Pat Vance

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Pat Vance
Pennsylvania State Senate District 31
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 10
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
OtherRN, Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing, 1957
Date of birthMarch 19, 1936
Place of birthWilliamsport, PA
Office website
Personal website
Patricia '"Pat" H. Vance (b. March 19, 1936) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 31. She was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Vance served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1990 to 2004.


Vance earned her Nursing degree from Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing in 1957. Her professional experience includes working as the Recorder of Deeds for Cumberland County from 1978 to 1990 and as a practicing Registered Nurse.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Vance served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2015
Public Health & Welfare, Chair
Communications & Technology, Vice-Chair
Banking & Insurance
Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure
Capitol Preservation


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Vance served on the following committees:


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


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


Unemployment compensation

In November 2013, the Pennsylvania state House and state Senate voted unanimously on a bill, which was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett, to change the state’s unemployment compensation law. The bill, which Vance supported, closed a loophole that allowed a state employee to retire from his job and begin collecting benefits, only to be hired back as a part-time employee while also collecting unemployment compensation after leaving a previous job. Vance said that 638 former state workers who now hold part-time state jobs collected more than $2.7 million in unemployment compensation from 2010-2013. While the law closed a triple-dipping loophole, the changes did not prevent double-dipping, in which a state employee retires, begins collecting pension benefits, and returns to work a part-time position.[1]

Campaign themes


Vance’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Limiting Elected Officials' Salaries and Pensions: "For more than 15 years, Sen. Pat Vance has been working to limit the growth of elected officials’ salaries and pensions... As a member of the General Assembly, Sen. Vance does not take a per diem, lease a car from the state or accept mileage reimbursement for travel to the Capitol or district office. Since 2008, she has returned her annual COLA to the state Treasury."
Protecting the Most Vulnerable: "Adults with cognitive or physical disabilities are further protected under a law authored by Sen. Pat Vance. The law created an Adult Protective Services system with clearly defined procedures for filing complaints of abuse, neglect and exploitation against adults ages 18 to 59 with disabilities. Prior to enactment of the law, there were protective service systems for children and older adults. This law filled the gap. The law also provided for investigation of complaints and the development of service plans to remove the adult from imminent harm and provide for long-term needs..."
Empowering Older Adults: "When selecting a facility for an older family member or friend, it is important to have complete information. Thanks to Sen. Pat Vance, family and friends can clearly understand the different options available through tough, but fair licensing requirements for assisted living facilities..."
Balancing Industry and Natural Resources: "Marcellus Shale has provided a big boon to some parts of the Commonwealth, but Sen. Pat Vance believes local control and protection of the state’s natural resources need to be balanced with expanded drilling... Sen. Vance believes Act 13 of 2012 goes too far by forcing municipalities to allow drilling in all types of zones, except densely-populated residential areas.... Each municipality’s leaders know best where Marcellus drilling would be the least disruptive to the community..."
Supporting the Community: "Nonprofit and charitable organizations support countless community events and activities. Sen. Pat Vance strongly supported a new law that increases the amount of money these organizations can raise through small games of chance. The Small Games of Chance Act had not been updated for 24 years, thus making it more difficult for these organizations to raise money and maintain their operations."
Protecting Gun Owners Rights: "In 2011 Sen. Pat Vance supported legislation to protect gun owners who act in self-defense through expansion of the Castle Doctrine. Act 10 of 2011 removes the duty to retreat for those threatened by an attacker in any place that an individual has a right to be, including his or her home or vehicle. The law provides important protections against criminal prosecution or civil litigation for those who act to defend themselves..."
Encouraging Access to Government Records: "Sen. Vance also helped expand and strengthen the Commonwealth’s Right to Know Law by co-sponsoring Act 3 of 2008. The law made it easier for the public to review government records and put the burden of proof on a government agency that seeks to deny access to a record."



On March 26, the Republican primary candidates participated in a debate hosted by the Republican Club of York County. Coverage of the debate can be found here.



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

Vance ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 31. Vance defeated Andrew Shaw in the Republican primary on April 24 and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. [3][4]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Vance Incumbent 100% 123,096
Total Votes 123,096

Republican Primary

PoliticsPA named the District 31 Republican primary as one of Pennsylvania's top ten most interesting legislative primaries in 2012.[5] According to preliminary campaign finance reports, incumbent Vance had outspent challenger Andrew Shaw 10-1. Shaw's $160,000 in campaign expenditures topped the list of candidates for whom reports had been processed.[6]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 31 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPat Vance Incumbent 56.9% 18,882
Andrew Shaw 43.1% 14,291
Total Votes 33,173


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Vance was re-elected to District 31 of the Pennsylvania State Senate. Vance defeated Susan Kiskis (D) in the general election.[7]

Vance raised $206,144 for this campaign.[8]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 31
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png VANCE, PATRICIA H. (R) 92,959
KISKIS, SUSAN (D) 37,406

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pat Vance is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Pat Vance raised a total of $1,427,730 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[9]

Pat Vance's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 1 Won $193,148
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 1 Not up for election $86,334
2008 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 1 Won $206,144
2006 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 1 Not up for election $134,320
2004 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 1 Won $336,750
2002 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 87 Won $199,270
2000 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 87 Won $114,051
1998 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 87 Won $157,713
Grand Total Raised $1,427,730


Pat Vance won re-election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Pat Vance raised a total of $193,148.


Vance raised $206,144 during the 2008 election cycle.

Her top contributors are listed below.[10]

Donor Amount
Firstenergy Corp. $4,000
Coca-Cola Enterprises $3,662
Eli Lilly & Co. $3,500
Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania $3,470
Pennsylvania Association of Realtors $3,270
Wayne and Carrie Pecht $3,250
PPL Corp. $3,100
Wal-Mart $3,000
Greenlee Partners $2,780
Pennsylvania State Troopers Association $2,500
Pennsylvania Financial Services Association $2,330


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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.
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  • Legislators were scored based on floor votes that highlighted environmental issues.


Vance is widowed and resides in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

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