Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Pennsylvania

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This page contains extensive information about ballot access requirements for state and federal candidates running for elected office in the state of Pennsylvania. Offices included are:

This page contains information on specific filing dates for each election year, how to become a candidate, how to create a political party, campaign finance requirements, state agency contacts involved in the election process, and term limits in Pennsylvania. Information on running for election as a presidential candidate or for county and municipal offices is not included. This page reflects research completed in April 2014.

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Year-specific dates


See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2014

Pennsylvania will have a primary election on May 20, 2014 and a general election on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect candidates to serve in the following state and federal offices:

The 2014 filing deadline for candidates seeking to participate in the primary was March 11, 2014.[1] Candidates seeking to participate in the November general election must file by August 1, 2014.[1]

Legend:      Ballot Access     Campaign Finance     Election Date

Dates and requirements for candidates in 2014
Deadline Event type Event description
March 11, 2014 Ballot access Deadline for candidates to file nomination petitions to gain access to the primary ballot
April 8, 2014 Campaign finance 6th Tuesday Pre-Primary Report (through March 31, 2014)
May 9, 2014 Campaign finance 2nd Friday Pre-Primary Report (through May 5, 2014)
May 20, 2014 Election date State primary date
June 19, 2014 Campaign finance 30-Day Post-Primary Report (through June 9, 2014)
August 1, 2014 Ballot access Deadline for candidates from minor parties or political bodies to file nomination papers to participate in the November general election
September 23, 2014 Campaign finance 6th Tuesday Pre-Election Report (through September 15, 2014)
October 24, 2014 Campaign finance 2nd Friday Pre-Election Report (through October 20, 2014)
November 4, 2014 Election date General election
December 4, 2014 Campaign finance 30-Day Post-Election Report (through November 24, 2014)
February 2, 2015 Campaign finance 2014 Annual Report (through December 31, 2014)

Political parties

See also: List of political parties in the United States

As of October 2013, there are three recognized political parties in Pennsylvania. In order to be recognized as a political party by the state, the party must fulfill certain requirements (detailed below in "Process to establish a political party").

Party Website link By-laws/platform link
Republican Party Official party website Party platform
Democratic Party National party website
Libertarian Party Official party website Party platform

In some states, a candidate may choose to have a label other than that of an officially recognized party appear alongside his or her name on the ballot. Such labels are called political party designations. A political party designation would be used when a candidate qualifies as an independent, but prefers to use a different label. Pennsylvania[2] does allow candidates to identify in this way. A total of 25 states allow candidates to use political party designations in non-presidential elections.{{{Reference}}}

The 11 states listed below (and Washington, D.C.) do not provide a process for political organizations to gain qualified status in advance of an election. Instead, in these states, an aspirant party must first field candidates using party designations. If the candidate or candidates win the requisite votes, the organization may then be recognized as an official political party. In these states, a political party can be formed only if the candidate in the general election obtains a specific number of votes. The number of votes required and type of race vary from state to state. Details can be found on the state-specific requirements pages.[3]

Process to establish a political party

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Article 8, Section 801 of the Pennsylvania Election Code

A political party is defined as follows:

  • A political party is recognized as such by the state when "one of [its] candidates at the general election next preceding the primary polled in each of at least 10 counties of the state not less than two percent of the largest entire vote cast in each of said counties for any elected candidate, and polled a total vote in the state equal to at least two percent of the largest entire vote cast in the state for any elected candidate."[4]

Further, political parties whose "statewide registration is less than 15 percent of the combined statewide registration for all statewide political parties as of the close of the registration period immediately preceding the most recent November election" are classified as "minor political parties." Minor political parties are not eligible to participate in primaries and may only field candidates for the general election via nomination papers (see "Process to become a candidate" below for more information).[5] Political parties whose statewide registration is 15 percent or greater of the combined statewide registration for all statewide political parties nominate their candidates for office via primary.[6]

The relevant statutes do not establish a process whereby groups of voters may petition to be recognized as a political party. Instead, any group of voters that does not qualify as a political party is considered a "political body."[4] Candidates running for office as affiliates of a political body may designate the body in no more than three words on their nomination papers.[7] Political body designations will appear on the ballot alongside the candidate's name.[8]

Process to become a candidate

Quick facts about Lieutenant Governors
  • 45 states have Lt. governors, 43 of them fill the office by election
  • 21 states elect Lt. governors on a single ticket with the governor at both the primary and general elections
  • 5 states, including Pennsylvania, elect Lt. governors separately from Governors at the primary and then put the top two vote-getters together on the general election ballot
  • 17 states elect Lt. governors separately from the Governor

Generally speaking, there are two types of petition forms that prospective candidates may need to file in order to gain access to the ballot.

