Pennsylvania State Senate District 16

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 16
Current incumbentPat Browne Republican Party
Ethnicity6.8% Black, 16.7% Hispanic
Voting age75.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Pennsylvania's sixteenth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Pat Browne.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 288,264 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's sixteenth 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 took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in that election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Pat Browne was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Walter Felton Jr. was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Browne defeated Felton in the general election.[5][6][7]

The Pennsylvania State Senate was a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The Pennsylvania Senate had 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 16 in the Senate was identified by Ballotpedia and the Philadelphia City Paper as a battleground district that could determine control of the Pennsylvania State Senate. In District 16, incumbent Pat Browne (R) defeated Walter Felton Jr. (D) in the general election. Browne, a well known figure in the district, had come under criticism for pushing Gov. Tom Corbett's priorities through the Senate.[8]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 16 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Browne Incumbent 62.4% 36,745
     Democratic Walter Felton, Jr. 37.6% 22,146
Total Votes 58,891


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 Pat Browne (R) defeated Richard Orloski (D) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[9][10]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Browne Incumbent 61.5% 46,402
     Democratic Richard Orloski 38.5% 29,028
Total Votes 75,430

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 16 have raised a total of $2,518,528. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $251,853 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 16
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $389,372 1 $389,372
2010 $480,134 2 $240,067
2008 $413,375 1 $413,375
2006 $639,212 2 $319,606
2004 $7,077 1 $7,077
2002 $555,130 2 $277,565
2000 $34,228 1 $34,228
Total $2,518,528 10 $251,853

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