Charles McIlhinney

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Charles McIlhinney
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Pennsylvania State Senate District 10
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
November 30, 2014
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1998-2006
Education
Bachelor'sBryant College, 1989
Personal
BirthdayMay 19, 1967
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Charles T. McIlhinney Jr. (b. May 19, 1967) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 10. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

McIlhinney served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from February 17, 1998 to 2006. McIlhinney was also a member of the Doylestown Borough Council from 1994 to 1996.

Biography

McIlhinney earned his B.S. in Finance from Bryant College and is currently working on his Master's in Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. His professional experience includes being the Director of the Bucks County Office of Employment and Training before he became an elected official.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Law & Justice, Chair
Game & Fisheries, Vice Chair
Labor & Industry
Rules & Executive Nominations
State Government
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

McIlhinney's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]

Jobs & Economy

  • Excerpt: "Chuck McIlhinney knows we must make Pennsylvania more competitive in the national marketplace to attract new businesses to our region and help existing businesses grow and expand. That’s why he’s supported comprehensive tax and regulation reforms as our State Senator."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Chuck McIlhinney knows quality schools make the 10th District one of the best places to raise a family in Pennsylvania. As a husband and father, Chuck knows the value of a good education and works to ensure local children have access to quality schools at a price taxpayers can afford."

Fiscal Discipline

  • Excerpt: "As a local elected official, State Representative, and now as our State Senator, Chuck has always put taxpayers first and never voted to raise income taxes or property taxes."

Environment

  • Excerpt: "Chuck McIlhinney knows that one of the things that makes Bucks County so unique are the unspoiled natural areas, farms, and open space that exist in our communities. As State Senator, he has worked to protect these areas – and all our natural resources – so they are there for future generations to enjoy."

Holding the Line on Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Chuck knows state government must do more with less to keep spending and taxes low. As a leader in Harrisburg, he’ll continue to put taxpayers first and protect our hard-earned dollars."

2006

McIlhinney's campaign website highlighted four main campaign issues:[2]

  • Spending
  • Excerpt: McIlhinney "successfully fought for a budget that held the line on spending except providing needed increases to our schools" and "has never voted for a tax increase on the families and seniors of Bucks and Montgomery Counties."
  • Taxes
  • Excerpt: McIlhinney "has worked to gradually eliminate the state’s onerous Capital Stock and Franchise Tax, as well as called for cuts to the state corportate income tax, to make us more competitive with other states."
  • Jobs & Economy
  • Excerpt: McIlhinney "has worked with both the business and labor community to roll-back the state’s onerous business taxes, push for reforms to the workers’ compensation system, change the tort system to make it more fair and less costly" and "also supports the working training and re-training that prepares Pennsylvanians to do the jobs that today’s employers need done."
  • Reform
  • Excerpt: "He helped passed 9 government reforms bills (many of them passed through the Senate State Government Committee, of which he is Chairman) with strong bipartisan support."
  • Environment
  • Excerpt: McIlhenney "has worked with environmental groups and local residents to sponsor or support numerous pieces of legislation protecting our environment."
  • Education
  • Excerpt: McIlhenney "has worked to ensure that state funding is focused on priorities like education and has worked to ensure that any state spending increases go to education first – to provide schools with needed resources and help reduce the need for local property taxpayers to pay for them."

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Charles McIlhinney was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Steve Cickay was unopposed in the Democratic primary. McIlhinney and Cickay will face off in the general election.[3][4]

2010

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

McIlhinney won re-election to District 10. He was unopposed in the May 18 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Cynthia M. Philo in the November 2 general election.[5]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 10
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charles McIlhinney (R) 59,763
Cynthia M. Philo (D) 40,282

2006

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, McIlhinney was elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 10.[6]

McIlhinney raised $824,637 for this campaign.[7]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 10
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png MCILHINNEY, CHUCK (R) 52,060
SERPICO, CHRIS (D) 48,951

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Charles McIlhinney is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Charles McIlhinney raised a total of $2,467,558 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.[8]

Charles McIlhinney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $283,554
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 10 Won $571,679
2008 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $238,444
2006 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 10 Won $824,637
2004 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 143 Won $104,826
2002 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 143 Won $108,830
2000 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 143 Won $176,858
1998 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 143 Won $158,730
Grand Total Raised $2,467,558

2012

Charles McIlhinney was not up for election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Charles McIlhinney raised a total of $283,554.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Charles McIlhinney's campaign in 2012
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte of Pennsylvania$15,000
Sprinkler Fitters Local 692$9,800
Worth, Steve$9,000
Dumack, Heath$5,750
Astrazeneca$5,500
Total Raised in 2012$283,554
Source:Follow the Money

2010

McIlhinney raised $562,562 during the 2010 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[9]

Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Republican Party $100,082
Friends of Joe Scarnati $70,000
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte of Pennsylvania $50,000
Lower Bucks Leadership PAC $25,000
Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters & Joiners $11,000

2006

McIlhinney raised $824,637 during the 2006 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[10]

Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Republican Party $237,221
Senate Republican Campaign Committee of Pennsylvania $164,525
Republican Senate Campaign Committee $36,368
Pennsylvania Medical Society $19,076
Pennsylvania Future Fund $15,000
Committee to Elect Joe Conti $15,000
Friends of Joe Scarnati $12,500
Fund for Pennsylvania Priorities PAC $10,000
Pennsylvanians for Effective Government $10,000
John Templeton, Jr. $5,100

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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 will be in session from January 7 through November 30.

  • 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

Charles is married to Jennifer McIlhinney. They have one child and resides in Plumstead Township, Pennsylvania.

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