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|Pennsylvania State Senate District 31|
|November 30, 2012|
|Years in position||8|
|Per diem||No per diem|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next election||November 6, 2012|
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
|Other||RN, Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing, 1957|
|Birthday||March 19, 1936|
|Place of birth||Williamsport, PA|
Before serving in the Pennsylvania State Senate, Vance was the Recorder of Deeds for Cumberland County from 1978 to 1990 and was a practicing Registered Nurse. Vance graduated with her Nursing degree from Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing in 1957.
PoliticsPA has named the District 31 Republican primary one of Pennsylvania's top ten most interesting legislative primaries in 2012. According to preliminary campaign finance reports, incumbent Vance has outspent challenger Andrew Shaw 10-1. Shaw's $160,000 in campaign expenditures tops the list of candidates for whom reports have been processed.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Vance has been appointed to these committees:
- Banking & Insurance
- Communications & Technology
- Public Health & Welfare, Chair
- Capitol Preservation
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Vance served on these committees:
On her 2012 campaign website, Rich outlines his campaign themes and policy goals:
- Limiting Elected Officials' Salaries and Pensions: "For more than 15 years, Sen. Pat Vance has been working to limit the growth of elected officials’ salaries and pensions... As a member of the General Assembly, Sen. Vance does not take a per diem, lease a car from the state or accept mileage reimbursement for travel to the Capitol or district office. Since 2008, she has returned her annual COLA to the state Treasury."
- Protecting the Most Vulnerable: "Adults with cognitive or physical disabilities are further protected under a law authored by Sen. Pat Vance. The law created an Adult Protective Services system with clearly defined procedures for filing complaints of abuse, neglect and exploitation against adults ages 18 to 59 with disabilities. Prior to enactment of the law, there were protective service systems for children and older adults. This law filled the gap. The law also provided for investigation of complaints and the development of service plans to remove the adult from imminent harm and provide for long-term needs..."
- Empowering Older Adults: "When selecting a facility for an older family member or friend, it is important to have complete information. Thanks to Sen. Pat Vance, family and friends can clearly understand the different options available through tough, but fair licensing requirements for assisted living facilities..."
- Balancing Industry and Natural Resources: "Marcellus Shale has provided a big boon to some parts of the Commonwealth, but Sen. Pat Vance believes local control and protection of the state’s natural resources need to be balanced with expanded drilling... Sen. Vance believes Act 13 of 2012 goes too far by forcing municipalities to allow drilling in all types of zones, except densely-populated residential areas.... Each municipality’s leaders know best where Marcellus drilling would be the least disruptive to the community..."
- Supporting the Community: "Nonprofit and charitable organizations support countless community events and activities. Sen. Pat Vance strongly supported a new law that increases the amount of money these organizations can raise through small games of chance. The Small Games of Chance Act had not been updated for 24 years, thus making it more difficult for these organizations to raise money and maintain their operations."
- Protecting Gun Owners Rights: "In 2011 Sen. Pat Vance supported legislation to protect gun owners who act in self-defense through expansion of the Castle Doctrine. Act 10 of 2011 removes the duty to retreat for those threatened by an attacker in any place that an individual has a right to be, including his or her home or vehicle. The law provides important protections against criminal prosecution or civil litigation for those who act to defend themselves..."
- Encouraging Access to Government Records: "Sen. Vance also helped expand and strengthen the Commonwealth’s Right to Know Law by co-sponsoring Act 3 of 2008. The law made it easier for the public to review government records and put the burden of proof on a government agency that seeks to deny access to a record."
On March 26, the Republican primary candidates participated in a debate hosted by the Republican Club of York County. Coverage of the debate can be found here.
Vance is running in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 31. Vance defeated Andrew Shaw in the Republican primary on April 24 and is unopposed in the general election which takes place on November 6, 2012.
On November 4, 2008, Vance was re-elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 31.
Vance raised $206,144 for this campaign.
|Pennsylvania State Senate District 31|
|VANCE, PATRICIA H. (R)||92,959|
|KISKIS, SUSAN (D)||37,406|
Vance raised $206,144 during the 2008 election cycle.
Her top contributors are listed below.
|Eli Lilly & Co.||$3,500|
|Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania||$3,470|
|Pennsylvania Association of Realtors||$3,270|
|Wayne and Carrie Pecht||$3,250|
|Pennsylvania State Troopers Association||$2,500|
|Pennsylvania Financial Services Association||$2,330|
Vance represents Pennsylvania Senate District 31. District 31 includes the City of Shippensburg and Shippensburg University in Cumberland County.
Patricia is widowed and resides in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
- Senator Pat Vance, Personal website
- Re-elect Pat Vance, Campaign website
- Profile from the Pennsylvania Senate website
- Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Sen. Vance's website
- ↑ PoliticsPA, "Top 10 Most Interesting Pa. House & Senate Primaries," April 3, 2012
- ↑ York Daily Record, "Candidates for Pennsylvania General Assembly spent more than $400,000 between January and early April," April 19, 2012
- ↑ "Pennsylvania Senate" List of Standing Committee Assignments
- ↑ Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 Primary Candidate List In Ballot Order," March 26, 2012
- ↑ "Pennsylvania State Senate official election results for 2008"
- ↑ Follow the Money's report on 2008 campaign contributions
- ↑ 2008 Campaign contributors to Pat Vance
- ↑ "Pennsylvania Senate" Map of Pennsylvania Senate Districts
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