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Pennsylvania State Senate District 8

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 8
Current incumbentAnthony Williams Democratic Party
Ethnicity60% Black, 2.6% Hispanic[1]
Voting age75.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Pennsylvania's eighth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Anthony Williams.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 243,506 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's eighth 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. Incumbent Anthony Williams was set to face Christopher Broach in the Democratic primary, but Broach withdrew from the race on March 25, 2014, leaving Williams unopposed. Williams was unchallenged in the general election.[6][7][8]


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 Anthony Williams (D) defeated Rhashea Harmon (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[9][10]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony Williams (Pennsylvania) Incumbent 85.9% 62,920
     Republican Rhashea Harmon 14.1% 10,326
Total Votes 73,246

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 8 have raised a total of $2,026,613. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $225,179 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 8
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $321,055 1 $321,055
2010 $581,608 2 $290,804
2008 $173,183 1 $173,183
2006 $328,815 1 $328,815
2004 $166,358 1 $166,358
2002 $321,414 2 $160,707
2000 $134,180 1 $134,180
Total $2,026,613 9 $225,179
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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