Pennsylvania State Senate District 6

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 6
Current incumbentTommy Tomlinson Republican Party
Ethnicity5.2% Black, 4.5% Hispanic
Voting age77.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Pennsylvania's sixth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Tommy Tomlinson.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 253,674 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's sixth 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 Robert Tomlinson was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Kimberly Yeager-Rose was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Tomlinson defeated Yeager-Rose in the general election.[5][6][7]

The Pennsylvania State Senate is a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia has identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The Pennsylvania Senate has 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 6 in the Senate has been identified by Ballotpedia and the Philadelphia City Paper as a battleground district that could determine control of the Pennsylvania State Senate. In District 6, Incumbent Robert Tomlinson (R) faced off against Kimberly Yeager-Rose (D) in the general election. Redrawn in 2010, District 6 now favors a generic Democrat by 4 points.[8]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Tomlinson Incumbent 61.8% 45,361
     Democratic Kimberly Yeager-Rose 38.2% 27,997
Total Votes 73,358


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 Tommy Tomlinson (R) defeated Bryan Allen (D) in the general election and was unopposed in the Republican primary. Allen defeated John Jordan in the Democratic primary.[9][10]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTommy Tomlinson Incumbent 58.2% 49,958
     Democratic Bryan Allen 41.8% 35,879
Total Votes 85,837

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 6 have raised a total of $4,317,274. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $392,479 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 6
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $350,899 1 $350,899
2010 $603,343 3 $201,114
2008 $273,322 1 $273,322
2006 $547,743 2 $273,872
2004 $366,589 1 $366,589
2002 $2,119,433 2 $1,059,717
2000 $55,945 1 $55,945
Total $4,317,274 11 $392,479
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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