Mark Painter

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Mark Painter
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Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 146
Former member
In office
2013 - 2014
Prior offices
Tax collector, Limerick Township
High schoolPottsgrove High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pennsylvania, B.S. (Electrical engineering)
J.D.University of Pennsylvania
Campaign website
Mark Painter is a former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 146 from 2012 to 2014.


Painter earned his B.S. in Electric Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments


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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Human Services
Local Government


Campaign themes


Painter's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]


  • Excerpt: "Mark supports restoring the $1 billion in state education funding that was cut under Gov. Corbett and the Republican legislature. He supports making sure gas drillers pay their fair share, as well as closing the Delaware tax loophole in order to properly fund education."


  • Excerpt: "Mark supports common sense regulations on natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania that will protect our air, water, and public health for future generations. Mark also supports ensuring natural gas drillers pay their fair share in Pennsylvania, as they do in other states, and that taxpayers are not left on the hook for the environmental costs."

Jobs & Economy

  • Excerpt: "Mark supports using our state tax money wisely to invest in education to train for new, innovative industries. He also supports growing good paying jobs that can sustain families and build communities in the long term."

Property Tax Reform

  • Excerpt: "In addition to restoring state education funding to schools, Mark supports comprehensive property tax reform. He has co-sponsored and voted for the Property Tax Independence Act which would eliminate property taxes entirely."

Women’s Health

  • Excerpt: "Mark supports a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions and has opposed Harrisburg’s attacks to prevent women from getting the best care possible. Mark will protect and expand women’s health options and ensure that they have the healthcare information and services they need."


Painter's website highlighted the following themes:[2]

Painter supports property tax relief, increased state funding for education and reduced red tape regarding taxes. On the issue of fracking, he states that he will, "advocate for close monitoring of groundwater contamination and other environmental risks, and support the creation of industry-funded reserves to protect the taxpayer from bearing the cleanup costs when problems are uncovered."



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 Mark Painter was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Thomas Quigley defeated Harvey Friedland in the Republican primary. Painter was defeated by Quigley in the general election.[3][4][5]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 146 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Quigley 52.2% 8,840
     Democratic Mark Painter Incumbent 47.8% 8,111
Total Votes 16,951
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 146 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Quigley 76.1% 1,685
Harvey Friedland 23.9% 529
Total Votes 2,214


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Painter ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 146. Painter ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on April 24 and defeated incumbent Thomas Quigley (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 146, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Painter 50.4% 14,888
     Republican Thomas Quigley Incumbent 49.6% 14,680
Total Votes 29,568


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Painter was unopposed in the May 18 Democratic primary but lost to incumbent Republican Thomas Quigley in the November 2 general election.[7]

Pennsylvania State House, District 146
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Quigley (R) 11,060 56.2%
Mark Painter (D) 8,625 43.8%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Mark Painter is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Mark Painter raised a total of $362,606 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[8]

Mark Painter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 146 Won $87,374
2010 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 146 Defeated $275,232
Grand Total Raised $362,606


Mark Painter won election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Mark Painter raised a total of $87,374.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Quigley (R)
Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 146
Succeeded by
Thomas Quigley (R)