Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Patrick Meehan Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Patrick Meehan Republican Party
Patrick Meehan.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Pennsylvania will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 11, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Pennsylvania has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Patrick Meehan (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District is located in the southeast region of Pennsylvania and borders the states of Delaware and New Jersey. It includes portions of Lancaster, Chester, Montgomery and Berks counties[3] On March 30, 2012, the 7th District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting.[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] Patrick Meehan voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[9]

Voted "Yes" 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. Patrick Meehan voted for HR 2775.[11]

Campaign contributions

Patrick Meehan

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Patrick Meehan's reports.[12]

District history


The 7th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Patrick Meehan won re-election in the district.[18]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic George Badey 40.6% 143,509
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Meehan Incumbent 59.4% 209,942
Total Votes 353,451
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Meehan won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Bryan Lentz and James D. Schneller in the general election.[19]

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 7 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Meehan 54.9% 137,825
     Democratic Bryan Lentz 44% 110,314
     American Congress Party James D. Schneller 1.1% 2,708
Total Votes 250,847

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 8, 2014," accessed August 21, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. Pennsylvania Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  4. National Journal "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS" accessed March 31, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  6. Delco Times, "Rep. Meehan visits Riddle's ER to assess Affordable Care Act implementation," accessed March 11, 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, "Patrick Meehan 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Meehan 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"