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Steve Santarsiero

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Steve Santarsiero
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Current candidacy
Running for Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District
General electionNovember 8, 2016
Current office
Pennsylvania State House District 31
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
November 31, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTufts University
Master'sHoly Family University
J.D.University of Pennsylvania Law School
Personal
ProfessionTeacher/Attorney
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Steve J. Santarsiero is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Santarsiero is a 2016 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.[1]

Santarsiero has served as a board member/chair on the Lower Makefield Board of Supervisors since 2003.

Biography

Santarsiero earned his B.A. from Tufts University, his M.Ed. from Holy Family University and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His professional experience includes working as an attorney and as a social studies teacher for Bensalem High School.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2015
Children & Youth
Education
Environmental Resources & Energy
Transportation

2013-2014

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Steve Santarsiero served on the following committees:

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Santarsiero's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction

  • Excerpt: "Steve supports, among many changes to the law (Act 13-HB 1950), the continuation of the moratorium on drilling in the Delaware River watershed and a comprehensive study on the short- and long-term effects of fracking."

Creating Jobs at Home and throughout Pennsylvania

  • Excerpt: "Finally, as the economy begins to improve and revenues to the state pick up, we need to continue previous efforts to lower the corporate net income tax rate to help make Pennsylvania more competitive with other states. At the same time, we should phase out the corporate stock and franchise tax for the same reason."

Protecting Public Education

  • Excerpt: "Steve has fought to protect funding for public education. In his first term, he voted for two budgets that increased funding for basic and higher education while at the same reduced overall spending. As a result, education funding increased without the need for an increase in either the state income or sales taxes."

Fighting For the Rights of All Pennsylvanians

  • Excerpt: "Toward that end, he has co-sponsored HB 300, which would protect Pennsylvanians from discrimination based on their sexual orientation. He also has stood up for the reproductive rights of women, voting against attempts to shut down women’s health organizations and fighting against the Corbett Administration’s proposed invasive ultrasound bill."

A Real Reform Agenda

  • Excerpt: "We also need to make structural reforms in the legislature. Steve supports term limits for the House and Senate (something between 12 and 16 years would make sense). Steve also supports cutting the size of the legislature and has voted for the Speaker's bill which would do just that. Doing so will reduce costs and make the legislature more efficient."

Elections

2016

See also: Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District election, 2016

Santarsiero is running in the 2016 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 8th District. He is running for incumbent Michael G. Fitzpatrick's seat. Fitzpatrick is not seeking re-election because of self-imposed term limits.[1] The general election will take place November 8, 2016.

After announcing his candidacy, Santarsiero said, “It’s time we make Washington accountable to our citizens. I will make it a priority to focus on keeping the middle class families of the 8th District secure while helping to grow our economy, create jobs and bring real reform to Washington.”[1]

2014

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives 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 this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Steve Santarsiero was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while David Gibbon was unopposed in the Republican primary. Santarsiero defeated Gibbon in the general election.[3][4][5]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 31 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Santarsiero Incumbent 58% 13,323
     Republican David Gibbon 42% 9,639
Total Votes 22,962

2012

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Santarsiero ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 31. Santarsiero ran unchallenged in the Democratic primary on April 24 and defeated Anne Chapman in the general election, which took place November 6, 2012. [6][7]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Santarsiero Incumbent 57.7% 20,640
     Republican Anne Chapman 42.3% 15,105
Total Votes 35,745

2010

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Santarsiero won re-election to District 31 in 2010. He had no primary opposition and defeated Republican Robert Ciervo in the general election, which took place November 2, 2010.[8]

Pennsylvania State House, District 31
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Santarsiero (D) 13,482 50.3%
Robert Ciervo (R) 13,320 49.7%

2008

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Santarsiero won re-election to District 31 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He received 18,952 votes, defeating Republican Pete Stainthorpe (16,873).[9]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 31
Candidates Votes Percent
Steve Santarsiero (D) Green check mark transparent.png 18,952 52.9%
Pete Stainthorpe (R) 16,873 47.1%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Steve Santarsiero is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Steve Santarsiero raised a total of $1,390,894 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 11, 2013.[10]

Steve Santarsiero's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 31 Won $427,110
2010 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 31 Won $532,635
2008 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 31 Won $431,149
Grand Total Raised $1,390,894

2012

Steve Santarsiero won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Steve Santarsiero raised a total of $427,110.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Santarsiero's campaign in 2012
Pennsylvania Association for Justice$44,000
District 31 Democratic Cmte$30,001
Pennsylvania Democratic Party$29,850
Pennsylvania State Education Association$25,500
America Votes Pennsylvania$25,000
Total Raised in 2012$427,110
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Santarsiero raised $502,335 during the 2010 election cycle. His top contributors are listed below.[11]

Donor Amount
House Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Pennsylvania $155,261
Pennsylvania Democratic Party $49,950
Bucks County Democratic Cmte $22,050
Pennsylvania Association For Justice $21,000
Pennsylvania Education Association $19,000

Scorecards

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2013-2014

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.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their support for legislation related to LGBT equality.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 4 through November 30. In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly began its legislative session on January 3.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators were scored based on floor votes that highlighted environmental issues.

Personal

Santarsiero and his wife, Ronni, have three children.

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