Pennsylvania State Senate District 12

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 12
Current incumbentStewart Greenleaf Republican Party
Ethnicity4.2% Black, 2.9% Hispanic
Voting age77.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Pennsylvania's twelfth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Stewart Greenleaf.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 263,696 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's twelfth state senate district.[1] Pennsylvania state senators represent an average of 254,048 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 245,621 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Pennsylvania State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Pennsylvania legislators assume office in January.


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 next 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.[2]


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]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. The Senate President must call for a special election. There are no deadlines set in the state constitution on when a special election can be held.[4]



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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Stewart Greenleaf was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Ruth S. Damsker was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Greenleaf and Damsker will face off in the general election.[5][6]

The Pennsylvania State Senate is a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia has identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The Pennsylvania Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounts to 16 percent of the seats up for election in 2014. District 12 in the Senate has been identified by Ballotpedia and the Philadelphia City Paper as a battleground district that could determine control of the Pennsylvania State Senate. Incumbent Stewart Greenleaf (R) and Ruth S. Damsker (D) will face off in the general election. The district favors a generic Republican by 1 point.[7]


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 18, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 9, 2010. Incumbent Stewart Greenleaf (R) defeated Ruth S. Damsker (D) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[8][9]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStewart Greenleaf Incumbent 64% 62,748
     Democratic Ruth S. Damsker 36% 35,266
Total Votes 98,014

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 12 have raised a total of $1,742,100. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $174,210 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 12
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $25,627 1 $25,627
2010 $500,212 2 $250,106
2008 $174,031 1 $174,031
2006 $424,925 3 $141,642
2004 $248,656 1 $248,656
2002 $368,649 2 $184,325
Total $1,742,100 10 $174,210
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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