|Pennsylvania State House District 196|
|2009 - Present|
|December 1, 2014|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Spring Grove High School|
|Bachelor's||York College, 2002|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Grove served on the following committees:
|Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Labor & Industry|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Grove served on these committees:
|Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Labor Relations|
|• State Government|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Grove served on these committees:
|Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Aging & Older Adult Services|
|• Consumer Affairs|
|• Health & Human Services|
|• Intergovernmental Affairs|
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.”
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.
Grove's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
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. "
- 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 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 be held 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.
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 196 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Seth Grove Incumbent||61.8%||2,426|
|Elizabeth Anne Roberts||38.2%||1,498|
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.
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 196, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Seth Grove Incumbent||100%||26,408|
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 196 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Seth Grove Incumbent||83.1%||5,770|
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.
|Pennsylvania State House, District 196|
|Seth Grove (R)||16,527||74.6%|
|Curtis Kann (D)||4,322||19.5%|
|William Kohler (L)||1,312||5.9%|
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 196|
|Seth Grove (R)||25,382||100.0%|
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.
|Seth Grove's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 196||$47,554|
|2010||Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 196||$39,888|
|2008||Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 196||$16,827|
|Grand Total Raised||$104,269|
2012Seth 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|
|Pennsylvania Builders Association||$1,525|
|Total Raised in 2012||$47,554|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Grove received $39,888 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|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|
|Pennsylvania Associated Builders & Contractors||$1,000|
|Wagner, Scott R||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$39,888|
Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.
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- The American Conservative Union: 2013 Legislative scorecard
- Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
- Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators were scored on their support for legislation related to LGBT equality.
- The American Conservative Union: 2012 Legislative scorecard
- Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
- Pennsylvania National Federation of Independent Business: 2011-2012 Voting Record
- Legislators were scored on their votes on key small business issues.
- Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania: Marcellus Shale Scorecard 2011-12
- Legislators were scored based on floor votes that highlighted environmental issues.
Grove and his wife, Kacey, have two children.
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- Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- House Committees
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- Pennsylvania state legislative districts
- Official campaign website
- Rep. Grove's personal website
- Profile from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Seth Grove on Facebook
- Seth Grove's campaign on Facebook
- Seth Grove on Twitter
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008
- electsethgrove.com/, "Seth's Bio," accessed May 12, 2014
- WatchDog.org, "PA lawmakers dueling over alternatives to property taxes," accessed April 10, 2014
- WatchDog.org, "PA lawmakers push to amend tight teacher furlough policies," accessed December 24, 2013
- electsethgrove.com, "Issues," accessed May 12, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official primary results for May 20, 2014," accessed July 9, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2014 Official Candidate Listing," accessed March 21, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed April 15, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 Primary Candidate List," April 15, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 2, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official 2008 General Election Results," accessed April 15, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Grove, Seth," accessed September 19, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 donations," accessed May 2, 2014
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