Pennsylvania State Senate District 36

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 36
Current incumbentMichael Brubaker Republican Party
Ethnicity1.9% Black, 3.4% Hispanic
Voting age74.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Pennsylvania's thirty-sixth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Michael Brubaker.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 275,192 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's thirty-sixth 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 will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Gary Schreckengost was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Ryan Aument defeated Gordon Denlinger in the Republican primary. Schreckengost and Aument will face off in the general election.[5][6]


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 Michael Brubaker (R) was unopposed in both the general election and Republican primary.[7][8]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 36 have raised a total of $1,484,658. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $148,466 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 36
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $210,179 1 $210,179
2010 $223,784 1 $223,784
2008 $84,898 1 $84,898
2006 $787,680 3 $262,560
2004 $102,967 1 $102,967
2002 $74,027 2 $37,014
2000 $1,123 1 $1,123
Total $1,484,658 10 $148,466

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