  • Nomination petitions: These are the petition forms used by political party candidates.
  • Nomination papers: These are the petitions forms used by independent and political party designation candidates.

For party candidates

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Article 9, Part (a) of the Pennsylvania Election Code

Candidates for state office (including the Pennsylvania General Assembly) must file nomination petitions with the Secretary of State. Signature requirements are established by statute and are summarized below (for more information regarding nomination petitions, see "Nomination petitions" below).[9][10]

Office Required signatures
U.S. Senator 2,000
Governor 2,000, including at least 100 signatures from each of at least 10 counties
Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Auditor General, Attorney General 1,000, including at least 100 signatures from each of at least 5 counties
U.S. Representative 1,000
State Senator 500
State Representative 300

Each candidate must also file a Candidate Affidavit with his or her nomination petition. The affidavit must include the candidate's address, election district, the name of the office being sought, a statement verifying the candidate's eligibility for said office, and a statement verifying that the candidate will not "knowingly violate any provision of this act (i.e., the election code), or of any law regulating and limiting nomination and election expenses and prohibiting corrupt practices in connection therewith."[11]

Party candidates must also pay a filing fee established by statute. Filing fees must be submitted with nomination petitions. Fees are summarized below.[12]

Office Fee
U.S. Senator, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Auditor General, Attorney General $200
U.S. Representative $150
State Senator or Representative $100

In addition, candidates for state office must file a Statement of Financial Interest with the State Ethics Commission. A copy of this statement must be attached to the nomination petition submitted to the Secretary of State's office, as well.

In 2014, the state began offering a web service for party candidates to print personalized nomination petitions.[13][14]

For other candidates

Figure 1: This is the Nomination Form for Independent Candidates.

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Article 9, Part (b) of the Pennsylvania Election Code

Like party candidates participating in the primary, independent, minor political party and political body candidates for state office (including the Pennsylvania General Assembly) must submit to the Secretary of State Candidate Affidavits and Statements of Financial Interest. They must also pay the same filing fees as primary candidates. Independent, minor party and political body candidates must also file nomination papers (not to be confused with the nomination petitions party candidates participating in the primary must complete). Candidates filing by nomination papers must obtain signatures from electors of the district equal to at least two percent of the largest entire vote cast for an elected candidate in the last election within the district.[15] For more information regarding nomination papers, see "Nomination papers" below.

For write-in candidates

Unlike many states, Pennsylvania does not require write-in candidates to file paperwork in order to have their votes tallied.[16]

Petition requirements

In some cases, political parties and/or candidates may need to obtain signatures via the petition process to gain access to the ballot. This section outlines the laws and regulations pertaining to petitions and circulators in Pennsylvania.

The form of all petitions for candidates is prescribed by the Secretary of State.

Nomination petitions

Each page of a nomination petition contains these three basic components:[17]

  • Preamble: Includes information about the candidate, such as the candidate's name, occupation and residence, office being sought, and the party affiliation of the signers
  • Signatures of electors: Each person who signs a nomination petition must include the following information:
    • Signature
    • Printed name
    • Address of residence
    • Date of signature
  • Affidavit of circulator: Each page must include an affidavit of the circulator. The circulator must include his or her address and must affirm that:
    • The circulator is a qualified elector of the state
    • The circulator is a registered and enrolled member of the political party designated in the petition
    • The signers of the petition signed with full knowledge of the petition's contents
    • Each signer signed on the date that the signer indicated
    • To the best of the circulator's knowledge, the signers are qualified electors enrolled in the party designated in the petition and are residents of the county in which signatures are being collected

Nomination petitions must be circulated and filed between the 13th Tuesday and the 10th Tuesday preceding the primary election (e.g., in 2014, between February 18 and March 11).[17]

