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Pat Browne
Pennsylvania State Senate District 16
In office
Term ends
November 30, 2014
Years in position 10
Majority Whip, Pennsylvania State Senate
President Pro Tempore, Pennsylvania State Senate
Base salary$82,026/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedMay 3, 2005
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Notre Dame, 1986
J.D.Temple University, 1993
Date of birthDecember 8, 1963
Place of birthAllentown, PA
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Patrick 'Pat' M. Browne (b. December 8, 1963) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber after he won a special election on May 3, 2005. He currently serves as the State Senate Majority Whip.

Browne served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1994 to 2005.


Browne earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Notre Dame in 1986 and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1993. His professional experience includes working as an accountant and an attorney.

Committee assignments


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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules & Executive Nominations, Vice Chair
Banking & Insurance
Community, Economic & Recreational Development
Labor & Industry
Joint State Government Commission


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


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


Campaign themes

Browne's campaign website listed the following 11 areas of legislative accomplishments:[1]

  • Reform Initiatives Excerpt: Browne “is leading the effort not only to develop a responsible means of funding the impending financial challenges facing these funds, but also to change the systems to more affordable 401(k) plans.”
  • Job Creation Excerpt: Browne “sponsored the ‘Pennsylvania Job Creation Act of 2006,’ which initiated important tax cuts/changes to make Pennsylvania’s climate for job creators more competitive.”
  • Reducing Taxes Excerpt: Browne “wrote the ‘Tax Uniform Procedures Act,’ which creates a tax system that is fairer and easier for both individuals and businesses to comply with. This was the first major reform of the appeals and audit section of the Tax Reform Code in 30 years.”
  • Small Business Investment Excerpt: “Browne wrote the ‘Small Business Jobs Investment Act,’ which makes changes to tax reform code to allow for greater access to private capital by small business corporations.”
  • Education Excerpt: Browne “is the author of the statewide study to determine the basic cost per pupil to provide an education that will permit a student to meet the State's academic standards and assessments” which was “used to develop the first major reform in Pennsylvania’s education funding formula in over 30 years.”
  • Children and Youth Excerpt: Browne “sponsored the ‘Ounce of Prevention Act,’ which invests in programs that provide support for at-risk families and their newborn children.”
  • Health and Safety Excerpt: Browne “authored comprehensive amendments to Pennsylvania’s ‘Hazardous Materials and Emergency Response Act’ to protect businesses and citizens from the potential danger of hazardous materials in their vicinity.”
  • Crime Excerpt: Browne “sponsored the ‘Bail Reform Act,’ which would allow for the denial of bail for offenses where the maximum sentence is life imprisonment or for cases where there are no conditions other than imprisonment that will reasonably protect public safety.”
  • Housing and Finance Excerpt: Browne “sponsored ‘The Mortgage Reform Act of 2008,’ which targeted predatory and other questionable mortgage lending practices in Pennsylvania and required licensing of first and secondary mortgage originators.”
  • Industry Browne “sponsored amendments to the ‘Mechanics Lien Law,’ to ensure that title to residential property is not impaired by conflicts between general and subcontractors”
  • Local Issue Browne “was the Republican prime sponsor on the ‘Lehigh Valley Gaming Revenue Sharing Act,’ which allows for the first ever regional plan in the Lehigh Valley to share public revenue among the Valley’s municipal and county governments.”



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Browne won re-election to District 16. He was unopposed in the May 18 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Richard Orloski in the November 2 general election.[2]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 16
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Pat Browne (R) 46,402
Richard Orloski (D) 29,028


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Browne was re-elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 16.[3]

Browne raised $484,052 for this campaign.[4]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 16
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png BROWNE, PAT (R) 38,764

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Browne raised $384,418 during the 2010 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[5]

Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Republican Party $29,848
Pennsylvania Institute of Cpas $16,902
Students First $15,000
PPL Corp $12,680
Uliana, Joseph M $9,425


Piccola raised $484,052 during the 2006 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[6]

Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Republican Party $173,138
Senate Republican Campaign Committee of Pennsylvania $80,580
Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs $11,400
PPL Corp. $7,900
Louis Pektor, III $7,500
Phyllis Grube $6,082
Richard Thulin $5,000
David Jaindl $5,000
J.B. Reilly $5,000
Michael Grabarits $5,000
Pennsylvania Future Fund $5,000
Elmer Gates $5,000


Pat is married to Heather Browne and reside in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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