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James Brewster
Pennsylvania State Senate District 45
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 4
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 17, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCalifornia University of Pennsylvania
Office website
James R. Brewster is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 45. He was first elected to the chamber after he won a special election on November 2, 2010, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Sean Logan (D).[1]

Brewster served as a McKeesport City Councilman from 1995 to 2004 until his election to the office of Mayor of McKeesport.


Brewster earned his B.S. in Education from the California University of Pennsylvania. His professional experience includes working at Mellon Bank first as a fraud investigator and later as the vice-president.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Urban Affairs & Housing, Minority Chair
Banking & Insurance
Community, Economic & Recreational Development
Game & Fisheries
Legislative Budget and Finance


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



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

Brewster ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 45. Brewster ran unchallenged in the April 24 primary and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 45, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Brewster Incumbent 100% 72,189
Total Votes 72,189


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Brewster defeated Republican Paul Olijar in the special election held for District 45 of the Pennsylvania State Senate. Brewster won the election with 53% of the vote.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for James Brewster is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, James Brewster raised a total of $161,479 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[5]

James Brewster's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 45 Won $113,038
2000 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 45 Defeated $48,441
Grand Total Raised $161,479


James Brewster won election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, James Brewster raised a total of $113,038.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Brewster's campaign in 2012
Cohen & Grigsby$5,000
Pennsylvania Association for Justice$3,000
Cohen & Grigsby Pc Political Action Cmte$2,500
Michael Joyce$2,250
Pennsylvania State Education Association$2,250
Total Raised in 2012$113,038
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Pennsylvania

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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.


Brewster and his wife, Linda, have three daughters and five grandchildren.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sean Logan (D)
Pennsylvania State Senate District 45
Succeeded by