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Catherine Harper
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Pennsylvania State House District 61
Incumbent
In office
2001 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 13
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2000
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sLaSalle University, 1978
J.D.Villanova Law School, 1981
Personal
Birthday04/05/1956
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Catherine 'Kate' M. Harper (b. April 5, 1956) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 61. She was first elected to the chamber in 2000.

Harper was a member of the Lower Gwynedd Township Planning Commission in 1986. She then served as Chair of the Lower Gwynedd Township Board of Supervisors from 1987 to 2000. She was also Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Commission from 1994 to 2000.

Biography

Harper earned her B.A. from LaSalle University in 1978 and her J.D. from Villanova Law School in 1981. Her professional experience includes working as a Partner at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin & Maxwell from 1985 to 1990, as a Partner at Hepburn, Willcox, Hamilton & Putnam from 1990 to 1994, as an attorney for Delricci, Harper, Zentgraf & Czaplicki Professional Corporation from 1993 to 1998 and as a Partner at Timoney, Knox, Hasson & Weand Limited Liability Company since 1998.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Harper served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Local Government, Chair
Transportation
Local Government Commission

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives 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 this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Catherine Harper was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Suzan Leonard was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Harper defeated Leonard in the general election.[2][3]

2012

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Harper ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 61. Harper ran unchallenged in the Republican primary on April 24 and defeated Jo White (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Harper Incumbent 58.2% 20,231
     Democratic Jo White 41.8% 14,543
Total Votes 34,774

2010

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Harper won re-election to District 61 in 2010. She had no primary opposition and defeated Democrat Mary Readinger in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.[6]

Pennsylvania State House, District 61
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Catherine Harper (R) 14,988 59.0%
Mary Readinger (D) 10,415 41.0%

2008

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Harper won re-election to District 61 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She received 19,675 votes, defeating Democrat Frank Custer (15,449).[7]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 61
Candidates Votes Percent
Kate M. Harper (R) Green check mark transparent.png 19,675 56.0%
Frank X. Custer (D) 15,449 44.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Catherine Harper is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Catherine Harper raised a total of $1,241,827 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 13, 2013.[8]

Catherine Harper's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 61 Won $109,010
2010 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 61 Won $135,373
2008 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 61 Won $261,341
2006 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 61 Won $69,991
2004 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 61 Won $53,164
2002 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 61 Won $76,288
2000 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 61 Won $536,660
Grand Total Raised $1,241,827

2012

Catherine Harper won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Catherine Harper raised a total of $109,010.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Catherine Harper's campaign in 2012
Pennsylvania Republican Party$18,761
Pennsylvania Association for Justice$16,500
Montgomery County Republican Womens Leadership$7,000
Pennsylvania Future Fund$5,000
Timoney Knox Llp$4,500
Total Raised in 2012$109,010
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Catherine Harper won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Catherine Harper raised a total of $135,373.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

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.

2011-2012

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.

Personal

Harper and her husband, Paul J. Kelly III, have two children.

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Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 61
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