On February 8, 2014, the Secretary of State's office announced that it was re-designing nomination petition forms. As a result, circulators no longer have to affirm that they live in a particular electoral district of the state, though circulators must still affirm that they are state residents. This change was made in response to a lawsuit filed in November 2013 challenging the district residency requirement. The lawsuit has since been voluntarily dismissed.[18]

Nomination papers

Each page of a nomination paper must include these four basic components:[17]

  • Preamble: Includes the name of the minor political party or political body making the nomination and the county of the signers.
  • Candidate information: Includes the name, address, and occupation of the candidate being nominated
  • Signatures of electors: Each person who signs a nomination paper must include the following information
    • Signature
    • Printed name
    • Address of residence
    • Date of signature
  • Affidavit of qualified elector: Each page must include an affidavit of the qualified elector who circulated the nomination paper. The elector must include his or her address and affirm the following:
    • That he or she is a qualified elector of the state
    • That the signers of the nomination paper signed with full knowledge of the paper's contents
    • That the signers all reside in the same county
    • That each signer signed on the date indicated
    • That to the best of the elector's knowledge, the signers are qualified electors of the district designated in the nomination paper

Each page of a nomination paper submitted by a political body must also include the names and addresses of the political body's Committee to Fill Vacancies. The Committee must include at least three and no more than five members.[17]

Nomination papers must be circulated and filed between the 10th Wednesday preceding the primary and August 1 of each year (e.g., in 2014, between March 12 and August 1).[17]

Campaign finance

Campaign finance requirements

Candidates must file regular campaign finance reports. A candidate may authorize a committee to accept contributions and make expenditures on his or her behalf, but is not required to do so. Candidates are not required to establish a separate financial account for campaign purposes.[19]

If a candidate committee is formed, it must have both a chairperson and treasurer (one person cannot serve both functions). Before a committee can receive contributions on behalf of a candidate, the committee must be authorized to do so in writing by the candidate. This authorization form (provided by the Secretary of State) must be received by the appropriate elections official (i.e., the Secretary of State for candidates for state office, including the Pennsylvania General Assembly) before the committee receives contributions. Any committee that receives contributions in aggregate of $250 or more must file a registration statement within 20 days after the date on which the committee receives such amount. Registration statements must include the following information:[19]

  1. The name, address and phone number of the committee
  2. The name, address and phone number of the committee's treasurer
  3. The name, address and phone number of the committee's chairman
  4. The name, address and relationship of affiliated or connected organizations
  5. The candidate's name and address
  6. The banks, safety deposit boxes or other repositories and their addresses used by the committee
  7. The proposed period of committee operation

If the amount of contributions, expenditures or liabilities exceeds $250 in a reporting period, the candidate or committee must file reports. If not, the candidate or treasurer of the committee must file a statement to that effect in lieu of a report.[19]

On forms prescribed by the Secretary of State, candidates or committees must include the following in each report:[19]

  1. The full name, address, and occupation and name of employer for each person who has made one or more contributions to the candidate or committee within the reporting period in an aggregate amount or value greater than $250. The report must also note the amount and date of such contributions.
  2. The full name and mailing address of each person who has made one or more contributions to the candidate or committee within the reporting period in an aggregate amount or value greater than $50. The report must also note the amount and date of such contributions.
  3. The total sum of individual contributions made to the candidate or committee during the reporting period and not otherwise reported.
  4. Each expenditure, the date made, the full name and address of the recipient, and the purpose of the expenditure.
  5. Any unpaid debts or liabilities, including the nature and amount of each, date incurred, and full name and address of the person owed.
  6. The report must include any unexpended balance of contributions or other receipts appearing since the last report filed.

Candidates who do form committees are required to file separate reports from those of their campaign committees. All candidates and their authorized committees who are required to file reports with the Secretary of State must also file copies of those reports with the counties in which they reside.[19]

Report due dates for 2014 were as follows:[20]

Deadline Report Report end date
April 8, 2014 6th Tuesday Pre-Primary March 31, 2014
May 9, 2014 2nd Friday Pre-Primary May 5, 2014
June 19, 2014 30-Day Post-Primary June 9, 2014
September 23, 2014 6th Tuesday Pre-Election September 15, 2014
October 24, 2014 2nd Friday Pre-Election October 20, 2014
December 4, 2014 30-Day Post-Election November 24, 2014
February 2, 2015 2014 Annual Report December 31, 2014

