Edwin Erickson

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Edwin Erickson
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Pennsylvania State Senate District 26
Incumbent
In office
2001-Present
Term ends
November 30, 2014
Years in position 13
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$82,026/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedMarch 20, 2001
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sAlbright College, 1960
Ph.D.Bryn Mawr College, 1969
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Edwin "Ted" B. Erickson is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber after winning a special election on March 20, 2001.

Erickson is not running for re-election to the Senate in 2014.[1]

Biography

Erickson earned his B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from Albright College in 1960 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Microbiology from Bryn Mawr College in 1969.[2]

His professional experience includes serving as Executive Director of Delaware County from 1992 to 2001, serving as a Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency from 1989 to 1992, serving as the Chief Administrative Officer of Upper Darby Township from 1976 to 1982, as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Hamilton College from 1969 to 1973, as a Biology Professor at Drexel University and East Stroudsburg State College and the Director of Public Health for the Upper Darby Township.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Local Government, Chair
Banking & Insurance, Vice Chair
Communications & Technology
Finance
Judiciary
Transportation
Local Government Commission

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

Erickson's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[4]

  • Healthcare Excerpt: "Senator Erickson has worked with both Republicans and Democrats to pass HealthNET PA, which is a comprehensive and affordable plan. One of the cornerstones of HealthNET PA is Senate Bill 5, a Community Based Healthcare Program that was sponsored by Senator Erickson. This program would expand and develop health care clinics across Pennsylvania to provide “medical homes” for 175,000 working-poor clients and ease pressure on hospital emergency rooms."
  • Taxes Excerpt: "By working with the State Senate to pass a responsible and cost effective State Budget he hopes to ease the burden of property taxes and establish a fair and reasonable state tax system."
  • Environment & Energy Excerpt: "Senator Erickson has sponsored important legislation that will help protect our drinking water, improve air quality and protect our precious natural resources. He has also been at the forefront of supporting alternative energy in Pennsylvania."
  • Keeping Communities Safe Excerpt: "Ted has worked to create more funding for police and firefighters. He has supported numerous pieces of legislation including Act 10 of 2007 which would reauthorize a popular $25 million fire/EMS grant program for five years.

Senator Erickson knows that we must continue to fund and support our state and local police departments, fire departments and other emergency responders while strengthening laws against repeat offenders."

  • Education Excerpt: "Senator Erickson and fellow Republicans have supported public education with unprecedented levels of funding, while insisting that funds be spent only on programs that work. While in the Senate, Senator Erickson has worked to make tuition savings accounts tax exempt, worked to stop school violence, supported home-schooled students, all while providing cost efficient education for students that minimizes the burden on taxpayers."

Elections

2010

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Erickson won re-election to Pennsylvania State Senate District 26. He was unopposed in the May 18 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Michael T. Farrell in the November 2 general election.[5]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 26
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Edwin Erickson (R) 54,408
Michael T. Farrell (D) 38,413

2006

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Erickson was re-elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 26. Erickson defeated Michael T. Farrell (D) in the general election.[6]

Erickson raised $343,769 for this campaign.[7]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 26
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png ERICKSON, EDWIN B. (R) 50,986
FARRELL, MICHAEL T. (D) 46,641

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Edwin Erickson is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Edwin Erickson raised a total of $2,149,750 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[8]

Edwin Erickson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 26 Not up for election $215,339
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 26 Won $642,656
2008 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 26 Not up for election $177,230
2006 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 26 Won $343,769
2004 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 26 Not up for election $125,956
2002 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 26 Won $644,800
Grand Total Raised $2,149,750

2012

Edwin Erickson was not up for election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Edwin Erickson raised a total of $215,339.

2010

Erickson raised $617,047 during the 2010 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[9]

Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Republican Party $118,794
Pileggi Victory Cmte $100,000
Friends of Dominic Pileggi $57,650
Pennsylvania Association for Justice $22,000
Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters & Joiners $13,500

2006

Erickson raised $343,769 during the 2006 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[10]

Donor Amount
Pileggi Victory Committee $29,935
University City Housing Associates $20,000
Upper Darby Republican Campaign Committee $13,000
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association $11,500
Pennsylvania State Education Association $8,250
Committee for a Better Tomorrow $7,500
Senate Republican Campaign Committee of Pennsylvania $5,567
Electrical Workers Local 98 $4,500
Pilots Association for Bay and River Delaware $4,200
Pennsylvania Association of Realtors $3,700

Personal

Erickson is married to his wife, Katherine. They have one child and reside in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

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