Pennsylvania State Senate District 5

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 5
Current incumbentVacant
Ethnicity12% Black, 7.8% Hispanic[1]
Voting age78.8% age 18 and over
Next electionMay 19, 2015
Pennsylvania's fifth state senate district is currently vacant.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 255,921 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's fifth 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 legislative special elections, 2015

John Sabatina, Jr. (D) will face Tim Dailey (R) in the special election on May 19.[6]

The seat is vacant following Mike Stack's (D) resignation after he was sworn in as Pennsylvania's new lieutenant governor.[7]

A special election for the position of Pennsylvania State Senate District 5 has been called for May 19. Candidates were nominated by parties rather than chosen in primaries.[6]


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

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. Incumbent Mike Stack (D) defeated Michael Tomlinson (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[8][9]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Stack Incumbent 71.6% 65,587
     Republican Michael Tomlinson 28.4% 25,954
Total Votes 91,541

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 5 have raised a total of $3,753,506. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $341,228 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 5
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $302,491 2 $151,246
2010 $607,211 1 $607,211
2008 $469,619 2 $234,810
2006 $205,707 1 $205,707
2004 $756,538 2 $378,269
2002 $232,830 1 $232,830
2000 $1,179,110 2 $589,555
Total $3,753,506 11 $341,228
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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