Contribution limits

There are no limits placed on campaign contributions in Pennsylvania.[21]

Election-related agencies

See also: State election agencies

Candidates running for office may require some form of interaction with the following agencies:

Pennsylvania Secretary of State - Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation

Why: For questions about filing procedures
210 N. Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0060
Phone: 717.787.5280

Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission

Why: To file Statement of Financial Interests
Physical and mailing address
PO Box 11470
Room 309 Finance Building
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1470
Phone: (717) 783-1610


See also: Counties in Pennsylvania

A candidate must file a number of documents with the county elections office in the county he or she resides in. Individual county contact information can be found below. In the table below, if an email address is not provided it is because one does not exist for this municipality. To provide a link or information for the table below, please email us.

Pennsylvania county contact information
County Email Phone Secondary phone Fax Website Physical address Mailing address
Adams County Elections (717) 337-9832 717-337-9830 Link Director of Elections & Voter Reg 117 Baltimore Street Gettysburg, PA 17325-2313
Allegheny County Elections no email (412) 350-4500 (412) 350-5697 Link Division Manager, Allegheny County Elections Division 542 Forbes Ave., Suite 604 Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2953
Armstrong County Elections (724) 548-3222 724-548-3714 Link Armstrong County Board of Elections 450 East Market Street, Suite 207 Kittanning, PA 16201-1429
Beaver County Elections (724) 770-4440 724-728-9318 Link Director of Elections 810 Third St. Beaver, PA 15009
Bedford County Elections (814) 624-2608 814.623.0991 Link Director of Election/Chief Clerk 200 S. Juliana Street Bedford, PA 15522
Berks County Elections 610.478.6490 610.478.6218 Link Director 633 Court St., 1st Floor Reading, PA 19601
Blair County Elections (814) 693-3150 814-693-3033 Link Director of Elections Blair County Courthouse 423 Allegheny St., Suite 047 Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-9978
Bradford County Elections (570) 265-1717 1 (888) 270-VOTE no fax Link Director of Elections 6 Court St., Ste. 2 Towanda, PA 18848
Bucks County Elections (215) 348-6163 no fax Link Director, Bucks Co. Board of Elections/Registration 55 E. Court St. Doylestown, PA 18901
Butler County Elections (724) 284-5308 724-284-5311 Link Director of Elections/Voter Registration P.O.Box 1208 124 West Diamond St Butler, PA 16001
Cambria County Elections (814) 472-1464 (814) 472-9642 Link Director of Elec./Chief Registrar, Cambria County 200 S. Center St. Ebensburg, PA 15931 P.O. Box 269 Ebensburg, PA 15931
Cameron County (814) 486-2315 : 814-486-3176 Link Secretary to the Commissioners Cameron Co. Courthouse 20 E. 5th St. Emporium, PA 15834
Carbon County no email (570) 325-4801 (570) 732-0040 Link Carbon Co. 76 Susquehanna St., Jim Thorpe, PA 18229 PO Box 170 Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Centre County (814) 355-6703 814-355-6857 Link 420 Holmes St. Bellefonte, PA 16823-1488
Chester (610) 344-6410 (610) 344-5682 Link 601 Westtown Rd., Ste. 150 West Chester, PA 19380-0990 PO Box 2747 West Chester, PA 19380-0990
Clarion (814) 226-4000 Ext. 2006 814-226-8069 Link Elections Director 330 Main Street, Rm 103 Clarion, PA 16214
Clearfield (814) 765-2642 Ext. 5053 814-765-2640 Link Clearfield County 212 E Locust St. Clearfield, PA 16830
Clinton (570) 893-4019 570-893-4354 Link 232 E. Main St. 3rd Floor Garden Building Lock Haven, PA 17745-0928
