Pennsylvania State Senate District 44
|Pennsylvania State Senate District 44|
|Current incumbent||John Rafferty|
|Ethnicity||9.5% Black, 3.5% Hispanic|
|Voting age||75.5% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 6, 2018|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 288,673 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's forty-fourth 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 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.
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.
|Pennsylvania State Senate, District 44, General Election, 2010|
|Republican||John Rafferty Incumbent||62.3%||56,388|
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|
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- USA Today, "State lawmakers pump up pensions in ways you can't," September 23, 2011
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