Pennsylvania State Senate District 37
|Pennsylvania State Senate District 37|
|Current incumbent||Matthew Smith|
|Ethnicity||2.4% Black, 1.1% Hispanic|
|Voting age||77.3% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 252,115 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's thirty-seventh state senate district. Pennsylvania state senators represent an average of 254,048 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 245,621 residents.
About the chamber
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.
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.
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.
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. Matthew Smith (D) defeated D. Raja (R) in the general election and was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Raja defeated Mark Mustio and Sue Means in the Republican primary.
|Pennsylvania State Senate, District 37, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Matthew Smith Incumbent||52.6%||70,883|
|Pennsylvania State Senate, District 37 Republican Primary, 2012|
Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 37 have raised a total of $4,633,450. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $386,121 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 37|
|* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.|
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- For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
- publicmapping.org, "Pennsylvania 2010 Census Selected Statistics," accessed November 4, 2013
- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
- USA Today, "State lawmakers pump up pensions in ways you can't," September 23, 2011
- State of Pennsylvania, "Pennsylvania Constitution," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Section, Article II, Section 2)
- "Pennsylvania Secretary of State - Official General Election Results," accessed November 4, 2013
- "Pennsylvania Secretary of State - Official Primary Election Results," accessed November 4, 2013