Adam Ravenstahl

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Adam Ravenstahl
Pennsylvania State House District 20
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedMay 18, 2010
Term limitsN/A
High schoolNorth Catholic High School, 2003
Bachelor'sRobert Morris University, 2007
Office website
Personal website
Adam Ravenstahl campaign logo
Adam Ravenstahl is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber after he won a special election on May 18, 2010.[1]


Ravenstahl earned his B.A. in Business Management from Robert Morris University in 2007.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Aging & Older Adult Services
Liquor Control
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ravenstahl served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "Will continue to speak out about cuts made by the Governor to our school districts’ basic education subsidy."
  • Excerpt: "Will fight to restore cuts to higher education."
  • Excerpt: "Member of the Early Childhood Education Caucus."

Reforming Harrisburg

  • Excerpt: "Co-sponsor of legislation that will reduce the size of the legislature."
  • Excerpt: "Co-sponsor of legislation that will reform campaign finance laws."


  • Excerpt: "Will continue to fight for the working families of the 20th District.
  • Excerpt: "Voted against job killing measures that have been proposed by our Governor."
  • Excerpt: "Working to close the Delaware loophole that makes it harder for our small businesses to compete with big corporations that avoid paying Pennsylvania taxes."
  • Excerpt: "Co-Sponsor of legislation to raise the minimum wage."
  • Excerpt: "Co-Sponsor of Equal Pay legislation for the women of our Commonwealth."


  • Excerpt: "Co-Sponsor of legislation to intervene in the UPMC/Highmark dispute and give all Pittsburgh area residents access to quality care."
  • Excerpt: "Supports the expansion of Medicaid provided by federal government funding and rejected by Governor Corbett."

Property Tax Reform

  • Excerpt: "Voted in favor of legislation that would allow local school districts to eliminate school property taxes."
  • Excerpt: "Voted against 2011-2012 state budget that made drastic cuts to education funding and further burdened homeowners in the 20th District."



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 Adam Ravenstahl defeated Thomas Michalow in the Democratic primary, while Thomas Anthony Fodi was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ravenstahl defeated Fodi in the general election.[4][5]


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ravenstahl ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 20. Ravenstahl defeated David Schuilenburg and Mark Purcell in the Democratic primary on April 24 and defeated James Barr in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Ravenstahl Incumbent 81.7% 19,909
     Constitution James Barr 18.3% 4,453
Total Votes 24,362
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 20 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Matzie Incumbent 56.2% 3,332
David Schuilenburg 7.9% 468
Mark Purcell 35.9% 2,124
Total Votes 5,924


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ravenstahl won re-election to District 20 in 2010. He defeated Mark Purcell, Dan Keller, and Tim Tuinstra in the May 18 Democratic primary and Republican Alex Dubart and independent Kenneth Vybiral in the general election on November 2, 2010.[8]

Pennsylvania State House, District 20
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Adam Ravenstahl (D) 10,639 59.3%
Alex Dubart (R) 6,384 35.6%
Kenneth Vybiral (I) 929 5.2%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Adam Ravenstahl is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Adam Ravenstahl raised a total of $96,334 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 11, 2013.[9]

Adam Ravenstahl's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 20 Won $10,266
2010 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 20 Won $86,068
Grand Total Raised $96,334


Adam Ravenstahl won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Adam Ravenstahl raised a total of $10,266.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Adam Ravenstahl's campaign in 2012
Electrical Workers Local 5$1,000
Reedy, Kenneth$1,000
Goodrich, William F$700
Steamfitters Local 449$500
Pennsylvania Association of Realtors$500
Total Raised in 2012$10,266
Source:Follow the Money


Ravenstahl raised $86,068 during the 2010 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[10]

Donor Amount
Ravenstahl for Mayor $16,000
Steamfitters Local 449 $10,000
Plumbers Local 27 $3,500
Scalo, James D $2,500
Zell, Jeff $2,500
Six others, each donating... $2,500


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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.

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


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.



In 2014, Ravenstahl's endorsements included the following:[11][12][13][14]

  • Equality Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania State Education Association
  • Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers
  • United Mine Workers of America
  • Humane PA
  • Allegheny County Democrats

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Political offices
Preceded by
Don Walko
Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 20
May 2010-present
Succeeded by