Pennsylvania state legislative districts

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There are a total of 253 seats in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Only 25 of the 50 seats of the Pennsylvania State Senate are up for election every two years. Each senator serves four-year terms. All 203 seats of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, are up for election every two years.

Chambers

Senate

The Pennsylvania State Senate is the upper house in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. It consists of 50 members who serve four-year terms without term limits. Each state senator represents an average of 254,048 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 245,621 residents.[2]

House

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is the lower house of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. There are 203 members elected to a two-year term, in November of the even numbered years. Each member represents an average of 62,573 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 60,498 residents.[4]

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Qualifications

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.

Vacancies

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]

Salaries

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.[6]

Pension

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.[7]

Districts

These are links to every district in the Pennsylvania State Senate.

Qualifications

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.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. The Speaker of the House is responsible for calling an election. There are no deadlines set in the state constitution on when a special election can be held.[8]

Salaries

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.[9]

Pension

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.[10]

Districts

These are links to every district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

See also

External links

References