Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 170

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Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 170
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Current incumbentBrendan Boyle Democratic Party
Population60,573
Ethnicity7% Black, 5% Hispanic
Voting age80.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Pennsylvania's one hundred and seventieth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Brendan Boyle.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 60,573 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's one hundred and seventieth 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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Brendan Boyle was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Boyle is unchallenged 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 Brendan Boyle (D) was unopposed in both the general election and Democratic primary.[7][8]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 170 have raised a total of $2,914,281. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $208,163 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 170
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $236,335 2 $118,168
2010 $186,497 2 $93,249
2008 $697,947 2 $348,974
2006 $639,359 2 $319,680
2004 $620,255 2 $310,128
2002 $284,936 2 $142,468
2000 $248,952 2 $124,476
Total $2,914,281 14 $208,163

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