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Pennsylvania State Senate District 26

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 26
Current incumbentThomas McGarrigle Republican Party
Ethnicity12.2% Black, 2.4% Hispanic[1]
Voting age76.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Pennsylvania's twenty-sixth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Thomas McGarrigle.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 251,041 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's twenty-sixth 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.


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.[3]


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]


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]



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. John Kane Sr. was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Thomas McGarrigle was unopposed in the Republican primary. McGarrigle defeated Kane in the general election.[6][7][8]

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 26 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. Democrats had their best chance picking up a seat in District 26, where the race was open and any Democrat carried a 3-point advantage to win. Thomas McGarrigle (R) defeated John Kane Sr. (D) in that race.[9]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 26 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas McGarrigle 52.1% 45,910
     Democratic John Kane, Sr. 47.9% 42,170
Total Votes 88,080


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 Ted Erickson (R) defeated Michael T. Farrell (D) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[10][11]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Erickson Incumbent 58.6% 54,408
     Democratic Michael T. Farrell 41.4% 38,413
Total Votes 92,821

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 26 have raised a total of $2,777,500. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $252,500 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 26
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $215,339 1 $215,339
2010 $679,507 2 $339,754
2008 $177,230 1 $177,230
2006 $715,609 3 $238,536
2004 $125,956 1 $125,956
2002 $658,534 2 $329,267
2000 $205,325 1 $205,325
Total $2,777,500 11 $252,500

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