Timothy Solobay

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Timothy Solobay
Pennsylvania State Senate District 46
In office
Term ends
November 30, 2014
Years in position 3
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Bachelor'sCalifornia University of Pennsylvania, 1984
BirthdayMarch 20, 1956
Place of birthCanonsburg, PA
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Timothy J. Solobay is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 46. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Solobay served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 48 from 1999 to 2010.


Solobay earned his RT from the Washington Hospital School of Radiology Technology in 1976 and his B.S. from California Coastal University in 1985. His professional experience includes working as a Radiographer at Washington Hospital from 1976 to 1990, as a Pennsylvania State Constable for Canonsburg from 1982 to 1998 and as a CAT/MRI Department Supervisor at Washington Hospital. He currently works as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Committee assignments


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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness, Minority Chair
Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure


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


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


Campaign themes


Solobay's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]

Job Growth

  • Excerpt: Senator Solobay knows that to ensure job growth and environmental health, balance is required. "Putting politics aside and crossing party lines to encourage industry, while at the same time protecting our precious natural resources is the best strategy to make sure that we make this opportunity last into future generations. I stood with Gov. Corbett to help create a plan that would attract Shell Energy to Beaver County, but I opposed the governor’s cuts to education and job training programs."


  • Excerpt: "By urging cooperation, not confrontation, with the energy industry, Senator Solobay has been able to form partnerships that will help students prepare for the jobs of the future."

Commitment to Veterans

  • Excerpt: "With the demands of the workforce changing more quickly than the one soldiers left behind in previous wars, today’s returning veterans deserve the assistance of a grateful state and nation."



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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Timothy Solobay was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Camera Bartolotta was unopposed in the Republican primary. Solobay and Bartolotta will face off in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Solobay did not seek re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010 but instead won election to District 46 of the Pennsylvania State Senate. Solobay was unopposed in the May 18 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Kris Vanderman in the November 2 general election.[4]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 46
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Timothy Solobay (D) 40,560
Kris Vanderman (R) 35,528


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Solobay won re-election to District 48 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Solobay ran unopposed in the general election and received 23,725 votes.[5]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 48
Candidates Votes Percent
Timothy Joseph Solobay Green check mark transparent.png 23,725 100.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Timothy Solobay is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Timothy Solobay raised a total of $1,391,469 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[6]

Timothy Solobay's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 46 Not up for election $283,948
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 46 Won $450,054
2008 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 48 Won $154,801
2006 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 48 Won $98,716
2004 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 48 Won $116,155
2002 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 48 Won $84,749
2000 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 48 Won $75,381
1998 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 48 Won $127,665
Grand Total Raised $1,391,469


Timothy Solobay was not up for election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Timothy Solobay raised a total of $283,948.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Timothy Solobay's campaign in 2012
Steamfitters Local 449$13,500
Afscme Council 13$9,500
Pennsylvania Association for Justice$9,000
Range Resources$7,500
Consol Energy$7,000
Total Raised in 2012$283,948
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Solobay raised a total of $450,054 in campaign funds.[7] His top contributors were:

Donor Amount
Democratic Senate Campaign Cmte $50,000
Rendell 95 $35,000
Cmte to Re-elect Mike Stack $35,000
Citizens for Hughes $16,750


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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 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.


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.



In 2014, Solobay's endorsements include the following:[8]

  • APSCUF (Association of PA State College & University Faculties)
  • ATU Local 85
  • Beaver County Democrat Committee
  • Farmer - PA Farm Bureau PAC
  • Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC)
  • Ironworkers Local 3
  • IUPAT Distruct Council 57
  • Laborers' District Council of Western PA

  • Operating Engineers Local 66
  • PSEA
  • Steamfitters Local 449
  • UFCW Local 23
  • UMWA
  • USWA
  • Utility Workers
  • Washington/ Greene County Central Labor Council
  • Teamsters Joint Council No. 40


Solobay and his wife, Karen, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Barry Stout (D)
Pennsylvania State Senate District 46
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 48
Succeeded by