Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Joseph R. Pitts Republican Party
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Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 16th congressional district of Pennsylvania will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Pennsylvania is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Joseph R. Pitts (R), who was first elected in 1996.

Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District is located in the southeastern region of Pennsylvania and is just west of Philadelphia. It includes Lancaster and Chester counties.[4]


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May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[7] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[8] Joseph Pitts voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[9]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[10] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Joseph Pitts voted against HR 2775.[11]

Campaign contributions

Joseph Pitts

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Joseph R. Pitts' reports.[12]

Joseph R. Pitts (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2013$183,946.14$164,029.00$(54,533.88)$293,441.26
Mid-Year Report[14]July 15, 2013$293,441.26$223,403.31$(188,135.57)$328,709.00
October Quarterly[15]October 13, 2013$328,709.00$88,135.00$(114,395.27)$302,448.73
Year-End[16]January 29, 2014$302,448$96,793$(71,969)$327,272
April Quarterly[17]April 14, 2014$327,272.34$174,807.77$(81,873.81)$420,206.30
Running totals

District history


The 16th congressional district of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Joseph R. Pitts won re-election in the district.[18]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Aryanna Strader 39% 111,185
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph R. Pitts Incumbent 54.8% 156,192
     Independent John Murphy 4.3% 12,250
     Independent James Bednarski 1.8% 5,154
Total Votes 284,781
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Pitts won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Lois Herr in the general election.[19]

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 16 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph R. Pitts Incumbent 65.4% 134,113
     Democratic Lois Herr 34.6% 70,994
Total Votes 205,107

See also

External links


  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Pennsylvania Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  6. Daily Local, "Houghton to announce for Congressional bid," accessed January 28, 2014
  7. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  11. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Pitts 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Mid-Year Report," accessed July 22, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Pitts Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  18. Politico "2012 Election Map, Pennsylvania"
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"