John Blake

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John Blake
Pennsylvania State Senate District 22
In office
Term ends
November 31, 2018
Years in position 4
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sVillanova University, 1983
Master'sMarywood Graduate School, 1987
Date of birthAugust 1, 1960
Place of birthScranton, PA
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
John P. Blake is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 22. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Blake earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from Villanova University, his master's degree in Social Work from Marywood College and his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Scranton Kania School of Management. His professional experience includes being the executive director of the Lackawanna County Redevelopment Authority, a Community Builders Fellow with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, becoming vice-president and senior development advisor for PNC Bank’s community development division and most recently working as the Director for the Northeast PA Office of the Governor.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2015
Finance, Minority Chair
Appropriations, Minority Vice-Chair
Community, Economic & Recreational Development
Environmental Resources & Energy
Local Government
Urban Affairs & Housing
Capitol Preservation
Local Government Commission


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


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


Campaign themes


Blake’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

The Legislature

  • Excerpt: Blake will work to "eliminate 'per diem' payments in favor of specific reimbursement for eligible costs incurred by legislators" and "call for an independent audit of the legislature's administrative expenditures."

Economic Development

  • Excerpt: Blake will work to "expand the job creation tax credit program to leverage new private investment in job growth" and "invest in core infrastructure including roads, bridges and mass transit, to make us safer and more business-friendly and that will put people to work quickly."

Marcellus Shale Natural Gas

  • Excerpt: Blake will work to "levy a severance tax now on natural gas extraction similar to that currently levied in West Virginia and ensure revenue sharing with the local communities most affected by drilling operations" and "offer incentives to promote traditional as well as new, innovative uses of PA natural gas to allow our businesses and consumers to benefit from our close proximity to this abundant resource."


  • Excerpt: "The Commonwealth must retain and expand assistance to our senior citizens and to persons with disabilities."

Working Families

  • Excerpt: Blake supports "community programs that advance the creation of affordable housing" and "enhance the availability of quality day care and retain/support children's health insurance."


  • Excerpt: Blake "will support public education by working to maintain or increase the state’s current share of funding of the cost of public education" and "achieve improved equity and fairness in the allocation of state funding for public education across economically diverse school districts."

Local Government

  • Excerpt: Blake "will advance programs in support of local government that offer incentives for the regionalization of municipal services and land use planning" and "rovide incentives for energy and operational efficiencies for school districts and local government facilities."

Business Taxes

  • Excerpt: Blake "will work toward tax reform policies that will require Mandatory Combined Reporting by PA corporatiosn and close the Delaware loophole" and "reduce the Corporate Net Income Tax to promote business investment."



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 John Blake was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Joe Albert was unopposed in the Republican primary. Blake defeated Albert in the general election.[3][4][5]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 22 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Blake Incumbent 68.3% 45,716
     Republican Joe Albert 31.7% 21,213
Total Votes 66,929


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Blake defeated Charles Volpe, Christopher Doherty, Jim Wansacz, Joseph Corcoran, and Christopher Phillips in the May 18 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Frank Scavo in the November 2 general election.[6]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 22
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Blake (D) 49,299
Frank Scavo (R) 29,432

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for John Blake is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, John Blake raised a total of $869,908 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.[7]

John Blake's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 22 Not up for election $264,915
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 22 Won $604,993
Grand Total Raised $869,908


John Blake was not up for election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, John Blake raised a total of $264,915.


Blake raised $608,513 during the 2010 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[8]

Donor Amount
Democratic State Senate Campaign Cmte $48,200
Boscov, Albert R $30,000
Citizens for Hughes $27,500
Burns, Elizabeth Anne $25,000
Williams for Senate $15,000


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.



In 2014, Blake's endorsements included the following:[9]

  • American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • Association of PA State College & University Facilities
  • PSEA-PACE Pennsylvania State Education Association
  • Scranton Federation of Teachers, SFT Local 1147
  • Service Employees International Union
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 645


Blake and his wife Louise have two children, Vince and Katie.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Mellow (D)
Pennsylvania State Senate District 22
Succeeded by