Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 115
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 115|
|Current incumbent||Frank Farina|
|Ethnicity||3.4% Black, 2.8% Hispanic|
|Voting age||80.9% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 63,002 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's one hundred and fifteenth state house district. Pennsylvania state representatives represent an average of 62,573 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 60,498 residents.
About the chamber
Under Article II of the Pennsylvania Constitution, senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age and representatives twenty-one years of age. They shall have been citizens and inhabitants of their respective districts one year before their election (unless absent on the public business of the United States or of this State) and shall reside in their respective districts during their terms of service.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2013, members of the Pennsylvania Legislature are paid $82,026/year during legislative sessions. Legislators receive $159/day (vouchered) tied to the federal rate, which they can receive actual expenses or per diem.
Legislators in Pennsylvania are able to retire at age 50, while other state workers cannot retire until they turn 60. In 2011, the average legislative pension was $35,221 annually, while the average state employee pension was $23,491. According to former legislator David Mayernik, who began collecting a pension of $29,583 a year when he retired at age 50, the lowered retirement age was intended as compensation for small legislative salaries as well as the uncertainty of serving in office.
If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. The Speaker of the House is responsible for calling an election. There are no deadlines set in the state constitution on when a special election can be held.
Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives 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. Maureen Madden was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while David C. Parker defeated Anthony Diecidue, Jacquelyn Leonard and Pete Begley in the Republican primary. Lamar R. Thomas, Sr. (I) was removed from the ballot before the general election. Madden and Parker will face off in the general election.
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 115 Republican Primary, 2014|
|David C. Parker||53.7%||1,055|
Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on April 24, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 16, 2012. Frank Farina (D) defeated Theresa Kane (R) in the general election and defeated Randy Castellani in the Democratic primary. Kane was unopposed in the Republican primary.
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 115, General Election, 2012|
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 115 Democratic Primary, 2012|
Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 115 have raised a total of $658,067. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $65,807 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 115|
|* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.|
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