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Scott Wagner
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Pennsylvania State Senate, District 28
In office
April 2, 2014-Present
Term ends
November 31, 2018
Years in position 1
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
High schoolDallastown Area High School
Place of birthYork Township, PA
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Campaign website
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Scott Wagner is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on March 18, 2014.

Wagner is the first write-in candidate to ever win election to the Pennsylvania State Senate.[1]


Wagner's professional experience includes owning Penn Waste, Inc. and KBS Trucking.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Wagner served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2015
Urban Affairs & Housing, Chair
Labor & Industry, Vice-Chair
Intergovernmental Operations
Law & Justice


At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Wagner served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Wagner's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Bring Fiscal Responsibility to State Government

  • Excerpt: "Promote the spending of taxpayer’s dollars in a fair and reasonable manner. Enhance and increase government efficiency. Harrisburg has a spending problem, not a revenue problem."

Restore Prosperity to Pennsylvania

  • Excerpt: "Spur economic growth at a greater rate than government growth. Balance private and public job growth in line with appropriate social service needs. Pennsylvania needs new private sector jobs created, not more government jobs."

Control Property Taxes

  • Excerpt: "It is unfair for Pennsylvanians to spend most of their adult life paying off their mortgages only to be burdened by excessive property taxes in retirement."

Reform Harrisburg’s Political System

  • Excerpt: "High salaries, lavish pensions, automatic pay raises and excessive per diems are just a few examples of why we have the most expensive legislature in the country."

Protect and Defend our Constitutional Freedoms

  • Excerpt: "Preserving our constitutional freedoms, including the 2nd Amendment and protecting life, will always be one of my guiding principles."



General election

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. Linda E. Small was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Scott Wagner defeated Zachary Alexander Rockford Hearn in the Republican primary. Ron Miller (R) withdrew from the race on March 26, 2014. Wagner defeated Small in the general election.[4][5][6][7]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 28 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Wagner Incumbent 64.7% 46,247
     Democratic Linda Small 35.3% 25,205
Total Votes 71,452
Pennsylvania State Senate, District 28 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Wagner Incumbent 84.9% 13,214
Zachary Alexander Rockford Hearn 15.1% 2,349
Total Votes 15,563

Special election

See also: Pennsylvania state legislative special elections, 2014

Write-in candidate Scott Wagner (R) defeated party-nominated candidates Linda E. Small (D) and Ron Miller (R) in the special election, which took place on March 18, 2014.[8][9][10]

The seat was vacant following Mike Waugh's (R) appointment as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show on January 12.

A special election for the position of Pennsylvania State Senate District 28 was called for March 18. Candidates were nominated by their party rather than chosen through a primary[11]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 28, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Wagner (Write-in) 47.7% 10,654
     Republican Ron Miller 26.6% 5,951
     Democratic Linda E. Small 25.7% 5,744
Total Votes 22,349

Wagner's victory marked the first major victory for the Tea Party in York County.[1] Prior to the election, Wagner said he planned on not accepting a taxpayer-funded pension or health insurance, setting a self-imposed limit of two terms, limiting contact with special interests and downsizing government. He also criticized the Pennsylvania Republican Party for "orchestrating the special election in such a way to hand the seat . . . to Miller."[12]


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In 2013, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 2 to December 31. In 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 7 through November 12.

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  • Legislators were scored on their support for legislation related to LGBT equality.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Waugh (R)
Pennsylvania State Senate District 28
April 2, 2014-Present
Succeeded by