Pennsylvania State Senate District 4

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 4
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Current incumbentArt Haywood Democratic Party
Population237,779
Ethnicity55% Black, 2.5% Hispanic[1]
Voting age78.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Pennsylvania's fourth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Art Haywood.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 237,779 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's fourth 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. Art Haywood defeated incumbent LeAnna Washington and Brian Gralnick in the Democratic primary, while Robin Gilchrist was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ines Reyes ran as an Independent candidate. Haywood defeated Gilchrist and Reyes in the general election.[6][7][8]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngArt Haywood 81.4% 78,001
     Republican Robin Gilchrist 17.2% 16,498
     Independent Ines Reyes 1.4% 1,355
Total Votes 95,854
Pennsylvania State Senate, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngArt Haywood 39.8% 16,113
LeAnna Washington Incumbent 33.8% 13,708
Brian Gralnick 26.4% 10,711
Total Votes 40,532

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. Incumbent LeAnna Washington (D) was unopposed in the general election and defeated W. Lamont Thomas in the Democratic primary.[9][10]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 4 have raised a total of $787,973. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $87,553 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 4
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $52,325 1 $52,325
2010 $159,413 1 $159,413
2008 $111,085 1 $111,085
2006 $148,872 2 $74,436
2004 $37,127 1 $37,127
2002 $250,214 2 $125,107
2000 $28,937 1 $28,937
Total $787,973 9 $87,553

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