election.[4][5][6]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 24 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Mensch Incumbent 59.9% 41,885
     Democratic Jack Hansen 40.1% 28,041
Total Votes 69,926


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Mensch won re-election to District 24. He was unopposed in the May 18 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Bill Wallace in the November 2 general election.[7]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 24
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bob Mensch (R) 52,395
Bill Wallace (R) 34,481


On September 29, 2009, Mensch was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate District 24 following a special election.[8]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bob Mensch is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Bob Mensch raised a total of $478,593 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.[9]

Bob Mensch's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 24 Not up for election $11,085
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 24 Won $294,002
2008 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 147 Won $89,793
2006 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 147 Won $83,713
Grand Total Raised $478,593


Bob Mensch was not up for election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Bob Mensch raised a total of $11,085.


Mensch raised $294,002 during the 2010 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[10]

Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Republican Party $65,880
Friends of Joe Scarnati $50,000
Southeast Republican Senate Victory Cmte $10,000
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte of Pennsylvania $9,376
Pennsylvania Medical Society $4,000


Mensch raised $259,195.36 during the 2009 special election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[11]

Donor Amount
Friends of Joe Scarnati $25,000
PA Future Fund PAC $25,000
Rob Wonderling for State Senate $15,000
Rafferty for Senate $10,000
Friends of Senator Don White $10,000
PA Medical PAC $7,500
PEG PAC $5,000
Friends of Dominic Pileggi $5,000


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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.

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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.
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  • Legislators were scored based on floor votes that highlighted environmental issues.


Mensch and his wife, Joann, have two children.

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