Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 156

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Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 156
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Current incumbentDan Truitt Republican Party
Population64,294
Ethnicity6.4% Black, 5.2% Hispanic
Voting age81.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Pennsylvania's one hundred and fifty-sixth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Dan Truitt.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 64,294 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's one hundred and fifty-sixth state house district.[1] Pennsylvania state representatives represent an average of 62,573 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 60,498 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Pennsylvania legislators assume office in January.

Qualifications

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.

Salaries

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.[2]

Pension

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.[3]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

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.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

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. Incumbent Dan Truitt was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Sandra Snyder was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Truitt and Snyder will face off in the general election.[5][6]

2012

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

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. Incumbent Dan Truitt (R) defeated Bret Binder (D) in the general election and was unopposed in the Republican primary. Binder defeated Cassandra Jones in the Democratic primary.[7][8]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 156, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Truitt Incumbent 51.3% 17,080
     Democratic Bret Binder 48.7% 16,193
Total Votes 33,273
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 156 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBret Binder 52.8% 1,252
Cassandra Jones 47.2% 1,117
Total Votes 2,369

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 156 have raised a total of $2,795,284. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $155,294 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 156
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $637,203 3 $212,401
2010 $239,115 4 $59,779
2008 $727,222 2 $363,611
2006 $671,568 2 $335,784
2004 $275,448 2 $137,724
2002 $112,023 2 $56,012
2000 $132,705 3 $44,235
Total $2,795,284 18 $155,294
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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