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Mike Folmer
Pennsylvania State Senate District 48
In office
Term ends
November 30, 2014
Years in position 8
Base salary$82,026/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Director of Public Safety, Lebanon City Council
Bachelor'sGrace College, 1978
Date of birthJanuary 2, 1956
Place of birthLebanon, PA
Office website
Mike Folmer has been a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate since 2007 with his term expiring in 2014. Folmer graduated with his Bachelor's degree in History from Grace College in 1968. Folmer is a former Sales Representative with various businesses.

Committee assignments


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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Chair
Labor & Industry, Vice Chair
Communications & Technology
Intergovernmental Operations
Rules & Executive Nominations
State Government
Urban Affairs & Housing


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


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


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mike Folmer endorsed Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential election. [1]



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Folmer won re-election in District 48. He was unopposed in the May 18 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Jo Ellen Litz in the November 2 general election.[2]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 48
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Folmer (R) 63,609
Jo Ellen Litz (D) 24,298


On November 7, 2006, Folmer was elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 48.[3]

Folmer raised $249,719 for this campaign.[4]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 48
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png FOLMER, MIKE (R) 54,425
LISS, JOHN R. (D) 31,442

Campaign themes

Folmer's campaign website listed five main issues:[5]

  • Legislative Reform "Audit the General Assembly for waste and abuse; make all legislative meetings public; require public comment on legislation; ban gifts to public officials."
  • Political Reform "Enact 12-year term limits for House and Senate members; term limit committee chairs; require instant online posting of legislative voting records; ban taxpayer funded "public service announcements."
  • Taxation and Spending Reform "Implement a "Taxpayers Bill of Rights" to limit spending increases; eliminate unfunded mandates; limit political distribution of tax dollars to special interests; require a three-fifths majority to pass a tax increase; work to eliminate property taxes."
  • Legal and Labor Law Reform "Give taxpayers a vote on legal reform measures; end unlimited jury awards and enforce a "loser pays" rule; allow Pennsylvanians to choose whether or not they want to join a union."
  • Standing Up for Life "Mike Folmer is a strong supporter of the right-to-life. He opposes abortion, and believes elected leaders must do more to promote a culture that welcomes and protects life at all stages."

Campaign donors


In 2010, Folmer received $186,988 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]


Folmer raised $249,719 during the 2006 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[7]

Donor Amount
Robert Guzzardi $28,400
Pennsylvania Republican Party $27,786
Friends of Jeff Piccola Committee $12,917
PAT PAC $12,000
R.M. Scaife $10,000
Fund for Pennsylvanians' Priorities $10,000
Sandra Usher $6,000
Glen Meakem $5,000
John Templeton, Jr. $4,800
Pennsylvania Business Council $3,300
Frederick Laurenzo $3,000

District 48

Folmer represents Pennsylvania Senate District 48. District 48 includes all of Lebanon County[8].


Mike is married to Sheila Folmer. They have two children and reside in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

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