Joseph Petrarca

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Joseph Petrarca
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Pennsylvania State House District 55
Incumbent
In office
1995 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 19
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSaint Vincent's College
J.D.University of Pittsburgh, School of Law
Personal
Birthday04/02/1961
Place of birthPittsburgh, PA
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Personal website
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Joseph A. Petrarca (b. April 2, 1961) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 55. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Biography

Petrarca earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Vincent's College and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. His professional experience includes working as Deputy Attorney General for the Pennsylvania Western Regional Office and as an attorney for the United State Department of Labor.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Democratic Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Joseph Petrarca was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Brian Panichelle was unopposed in the Republican primary. Petrarca and Panichelle will face off in the general election.[1][2]

2012

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Petrarca ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 55. Petrarca ran unchallenged in the Democratic primary on April 24 and defeated John Hauser (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 55, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Petrarca Incumbent 56.1% 13,757
     Republican John Hauser 43.9% 10,770
Total Votes 24,527

2010

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Petrarca won re-election to the District 55 in 2010. He had no primary opposition and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.[5]

Pennsylvania State House, District 55
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joseph Petrarca (D) 12,797 100.0%

2008

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Petrarca won re-election to District 55 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He received 20,874 votes while running unopposed.[6]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 55
Candidates Votes Percent
Joseph A. Petrarca (D) Green check mark transparent.png 20,874 100.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Joseph Petrarca is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Joseph Petrarca raised a total of $433,830 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 12, 2013.[7]

Joseph Petrarca's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 55 Won $140,775
2010 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 55 Won $49,463
2008 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 55 Won $59,908
2006 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 55 Won $40,867
2004 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 55 Won $44,569
2002 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 55 Won $31,895
2000 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 55 Won $42,963
1998 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 1 Won $23,390
Grand Total Raised $433,830

2012

Joseph Petrarca won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Joseph Petrarca raised a total of $140,775.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joseph Petrarca's campaign in 2012
Pennsylvania Democratic Party$39,886
Pennsylvania Association for Justice$17,000
Crisci Associates$8,050
United Mine Workers of America$7,100
Pennsylvania State Education Association$5,050
Total Raised in 2012$140,775
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Joseph Petrarca won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Joseph Petrarca raised a total of $49,463.

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 will be in session from January 7 through November 30.

  • 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

Petrarca and his wife, Elise Glenn, have five children.

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Pennsylvania House Of Representatives District 55
1995–present
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