Pennsylvania State Senate District 22

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 22
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Current incumbentJohn Blake Democratic Party
Population255,871
Ethnicity4.5% Black, 5% Hispanic[1]
Voting age78.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Pennsylvania's twenty-second state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator John Blake.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 255,871 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's twenty-second 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

2014

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 John Blake was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Joe Albert was unopposed in the Republican primary. Blake defeated Albert in the general election.[6][7][8]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 22 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Blake Incumbent 68.3% 45,716
     Republican Joe Albert 31.7% 21,213
Total Votes 66,929

2010

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. John Blake (D) defeated Frank Scavo (R) in the general election and defeated five others in the Democratic primary. Scavo was unopposed in the Republican primary.[9][10]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 22, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Blake 62.6% 49,299
     Republican Frank Scavo 37.4% 29,432
Total Votes 78,731

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 22 have raised a total of $5,782,570. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $413,041 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 22
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $264,915 1 $264,915
2010 $2,685,314 7 $383,616
2008 $711,276 1 $711,276
2006 $702,720 1 $702,720
2004 $641,273 1 $641,273
2002 $575,091 2 $287,546
2000 $201,981 1 $201,981
Total $5,782,570 14 $413,041

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