Columbia (570) 389-5640 570-784-0257 Link Voter Registrar/ Election Court Columbia Co. Courthouse 11 W. Main Street Bloomsburg, PA 17815-0380
Crawford (814) 333-7308 (814) 337-0457 Link Director of Elections Crawford Co. Courthouse 903 Diamond Park Meadville, PA 16335
Cumberland County (717) 240-6385 717-240-7759 Link Director of Elections Cumberland Co. 310 Allen Road. Carlisle, PA 17013
Dauphin (717) 780-6360 1-800-328-0058 (717) 780-6478 Link Director of Elections & Reg. Dauphin Co. - 2 S. 2nd St. Harrisburg, PA 17108-1295 P.O. Box 1295 Harrisburg, PA 17108-1295
Delaware (610) 891-4673 610-892-0641 Link Chief Clerk/Director, Delaware Co. 201 W. Front St. Government Center Bldg. Media, PA 19063
Elk (814) 776-5337 814-776-5362 Link P.O. Box 448 Ridgway, PA 15853-0448
Erie (814) 451-6276 814-451-7007 Link Election Supervisor Erie County Courthouse 140 W. 6th St., Rm. 112 Erie, PA 16501
Fayette (724) 430-1289 724-430-4948 Link Fayette Co. Public Service Bldg. 22 E. Main St. Uniontown, PA 15401-3412
Forest (814) 755-3537 814-755-8837 Link Voter Registrar/Elections Clerk 526 Elm St. - Unit #3 Tionesta, PA 16353
Franklin County (717) 261-3810 717-261-3131 Link Chief Clerk/Co. Admin. Franklin Co. Com's Office 14 N. Main St. Chambersburg, PA 17201
Fulton (717) 485-3691 717-485-9411 Link Director of Elections 116 W. Market St. McConnellsburg, PA 17233
Greene County (724) 852-5304 724-852-5321 Link Director of Elections Rm. 102 - County Offc. Bldg 93 E. High St. Waynesburg, PA 15370
Huntingdon (814) 643-3091 Ext. 205 814-643-8152 Link Elections Coordinator 223 Penn St. - Bailey Building Huntingdon, PA 16652
Indiana (724) 465-3805 724-465-2935 Link Chief Clerk Indiana Co. 825 Philadelphia St. Indiana, PA 15701
Jefferson (814) 849-1603 814-849-4084 Link Chief Clerk 155 Main St. Brookville, PA 15825
Juniata (717) 436-7706 717-436-7756 Linkv 26 N Main St, Mifflintown, PA ‎17059 P.O. Box 68 Mifflintown, PA 17059
Lackawanna (570) 963-6737 570-963-6691 Link Director of Elections Lackawanna County Scranton, PA 18505-6524 P.O. Box 4524 Scranton, PA 18505-6524
Lancaster (717) 299-8293 (717) 209-3076 Link Deputy Chief Registrar/Clerk Lancaster Co. 150 N. Queen St., Ste 117 Lancaster, PA 17603
Lawrence (724) 656-2161 724-656-1987 Link Lawrence Co. Gov't Ctr. 430 Court St. New Castle, PA 16101-3593
Lebanon (717) 228-4428 (717) 274-8094 Link Director of Elections & Voter Registration Municipal Building, Room 209 400 South 8th Street Lebanon, PA 17042
Lehigh 610-782-3194 610-770-3845 Link Chief Cler, Board of Elections Lehigh Co. Government Center 17 S. 7th St. Allentown, PA 18101
Luzerne (570) 825-1715 570-820-6399 Link 20 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Ste. 207 Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-3505
Lycoming (570) 327-2285 570-320-2117 Link Director of Elections 48 W. Third St. Williamsport, PA 17701
McKean (814) 887-3203 814.887.2242 Link Director of Elections McKean Co. Courthouse 500 W. Main St. Smethport, PA 16749
Mercer (724) 662-7542 (724) 662-1530 Link Director of Elections/ Voter Reg. 5 Courthouse Mercer, PA 16137
Mifflin (717) 248-6571 717-242-5455 Link 20 N. Wayne St. Lewistown, PA 17044
Monroe (570) 517-3165 570-517-3856 Link Director of Elections/Voter Reg. Monroe Co. Admin. Offices One Quaker Plaza, Rm. 105 Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Montgomery County (610) 278-3275 610-292-4527 Link One Montgomery Plaza 6th Floor Norristown, PA 19404 Montgomery County Election Board P.O. Box 311 Norristown, PA 19404-0311
Montour (570) 271-3000 570-271-3088 Link Director of Elections Montour Co. Courthouse 29 Mill Street Danville, PA 17821
Northampton (610) 559-3055 610-559-3736 Link Election Director 670 Wolf Ave Easton, PA 18042-4343
Northumberland (570) 988-4209 570-988-4306 Link Director 320 North Second Street,Suite 1 Sunbury, PA 17801
