Pennsylvania State Senate District 44

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 44
Current incumbentJohn Rafferty Republican Party
Ethnicity9.5% Black, 3.5% Hispanic
Voting age75.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Pennsylvania's forty-fourth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator John Rafferty.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 288,673 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's forty-fourth 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 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. Incumbent John Rafferty was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Kathleen Cozzone was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Rafferty defeated Cozzone 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 John Rafferty (R) defeated Matt Stehman (D) in the general election and was unopposed in the Republican primary. Stehman did not qualify for the primary ballot, but received enough write-in votes to qualify for the general election.[7][8]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 44, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Rafferty Incumbent 62.3% 56,388
     Democratic Matt Stehman 37.7% 34,180
Total Votes 90,568

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 44 have raised a total of $1,990,351. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $180,941 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 44
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $214,020 1 $214,020
2010 $343,725 2 $171,863
2008 $217,273 1 $217,273
2006 $387,526 2 $193,763
2004 $178,490 1 $178,490
2002 $614,769 3 $204,923
2000 $34,548 1 $34,548
Total $1,990,351 11 $180,941

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