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Pennsylvania State Senate District 31

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 31
Current incumbentPat Vance Republican Party
Ethnicity3.1% Black, 2.1% Hispanic[1]
Voting age79% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Pennsylvania's thirty-first state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Pat Vance.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 275,796 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's thirty-first 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, 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 Pat Vance (R) was unopposed in the general election and defeated Andrew Shaw in the Republican primary.[6][7]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Vance Incumbent 100% 123,096
Total Votes 123,096
Pennsylvania State Senate, District 31 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPat Vance Incumbent 56.9% 18,882
Andrew Shaw 43.1% 14,291
Total Votes 33,173

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 31 have raised a total of $1,303,431. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $108,619 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 31
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $261,938 2 $130,969
2010 $86,334 1 $86,334
2008 $210,581 2 $105,291
2006 $134,320 1 $134,320
2004 $339,270 3 $113,090
2002 $90,764 1 $90,764
2000 $180,224 2 $90,112
Total $1,303,431 12 $108,619
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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