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Pennsylvania State Senate District 17

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 17
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Current incumbentDaylin Leach Democratic Party
Population248,670
Ethnicity9.2% Black, 5.8% Hispanic[1]
Voting age78.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Pennsylvania's seventeenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Daylin Leach.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 248,670 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's seventeenth state senate district.[2] 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.

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 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.

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.[3]

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.[4]

Vacancies

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.[5]

Elections

2012

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. Incumbent Daylin Leach (D) defeated Charles Gehret (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[6][7]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaylin Leach Incumbent 63.2% 78,508
     Republican Charles Gehret 36.8% 45,707
Total Votes 124,215

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 17 have raised a total of $6,396,233. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $456,874 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 17
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $833,352 2 $416,676
2010 $137,815 1 $137,815
2008 $1,895,417 3 $631,806
2006 $57,359 1 $57,359
2004 $741,559 2 $370,780
2002 $1,292,429 3 $430,810
2000 $1,438,302 2 $719,151
Total $6,396,233 14 $456,874
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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