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* [http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/senate_bio.cfm?id=283 Profile from the Pennsylvania Senate website]
* [http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/senate_bio.cfm?id=283 Profile from the Pennsylvania Senate website]
* [http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=55673 Profile from Project Vote Smart]
* [http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=55673 Profile from Project Vote Smart]
* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=115195 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=100904 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=88546 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=65038 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=6700 2002], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=49246 2000]
* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=141048 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=115195 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=100904 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=88546 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=65038 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=6700 2002], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=49246 2000]
* [http://senatorscarnati.com/ Sen. Scarnati's website]
* [http://senatorscarnati.com/ Sen. Scarnati's website]

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Joe B. Scarnati III
Pennsylvania State Senate District 25
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 14
President Pro Tempore, Pennsylvania State Senate
Base salary$82,026/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State at DuBois, 1982
Place of birthBrockway, PA
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Joseph 'Joe' B. Scarnati III (b. 1962) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 25. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000. He currently serves as State Senate President Pro Tempore.

Scarnati served as the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 2008-2011. Since Scaranti was President Pro Tempore of the Senate when his predecessor, Catherine Baker Knoll passed away, he was required to succeed her while holding his state senate office.


Scarnati earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University at DuBois in 1982. [1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Scarnati served on all Senate standing committees ex officio, as well as the Joint State Government Commission.


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Scarnati served on all Senate standing committees ex officio, as well as the Joint State Government Commission.


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Scarnati served on all Senate standing committees ex officio.


Liquor privatization

On March 5, 2013, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai introduced House Bill 790, and the bill was referred to the Liquor Control Committee.[2][3] This bill was the legislative form of Corbett's January 30, 2013, proposal to privatize the state-owned liquor stores and use the revenue to increasing funding for education. The governor's plan would see the state's liquor and wine stores auctioned off, while big box stores, supermarkets, and convenience stores would be able to sell limited quantities of beer and, in the case of big box stores and and supermarkets, wine. Restaurants, already able to sell beer, would be able to sell customers up to six bottles of wine, while retail beer distributors could obtain licenses to sell beer, wine, and liquor, instead of only beer. The auctions and licensing fees would generate an estimated $1 billion over four years. Under Corbett's plan, these funds would be distributed to school districts using a formula based on their student enrollment and income level. The block grants would fund "school safety; early learning; science, technology, engineering and mathematics course programming; and 'individual learning.'"[4] After HB 790 was reported to the House by the Liquor Control Committee on March 18 and then by the Appropriations Committee on March 21, the House passed the bill 105-90 on March 21.[3] This amended version of the bill would privatize the wholesaling of wine and spirits within one year, require the government liquor stores in any given county to shut down within six months after the number of private stores double those of the government, and provide education credits and civil service hiring preferences to employees of the government stores.[5]

Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi supported increasing consumer choice but remained unconvinced that the government stores needed to be auctioned off.[6] Following its House passage, HB 790 was sent to the Senate. Pileggi reasserted his emphasis on "looking for ways to increase convenience, and selection at a competitive price" rather than privatization. He indicated that bill would be changed before passage in the Senate. Corbett refused to publicly comment on how he would approach negotiations with the Senate but reaffirmed his support for privatization.[7] As of August 20, 2013, HB 790 has been referred to the Appropriations Committee in the Senate.[8]



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

Scarnati ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 25. Scarnati ran unchallenged in the April 24 primary and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [9][10]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Scarnati Incumbent 100% 75,096
Total Votes 75,096


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Scarnati was re-elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 25. Scarnati defeated Donald Hilliard (D) in the general election.[11]

Scarnati raised $1,643,598 for this campaign.[12]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 25
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png SCARNATI, JOSEPH B. III (R) 64,103

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Scarnati raised $1,643,598 during the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[13]

Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Republican Party $98,714
Pennsylvania Future Fund $86,000
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association $71,000
Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters and Joiners $55,000
Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania $47,000
Pennsylvania Association for Justice $32,000
O'Brien, Morgan, K & Kathleen $30,000
Richard Simmons $28,500
Firstenergy Corp. $27,000
Roger Reschini $27,000


Scarnati is married to his wife, Sheryl. They have three children and reside in Warren, Pennsylvania.

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