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Steve McCarter
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Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 154
In office
Term ends
November 31, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTemple University
J.D.University of Pennsylvania
ProfessionRetired teacher
Office website
Campaign website
Steve McCarter is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 154. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


McCarter earned his B.S. in Education from Temple University in 1970 and his M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. His professional experience includes working as a teacher (retired).

Committee assignments


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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Aging & Older Adult Services
Children & Youth
Environmental Resources & Energy


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "Governor Corbett drastically cut funding for public education in the 2011-2012 fiscal year budget. This massive cut forced many school districts all across Pennsylvania to cut services, curriculum, staff or raise property taxes to compensate for the cuts. The fact that some children attend school in districts without art and music classes is wrong. We need to ensure that all our children receive a well-rounded education."


  • Excerpt: "Steve has been a relentless advocate for a Marcellus Shale Gas extraction tax in committee and on the House floor."

LGBT Equality

  • Excerpt: "Steve is a strong supporter of LGBT rights in the Commonwealth."

Protecting Seniors

  • Excerpt: "As a member of the Aging & Older Adult Services committee, Steve has been working to support and draft legislation to combat fraud and abuse targeted against our seniors."


  • Excerpt: "Steve is a strong supporter and co-sponsor of HB 1896 to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. The legislation would raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 an hour."



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 Steve McCarter was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Robert Gillies, Jr. was unopposed in the Republican primary. McCarter defeated Gillies in the general election.[2][3][4]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 154 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve McCarter Incumbent 73.5% 17,553
     Republican Robert Gillies, Jr. 26.5% 6,329
Total Votes 23,882


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

McCarter ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 154. McCarter ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on April 24 and defeated Mark Sirinides (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 154, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve McCarter 75.6% 25,794
     Republican Mark Sirinides 24.4% 8,309
Total Votes 34,103

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Steve McCarter is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Steve McCarter raised a total of $99,827 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[6]

Steve McCarter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 154 Won $99,827
Grand Total Raised $99,827


Steve McCarter won election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Steve McCarter raised a total of $99,827.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve McCarter's campaign in 2012
Friends of Larry Curry$10,000
Pennsylvania State Education Association$4,500
Plumbers Local 690$4,060
Democratic Party of District 154$3,500
Democratic Party of Cheltenham Township$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$99,827
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2013, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 2 to December 31. In 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 7 through November 12.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their support for legislation related to LGBT equality.



In 2014, McCarter's endorsements included the following:[7]

  • Montgomery County Democratic Committee
  • Area 9 Democratic Committee
  • Cheltenham Democratic Committee
  • Springfield Democratic Committee
  • AFSCME District Council 33

  • AFSCME District Council 47
  • AFSCME District Council 88
  • Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties – APSCUF
  • Boiler Makers Iron Ship Builders Blacksmiths Forgers and Helpers Local No 13


McCarter is married to Deb.

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Preceded by
Lawrence Curry (D)
Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 154
Succeeded by