Jane Orie

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Jane Orie
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Pennsylvania State Senate District 40
Former officeholder
In office
Majority Whip, Pennsylvania Senate
Base salary$79,613/year
Per diemNo per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2001
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Bachelor'sFranklin and Marshall College, 1984
J.D.Duquesne University School of Law, 1987
Date of birthSeptember 18, 1961
Place of birthPittsburgh, PA
Jane Orie was a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 2001 until 2012. She resigned on May 21, 2012 after her conviction on ethics charges in March.[1] Orie previously served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1997 to 2001.

Orie graduated from Franklin and Marshall with her Bachelor's degree in 1984 and from Duquesne Law with her Juris Doctor degree in 1987. Before becoming an elected official, Orie was Assistant District Attorney for Allegheny County and served as an Assistant Pennsylvania Attorney General working in the Criminal Prosecution division.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Orie was appointed to these committees:


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



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Orie won re-election in District 40. She was unopposed in the May 18 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Dan DeMarco in the November 2 general election.[3]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 40
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jane Orie (R) 58,825
Dan DeMarco (D) 42,643


On November 7, 2006, Orie was re-elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 40.[4]

Orie raised $424,162 for this campaign.[5]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 40
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png ORIE, JANE CLARE (R) 77,566

Campaign donors


In 2010, Orie received $386,323 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]


Orie raised $424,162 during the 2006 election cycle.

Her top contributors are listed below.[7]

Donor Amount
Comcast $27,650
Theresa Petrick $21,000
Frank Polito $13,300
James Agras $10,500
James West $10,000
Logans Ferry LP $10,000
James W. West $10,000
Ira Gumberg $7,800
Hardy-Magerko PAC $6,000
Richard Simmons $6,000


Campaign themes

Orie's campaign website lists two themes:[8]

  • Reforming State Government Excerpt: "We must create an open bid process and provide transparency with who is receiving state contracts and their political contributions."
  • Gaming Excerpt: Legislation supported by Orie "requires that the Gaming Control Board’s Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement to be independent from the Board -- to prevent the commingling of its investigatory/prosecutorial functions."


Theft of services scandal

On May 21, Orie resigned her seat in the Pennsylvania State Senate after being convicted on ethics charges in March. Orie and her two sisters, Janine Orie and Joan Orie Melvin, were all charged with crimes relating to the use of state resources for campaign purposes. At the time of her resignation, only Sen. Orie had been convicted.

Janine Orie worked as chief of staff for Joan Orie Melvin, then a Superior Court judge, later a state Supreme Court judge. A retrial for Janine Orie was scheduled for August 13 after an earlier mistrial. Melvin was charged on May 18.[1]

A timeline of the Jane Orie conviction is as follows:

April 7, 2010: Jane and Janine Orie arrested and charged.[9]

February 7, 2011: Jane Orie trial began.[10]

March 3, 2011: Judge Jeffrey A. Manning declared a mistrial in the Jane Orie trial after determining that the defense submitted forged documents to the court. Janine Orie trial also halted.[11]

April 2011: Retrial scheduled to begin April 26.[12]

April 18, 2011: Retrial delayed until October 3, 2011, while Jane Orie challenges her retrial on the basis of double-jeopardy.[13]

August 2011: New charges filed against Jane Orie.[14]

September 27, 2011: PA Supreme court dismissed Jane Orie's double jeopardy appeal. Also, the trial court judge decided to consolidate the retrial and the trial on the August charges--scheduled to begin February 2012.[15][14]

February 29, 2012: Jane Orie retrial began.[16]

March 26, 2012: Jane Orie convicted on 14 counts and acquitted on 10 counts.[17]

May 21, 2012: Orie resigned from Pennsylvania State Senate.[1]

June 4, 2012: Sentencing scheduled.[1]

District 40

Orie represents Pennsylvania Senate District 40. District 40 includes the North Pittsburgh suburbs of Bradford Woods, Ross Township, Shaler Township[18].


Jane is single and resides in Wexford, Pennsylvania. Jane is the sister of 2009 Pennsylvania Supreme Court candidate Joan Orie Melvin.

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 40
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