Perry 717-582-2131 Ext: 4110 717-582-5162 Link Director of Elections & Voter Reg. Veterans Memorial Building Voter Registration Office New Bloomfield, PA 17068 P.O. Box 37 New Bloomfield, PA 17068
Philadelphia (215) 686-3469 215-587-9107 Link Acting Supervisor of Elections Philadelphia County Board of Elections Rm. 142 City Hall Philadelphia, PA 19107
Pike (570) 296-3426 570-296-6055 Link Director 506 Broad St. Pike County Administration Building Milford, PA 18337-1535
Potter (814) 274-8467 (814) 274-7395 Link Director Potter Co. Courthouse 1 N. Main St. Coudersport, PA 16915
Schuylkill County (570) 628-1467 (570) 628-1466 Link Director, Elections/Reg. Schuylkill Co. 420 N. Centre St. Pottsville, PA 17901
Snyder (570) 837-4286 570-837-4282 Link Snyder Co. Courthouse 9 West Market St., P.O. Box 217 Middleburg, PA 17842
Somerset (814) 445-1549 814-445-7991 Link Director, Elections & Reg. Somerset Co. 300 N. Center Ave., Ste. 340 Somerset, PA 15501
Sullivan (570) 946-5201 570-946-4421 Link Director of Elections/Voter Reg. Sullivan Co. Courthouse Main & Muncy Streets Laporte, PA 18626-0157 P.O. Box 157 Main & Muncy Streets Laporte, PA 18626-0157
Susquehanna County (570) 278-4600 Ext. 220 570-278-9268 Link Election Director P.O. Box 218 105 Maple Street Montrose, PA 18801
Tioga (570) 723-8230 570-723-8206 Link Tioga County 118 Main St. Wellsboro, PA 16901
Union County (570) 524-8603 570-524-8627 Link Chief Election Coordinator 155 North 15th St. Lewisburg, PA 17837-8822
Venango (814) 432-9508 814-432-4741 Link Chief Clerk/Director of Elections Venango County Courthouse Annex 1174 Elk St. Franklin, PA 16323 P.O. Box 831 Franklin, PA 16323
Warren County (814) 728-3406 814-728-3479 Link Director of Elections/Voter Registration Warren Co. Courthouse 204 4th Ave. Warren, PA 16365
Washington County (724) 228-6750 724-250-6422 Link Director of Elections 100 W. Beau St., Suite 206 Washington, PA 15301
Wayne County (570) 253-5978 570-253-5432 Link Director of Elections 925 Court St. Honesdale, PA 18431
Westmoreland County (724) 830-3150 (724) 830-3152 Link 2 N Main Street Ste 109 Greensburg, PA 15601
Wyoming County (570) 996-2226 570-836-5797 Link Director of Elections 1 Courthouse Square Tunkhannock, PA 18657
York County (717) 771-9604 717-771-4387 Link Director Administrative Center 28 E. Market St. York, PA 17401

Term limits

State executives

Portal:State Executive Officials
See also: State executives with term limits and States with gubernatorial term limits

State executive term limits are established in Article 4, Sections 3, 5 and 18 of the Pennsylvania Constitution. The state executive term limits in Pennsylvania are as follows:

There are no Pennsylvania state executive officials who are term-limited in 2014.

State legislators

See also: State legislatures with term limits

There are no term limits placed on Pennsylvania state legislators.

Congressional partisanship

See also: List of United States Representatives from Pennsylvania and List of United States Senators from Pennsylvania

Here is the current partisan breakdown of the congressional members from Pennsylvania:

Congressional Partisan Breakdown from Pennsylvania
Party U.S. Senate U.S. House Total
     Democratic Party 1 5 6
     Republican Party 1 13 14
TOTALS as of December 2014 2 18 20

State legislative partisanship

Portal:State legislatures

Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Pennsylvania:


Party As of December 2014
     Democratic Party 22
     Republican Party 27
     Vacancy 1
Total 50


Party As of December 2014
     Democratic Party 91
     Republican Party 111
     Vacancy 1
Total 203

See also

External links

Official state and federal links



Other information


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