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Pennsylvania State Senate District 40

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 40
Current incumbentMario Scavello Republican Party
Ethnicity1.2% Black, 0.9% Hispanic[1]
Voting age76.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Pennsylvania's fortieth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Mario Scavello.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 256,162 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's fortieth 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. Mario Scavello was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Mark Aurand defeated Joseph Capozzolo and Leonard Scott Parsons in the Democratic primary. Scavello defeated Aurand in the general election.[6][7]

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 40 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. Republican Mario Scavello won the district and defeated Mark Aurand (D) in the general election. The district favored Democrats by 1 point.[8]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 40 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMario Scavello 59.9% 38,417
     Democratic Mark Aurand 40.1% 25,739
Total Votes 64,156
Pennsylvania State Senate, District 40 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Aurand 41% 4,157
Leonard Scott Parsons 36.4% 3,688
Joseph Capozzolo 22.6% 2,289
Total Votes 10,134


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 Jane Orie (R) defeated Dan DeMarco (D) in the general election and was unopposed in the Republican primary. DeMarco did not qualify for the primary ballot, but received enough write-in votes to qualify for the general election.[9][10]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 40, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJane Orie Incumbent 58% 58,825
     Democratic Dan DeMarco 42% 42,643
Total Votes 101,468

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 40 have raised a total of $2,760,751. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $250,977 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 40
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $49,386 3 $16,462
2010 $559,520 2 $279,760
2008 $476,041 1 $476,041
2006 $424,162 1 $424,162
2004 $157,168 1 $157,168
2002 $1,093,210 2 $546,605
2000 $1,264 1 $1,264
Total $2,760,751 11 $250,977
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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