Seth Grove

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Seth Grove
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Pennsylvania State House District 196
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolSpring Grove High School
Bachelor'sYork College, 2002
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Seth M. Grove is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 196. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

Grove earned his B.A. in Public Administration from York College in 2002. He then attended Graduate Work in Political Management at George Washington University. His professional experience includes working as a legislative assistant for both State Representative Todd Platts and State Representative Stan Saylor and as Chief of Staff for State Representative Keith Gillespie.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Grove served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Education
Finance
Labor & Industry
Rules

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Grove served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Grove served on these committees:

Issues

Property tax

In 2014, Grove supported legislation to give schools districts the power to phase out or reduce property taxes through an elimination tax that included a combination of an earned income tax, business privilege tax and mercantile tax. “Unfortunately, individuals who say elimination or nothing have walked away with nothing for over a decade,” Grove said in an interview. “So it’s time we move forward with solutions that can work, are achievable and have proven to work.”[2]

Furlough policy

In November 2013, Grove introduced one of three bills seeking to relax teacher furlough policies in light of budget deficits and economic necessity. Grove introduced the bill also in response to a New Jersey law that required furloughs based on seniority, which caused a New Jersey Teacher of the Year to be furloughed based on age. "I looked at the Pennsylvania law and saw that it could just as easily happen here," Grove said. Grove's bill would tie furloughs to teacher performance rather than seniority. The bill would also use data from the new educator evaluation criteria to simplify furlough decisions. "It takes away the argument that it's arbitrary," Grove said.[3]

Campaign themes

2012

Grove's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Creating the environment for businesses to thrive and create jobs in Pennsylvania

  • Excerpt: "Businesses of all sizes are struggle in a weak economy. It is imperative all governmental entities reduce the regulatory, tax, and judicial burdens which are stifling economy growth and are inhibiting businesses from creating jobs and lowering the unemployment rate."

Local Tax Reform

  • Excerpt: "Property taxes are an archaic and ineffective means for tax collections. By giving local governments the ability to switch to more widely accepted tax structure based on an individual’s ability to pay rather than their perceived wealth, we will be able to finally move away from a property tax collection system all eliminate them once and for all. "

Protecting Taxpayers

  • Excerpt: "It is always easier to spend someone else’s money. I fully believe state tax dollars are OUR money and will continue to scrutinize every penny that is spent. Fraud, waste, and inefficiencies must be eliminated to ensure tax dollars are properly being spent on core governmental functions. "

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Seth Grove defeated Elizabeth Anne Roberts in the Republican primary. Grove is unchallenged in the general election.[5][6]

2012

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Grove ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 196. Grove defeated Dan Bradley in the Republican primary on April 24 and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 196, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSeth Grove Incumbent 100% 26,408
Total Votes 26,408
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 196 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSeth Grove Incumbent 83.1% 5,770
Dan Bradley 16.9% 1,173
Total Votes 6,943

2010

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Grove won re-election to District 196 in 2010. He defeated Dan Bradley in the primary election, receiving 5,265 votes while Bradley received 2,038. Grove defeated Democrat Curtis Kann and Libertarian William Kohler in the general election on November 2, 2010.[9]

Pennsylvania State House, District 196
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Seth Grove (R) 16,527 74.6%
Curtis Kann (D) 4,322 19.5%
William Kohler (L) 1,312 5.9%

2008

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Grove won re-election to District 196 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He received 25,382 votes while running unopposed.[10]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 196
Candidates Votes Percent
Seth Grove (R) Green check mark transparent.png 25,382 100.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Seth Grove is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Seth Grove raised a total of $104,269 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[11]

Seth Grove's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 196 Won $47,554
2010 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 196 Won $39,888
2008 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 196 Won $16,827
Grand Total Raised $104,269

2012

Seth Grove won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Seth Grove raised a total of $47,554.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Seth Grove's campaign in 2012
Friends of Mike Turzai$5,000
Fighting Chance Pennsylvania$5,000
Hess, Ralph W$2,500
Students First$1,550
Pennsylvania Builders Association$1,525
Total Raised in 2012$47,554
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Grove received $39,888 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[12]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Seth Grove's campaign in 2010
Grove, Seth M$5,767
Pennsylvania Builders Association$1,260
Exelon$1,150
Pennsylvania Associated Builders & Contractors$1,000
Wagner, Scott R$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $39,888

Personal

Grove and his wife, Kacey, have two children.

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