Pennsylvania State Senate District 15

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 15
Current incumbentRob Teplitz Democratic Party
Ethnicity17.7% Black, 5.8% Hispanic
Voting age76.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Pennsylvania's fifteenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Rob Teplitz.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 266,253 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's fifteenth 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, 2012

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania State Senate 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. Rob Teplitz (D) defeated John McNally (R) in the general election and defeated Alvin Taylor in the Democratic primary. McNally defeated William Seeds and Josh First in the Republican primary.[5][6]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRob Teplitz 51.5% 61,139
     Republican John McNally 48.5% 57,504
Total Votes 118,643
Pennsylvania State Senate, District 15 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRob Teplitz 50.9% 7,534
Alvin Taylor 49.1% 7,268
Total Votes 14,802
Pennsylvania State Senate, District 15 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn McNally 48.4% 11,216
William Seeds 25.5% 5,908
Josh First 26.1% 6,049
Total Votes 23,173

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 15 have raised a total of $5,342,206. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $356,147 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 15
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $1,821,463 5 $364,293
2010 $77,989 1 $77,989
2008 $1,620,591 3 $540,197
2006 $780,090 1 $780,090
2004 $457,531 2 $228,766
2002 $360,949 1 $360,949
2000 $223,593 2 $111,797
Total $5,342,206 15 $356,147
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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