Robert Tomlinson

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Robert Tomlinson
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Pennsylvania State Senate District 6
Incumbent
In office
1995-Present
Term ends
November 30, 2014
Years in position 19
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1991-1994
Education
Bachelor'sWest Chester State College, 1970
Miami Dade University, 1971
Personal
BirthdayDecember 4, 1945
Place of birthNewtown, PA
ProfessionFuneral Director
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Robert "Tommy" M. Tomlinson (b. December 4, 1945) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.
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This candidate is running in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

The Pennsylvania Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounts to 16 percent of the seats up for election in 2014. In 2012, when the 25 odd-numbered districts were up for election, a total of three districts were competitive, with a margin of victory of 5 percent or less.

Tomilson served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1991 to 1994 and was a member of the Bensalem School Board from 1978 to 1990.

Biography

Tomilson earned his B.S. from West Chester State College in 1970 and his B.S. in Mortuary Science from Miami Dade University in 1971. His professional experience includes working as a funeral director.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Chair
Appropriations, Vice Chair
Community, Economic & Recreational Development
Education
Transportation
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2014
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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 Robert Tomlinson was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Kimberly Yeager-Rose was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Tomlinson and Yeager-Rose will face off in the general election.[2][3]

The Pennsylvania State Senate is a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia has identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The Pennsylvania Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounts to 16 percent of the seats up for election in 2014. District 6 in the Senate has been identified by Ballotpedia and the Philadelphia City Paper as a battleground district that could determine control of the Pennsylvania State Senate. In District 6, Incumbent Robert Tomlinson (R) will face off against Kimberly Yeager-Rose (D) in the general election. Redrawn in 2010, district 6 now favors a generic Democrat by 4 points.[4]

2010

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Tomlinson won re-election to District 6. He was unopposed in the May 18 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Bryan Allen in the November 2 general election.[5]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 6
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Tomlinson (R) 49,958
Bryan Allen (D) 35,879

2006

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Tomlinson was re-elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 6.[6] Tomlinson raised $505,761 for this campaign.[7]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 6
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png TOMLINSON, ROBERT TOMMY (R) 47,772
LANG, PAUL (D) 41,685

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Robert Tomlinson is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Robert Tomlinson raised a total of $3,541,939 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.[8]

Robert Tomlinson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 6 Not up for election $350,899
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 6 Won $521,553
2008 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 6 Not up for election $273,322
2006 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 6 Won $505,761
2004 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 6 Not up for election $366,589
2002 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 6 Won $1,198,539
2000 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 6 Not up for election $55,945
1998 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 6 Won $269,331
Grand Total Raised $3,541,939

2012

Robert Tomlinson was not up for election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Robert Tomlinson raised a total of $350,899.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Tomlinson's campaign in 2012
Gannett Flemming$10,000
Peco Energy$10,000
Pennsylvania Automotive Association$9,000
Exelon$8,300
Firstenergy Corp$7,500
Total Raised in 2012$350,899
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Tomlinson raised $497,321 during the 2010 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[9]

Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Republican Party $138,031
Lower Bucks Leadership Fund $15,000
Southeast Republican Senate Victory Cmte $10,000
PECO Energy $9,000
Students First $7,500

2006

Tomlinson raised $505,761 during the 2006 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[10]

Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Republican Party $47,550
Pennsylvania Association of Realtors $9,300
Peco Energy $8,500
Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association $8,400
Pennsylvania State Education Association $8,000
Pennsylvania Optometric Association $7,250
Comcast $6,800
Plumbers 690 $6,500
Pennsylvania Dental Association $6,000
S.R. Wojdak & Associates $5,700

Scorecards

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2013-2014

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.

2011-2012

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.

Personal

Mike is married to Nancy Tomilson. They have two children and reside in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.[1]

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