Pat Browne

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Pat Browne
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Pennsylvania State Senate District 16
Incumbent
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
November 30, 2014
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Majority Whip, Pennsylvania State Senate
2010-present
President Pro Tempore, Pennsylvania State Senate
2009-2010
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedMay 3, 2005
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1994-2005
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Notre Dame, 1986
J.D.Temple University, 1993
Personal
BirthdayDecember 8, 1963
Place of birthAllentown, PA
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Patrick 'Pat' M. Browne (b. December 8, 1963) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber after he won a special election on May 3, 2005. He currently serves as the State Senate Majority Whip.

Browne served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1994 to 2005.

Biography

Browne earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Notre Dame in 1986 and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1993. His professional experience includes working as an accountant and an attorney.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules & Executive Nominations, Vice Chair
Banking & Insurance
Community, Economic & Recreational Development
Education
Finance
Labor & Industry
Joint State Government Commission

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Browne served on these committees:

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

Browne's campaign website listed the following 11 areas of legislative accomplishments:[1]

  • Reform Initiatives Excerpt: Browne “is leading the effort not only to develop a responsible means of funding the impending financial challenges facing these funds, but also to change the systems to more affordable 401(k) plans.”
  • Job Creation Excerpt: Browne “sponsored the ‘Pennsylvania Job Creation Act of 2006,’ which initiated important tax cuts/changes to make Pennsylvania’s climate for job creators more competitive.”
  • Reducing Taxes Excerpt: Browne “wrote the ‘Tax Uniform Procedures Act,’ which creates a tax system that is fairer and easier for both individuals and businesses to comply with. This was the first major reform of the appeals and audit section of the Tax Reform Code in 30 years.”
  • Small Business Investment Excerpt: “Browne wrote the ‘Small Business Jobs Investment Act,’ which makes changes to tax reform code to allow for greater access to private capital by small business corporations.”
  • Education Excerpt: Browne “is the author of the statewide study to determine the basic cost per pupil to provide an education that will permit a student to meet the State's academic standards and assessments” which was “used to develop the first major reform in Pennsylvania’s education funding formula in over 30 years.”
  • Children and Youth Excerpt: Browne “sponsored the ‘Ounce of Prevention Act,’ which invests in programs that provide support for at-risk families and their newborn children.”
  • Health and Safety Excerpt: Browne “authored comprehensive amendments to Pennsylvania’s ‘Hazardous Materials and Emergency Response Act’ to protect businesses and citizens from the potential danger of hazardous materials in their vicinity.”
  • Crime Excerpt: Browne “sponsored the ‘Bail Reform Act,’ which would allow for the denial of bail for offenses where the maximum sentence is life imprisonment or for cases where there are no conditions other than imprisonment that will reasonably protect public safety.”
  • Housing and Finance Excerpt: Browne “sponsored ‘The Mortgage Reform Act of 2008,’ which targeted predatory and other questionable mortgage lending practices in Pennsylvania and required licensing of first and secondary mortgage originators.”
  • Industry Browne “sponsored amendments to the ‘Mechanics Lien Law,’ to ensure that title to residential property is not impaired by conflicts between general and subcontractors”
  • Local Issue Browne “was the Republican prime sponsor on the ‘Lehigh Valley Gaming Revenue Sharing Act,’ which allows for the first ever regional plan in the Lehigh Valley to share public revenue among the Valley’s municipal and county governments.”

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Pat Browne was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Walter Felton Jr. was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Browne and Felton will face off in the general election.[2][3]

2010

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Browne won re-election to District 16. He was unopposed in the May 18 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Richard Orloski in the November 2 general election.[4]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 16
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Pat Browne (R) 46,402
Richard Orloski (D) 29,028

2006

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Browne was re-elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 16.[5]

Browne raised $484,052 for this campaign.[6]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 16
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png BROWNE, PAT (R) 38,764
ORLOSKI, RICHARD J. (D) 32,788

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pat Browne is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Pat Browne raised a total of $2,136,492 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.[7]

Pat Browne's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 16 Not up for election $389,372
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 16 Won $430,939
2008 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 16 Not up for election $413,375
2006 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 16 Won $484,052
2004 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 131 Won $127,558
2002 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 131 Won $82,077
2000 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 131 Won $128,462
1998 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 131 Won $80,657
Grand Total Raised $2,136,492

2012

Pat Browne was not up for election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Pat Browne raised a total of $389,372.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Pat Browne's campaign in 2012
Roski Jr, Edward P$28,300
Ppl Corp$17,000
Uliana, Joseph M$16,800
Keep Jobs in Pennsylvania$10,000
Reilly, J B$9,800
Total Raised in 2012$389,372
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Browne raised $384,418 during the 2010 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[8]

Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Republican Party $29,848
Pennsylvania Institute of Cpas $16,902
Students First $15,000
PPL Corp $12,680
Uliana, Joseph M $9,425

2006

Browne raised $484,052 during the 2006 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[9]

Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Republican Party $173,138
Senate Republican Campaign Committee of Pennsylvania $80,580
Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs $11,400
PPL Corp. $7,900
Louis Pektor, III $7,500
Phyllis Grube $6,082
Richard Thulin $5,000
David Jaindl $5,000
J.B. Reilly $5,000
Michael Grabarits $5,000
Pennsylvania Future Fund $5,000
Elmer Gates $5,000

Personal

Browne and his wife, Heather, reside in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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