Kim Ward

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Kim Ward
Pennsylvania State Senate District 39
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 5
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors
Place of birthMeadowlands, PA
Office website
Kim L. Ward is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 39. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Ward has served as a County Commissioner for Westmoreland County since 2007. She was a member of the Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors from 2001 to 2007. Ward was also a former Southwest Pennsylvania Coordinator for former Governor Mark Schweiker in 2002 and served as the Southwest Pennsylvania Field Director for Bush-Cheney 2004. Ward also worked as an independent political consultant from 2005 to 2006.


Ward attended the Community College of Allegheny County, the University of Pittsburgh and Middle Tennessee State University.

Committee assignments


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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Community, Economic & Recreational Development, Chair
Aging & Youth
Banking & Insurance
Environmental Resources & Energy
Public Health & Welfare
Rules & Executive Nominations
Legislative Budget and Finance


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


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



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

Ward ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 39. Ward ran unchallenged in the April 24 primary and defeated Ronald Gazze in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKim Ward Incumbent 87% 92,984
     Independent Ronald Gazze 13% 13,946
Total Votes 106,930


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Ward was elected to District 39 of the Pennsylvania State Senate. Ward defeated Tony Bompiani (D) in the general election.[3]

Ward raised $1,413,904 for this campaign.[4]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 39
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png WARD, KIM (R) 60,740

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kim Ward is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Kim Ward raised a total of $1,820,739 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[5]

Kim Ward's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 39 Won $237,716
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 39 Not up for election $169,119
2008 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 39 Won $1,413,904
Grand Total Raised $1,820,739


Kim Ward won re-election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kim Ward raised a total of $237,716.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kim Ward's campaign in 2012
Pennsylvania Republican Party$20,965
Pennsylvania Bankers Association$5,500
Operating Engineers Local 66$5,400
Hillebrand, Michael A$5,150
Pennsylvania Future Fund$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$237,716
Source:Follow the Money


Ward raised $1,413,904 during the 2008 election cycle.

Her top contributors are listed below.[6]

Donor Amount
Senate Republican Campaign Committee of Pennsylvania $601,789
Pennsylvania Republican Party $519,327
Westmoreland GOP Leadership Committee $31,419
Citizens for Pat Browne $30,000
Pileggi Victory Committee $25,000
Friends of Senator Don White $25,000
Friends of Dominic Pileggi $15,000
Friends of Joe Scarnati $10,898
Rafferty for Senate $10,000
Pennsylvania Future Fund $10,000


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 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.


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.


Ward are her husband, Tom, have three children. They live in Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania.

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