John Rafferty

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John Rafferty
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Pennsylvania State Senate District 44
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
November 30, 2014
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, 1975
Master'sBeaver College, 1984
J.D.Temple University School of Law, 1988
Personal
Place of birthMontgomery County
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John C. Rafferty Jr. is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Before becoming a Senator, Rafferty served on the Montgomery County Board of Assessment Appeals from 1996-2002 and served in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office as Deputy Attorney General from 1988 to 1991.

Biography

Rafferty earned his B.A. in History from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1975, his M.A. from Beaver College in 1984 and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1988. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Transportation, Chair
Judiciary, Vice Chair
Appropriations
Banking & Insurance
Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure
Law & Justice
Commission on Sentencing
Joint State Government Commission, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

Rafferty's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

  • Reform Excerpt: "He wants to clean up the political process, reform the General Assembly and bring integrity to public service. He voted against the legislative, judicial and Governor's pay raises. He did not accept the pay raise and fought successfully for the repeal."
  • Safeguarding Our Children Excerpt: " He is the sponsor of Jessica's Law, which would impose a mandatory minimum of 25-years and up to 50 years imprisonment for a first-time offender convicted of rape or involuntary deviate sexual intercourse involving a child less than 13 years of age."
  • Property Tax Reform Excerpt: "John supports eliminating school property tax for homeowners. He believes that the burden of funding schools is becoming too great for homeowners and that it is time to replace the property tax with a more fair revenue source."
  • Spending and Taxes Excerpt: "ohn believes government should function within its means and on a tight budget, just like individuals and families do everyday. That is why he voted against the increase in state income tax; voted against the nursing home bed tax; voted to remove the ‘double' cell phone tax; and voted for income tax credits for health savings accounts and tuition account programs."
  • Gaming Excerpt: "He is taking a lead in the effort to reform the Gaming Board, close the loop holes for corruption and make sure the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office have proper oversight."
  • Protecting Our Environment Excerpt: "John has worked with local and state environmental organizations, local and state government officials and businesses to fight the deadly pollutants contaminating our wells, streams and backyards. He pushed for the closure of the Pottstown Landfill and sponsored legislation to crack down on bad landfill operators."

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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent John Rafferty was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Kathleen Cozzone was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Rafferty and Cozzone will face off in the general election.[2][3]

2010

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Rafferty won re-election to District 44. He was unopposed in the May 18 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Matt Stehman in the November 2 general election.[4]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 44
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Rafferty (R) 56,388
Matt Stehman (D) 34,180

2006

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Rafferty was re-elected to District 44 of the Pennsylvania State Senate. Rafferty defeated Dan Weand (D) in the general election.[5]

Rafferty raised $381,996 for this campaign.[6]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 44
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png RAFFERTY, JOHN (R) 49,798
WEAND, DAN (D) 38,768

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for John Rafferty is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, John Rafferty raised a total of $1,733,068 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[7]

John Rafferty's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 44 Not up for election $214,020
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 44 Won $341,531
2008 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 44 Not up for election $217,273
2006 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 44 Won $381,996
2004 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 44 Not up for election $178,490
2002 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 44 Won $399,758
Grand Total Raised $1,733,068

2012

John Rafferty was not up for election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, John Rafferty raised a total of $214,020.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Rafferty's campaign in 2012
Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters & Joiners of Philadelphia & Vicinity$10,000
Pennsylvania Association for Justice$8,500
Friends of Dominic Pileggi$7,500
Stevens & Lee$5,500
Danella, James D$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$214,020
Source:Follow the Money

2010

John Rafferty won re-election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, John Rafferty raised a total of $341,531.

2006

Rafferty raised $381,996 during the 2006 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[8]

Donor Amount
Republican Committee $25,702
Pennsylvania Republican Party $14,464
Pennsylvania Beer Wholesalers Association $12,719
John Wolfington $10,000
Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society $10,000
Todd Hendricks $9,170
Pennsylvania State Troopers Association $7,500
Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters and Joiners $7,000
Charles Mandracchia $6,737
Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania $6,170

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 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.
  • Legislators were scored on their votes on bills related to reproductive freedom and family planning.

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

Rafferty resides in Collegetown, Pennsylvania.

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