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From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives for seven years while the Republicans were the majority for 15 years. Pennsylvania was under Republican [[trifectas]] for the final three years of the study.
 
From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives for seven years while the Republicans were the majority for 15 years. Pennsylvania was under Republican [[trifectas]] for the final three years of the study.
  
Across the country, there were 579 Democratic and 482 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992-2013.
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Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.
  
 
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
 
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

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Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2014 session start:   January 2, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
Leadership
House Speaker:  Samuel Smith, (R)
Majority Leader:   Mike Turzai, (R)
Minority leader:   Frank Dermody, (D)
Structure
Members:  203
   Democratic Party (

93)
Republican Party (

110)
Vacant (2)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art II, Pennsylvania Constitution
Salary:   $82,026/year + per diem
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (203 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (203 seats)
Redistricting:  Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is the lower house of the Pennsylvania Legislature. There are 203 members elected to a two-year term, in November of the even numbered years. Each member represents an average of 62,573 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 60,498 residents.[2] The House convenes at the State Capitol in Harrisburg and each session begins on the first Tuesday on each January and each session ends on the discretion of the leadership of the House as each session end varies. The Governor at any time can call a special session. [3]

As of May 2013, Pennsylvania is one of 24 Republican state government trifectas.

Sessions

Article II of the Pennsylvania Constitution establishes when the Pennsylvania General Assembly, of which the House of Representatives is a part, is to meet. Section 4 of Article II states that the General Assembly is to convene its regular session on the first Tuesday of January each year.

Section 4 gives the Governor of Pennsylvania the authority to convene special sessions of the General Assembly either when he judges a special session to be in the public interest, or when a majority of each legislative House requests a special session.

2013

See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the General Assembly will be in session from January 2 to a date to be determined.

Major issues

Like many other states, Pennsylvania lawmakers will have to work on a budget deficit. Other issues include economic development, public pension reform, liquor privatization, and child abuse.[4]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House began its legislative session on January 3.

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House will be in session from January 4 through a date to be determined by the General Assembly. [5]

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House convened its legislative session on January 5, and it remained in session throughout the year.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives were held in Pennsylvania on November 6, 2012. All 203 seats were up for election.

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.

2010

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania's House of Representatives were held in Pennsylvania on November 2, 2010. House elections were held in all 203 districts.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 9, 2010. The primary election day was May 18, 2010.

In 2010, the candidates for state house raised a total of $35,488,143 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [7]

Qualifications

Under Article II of the Pennsylvania Constitution, Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age and Representatives twenty-one years of age. They shall have been citizens and inhabitants of their respective districts one year next before their election (unless absent on the public business of the United States or of this State) and shall reside in their respective districts during their terms of service.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the House, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. The Speaker of the House is responsible for calling an election. There are no deadlines set in the state constitution on when a special election can be held[8].

Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Pennsylvania

As far as legislative redistricting, the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission is responsible. This commission is normally made up of the majority and minority leaders of each legislative chamber, plus a fifth member selected by the other four to serve as chair. If the four cannot agree on a fifth, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decides. The commission has until the October of the redistricting year to submit a plan.

2010 census

Pennsylvania received its local census data on March 9, 2011. The state had a low 3.4 percent growth rate from 2000-2010. The five most populous cities showed mostly stagnation: Philadelphia grew by 0.6 percent, Pittsburgh decreased by 8.6 percent, Allentown grew by 10.7 percent, Erie decreased by 1.9 percent, and Reading grew by 8.5 percent. By county, the major standout was Forest County with a 56 percent rate of growth.[9]

On August 17, 2011, the Commission approved the census data and went to work on a preliminary map, which it passed on October 31, 2011 by a vote of 3-2. Democrats were not happy with the plan or the negotiation process. Final maps were approved on December 12, 2011 by a 4-1 vote, moving a Senate district and five House districts from west to east. There was a 30-day window to file appeals, of which 11 were filed. The state Supreme Court threw out the maps on January 25, 2012 after appeals were heard.

The commission met on April 12, 2012 to vote in favor of a compromise map, which contained two Senate district splits and 68 House splits. On June 8, the commission approved the final plan, which went to the state Supreme Court for final approval.

Representatives

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 93
     Republican Party 110
Total 203


The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the Pennsylvania State House.PNG

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Pennsylvania Legislature are paid $82,026/year during legislative sessions. Legislators receive $159/day (vouchered) tied to the federal rate, which they can receive actual expenses or per diem.[10]

Pension

Legislators in Pennsylvania are able to retire at age 50, while other state workers cannot retire until they turn 60. In 2011, the average legislative pension was $35,221 annually, while the average state employee pension was $23,491. According to former legislator David Mayernik, who began collecting a pension of $29,583 a year when he retired at age 50, the lowered retirement age was intended as compensation for small legislative salaries as well as the uncertainty of serving in office.[11]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Pennsylvania legislators assume office in January.

Leadership

The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. [12]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Samuel Smith Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Floor Leader Mike Turzai Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Whip Stanley Saylor Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Caucus Leader Sandra Major Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Caucus Secretary Mike Vereb Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Floor Leader Frank Dermody Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Whip Michael Hanna, Sr. Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Caucus Leader Dan Frankel Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Caucus Secretary Ronald Waters Electiondot.png Democratic

Current members

District Representative Party Residence
1 Patrick Harkins Electiondot.png Democratic Erie
2 Florindo Fabrizio Electiondot.png Democratic Erie
3 Ryan Bizzarro Electiondot.png Democratic Millcreek Township
4 Curtis Sonney Ends.png Republican Harborcreek Township
5 Greg Lucas Ends.png Republican Washington Township
6 Bradley Roae Ends.png Republican East Mead Township
7 Mark Longietti Electiondot.png Democratic Sharpsville
8 Richard Stevenson Ends.png Republican Grove City
9 Chris Sainato Electiondot.png Democratic New Castle
10 Jaret Gibbons Electiondot.png Democratic Ellwood City
11 Brian Ellis Ends.png Republican Meridian
12 Daryl Metcalfe Ends.png Republican Cranberry Township
13 John Lawrence Ends.png Republican London Grove Township
14 Jim Marshall Ends.png Republican Beaver Falls
15 Jim Christiana Ends.png Republican Beaver
16 Robert Matzie Electiondot.png Democratic Ambridge
17 Michele Brooks Ends.png Republican Jamestown
18 Gene DiGirolamo Ends.png Republican Bensalem
19 Jake Wheatley, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Pittsburgh
20 Adam Ravenstahl Electiondot.png Democratic Perry North
21 Dominic Costa Electiondot.png Democratic Pittsburgh
22 Erin Molchany Electiondot.png Democratic Pittsburgh
23 Dan Frankel Electiondot.png Democratic Pittsburgh
24 Edward Gainey Electiondot.png Democratic Pittsburgh
25 Joseph Markosek Electiondot.png Democratic Monroeville
26 Timothy Hennessey Ends.png Republican Pottstown
27 Daniel Deasy, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Pittsburgh
28 Mike Turzai Ends.png Republican Bradfordwoods
29 Bernard O'Neill Ends.png Republican Warminster
30 Hal English Ends.png Republican Shaler Township
31 Steve Santarsiero Electiondot.png Democratic Lower Makefield Township
32 Anthony DeLuca Electiondot.png Democratic Verona
33 Frank Dermody Electiondot.png Democratic Oakmont
34 Paul Costa Electiondot.png Democratic Pittsburgh
35 Marc Gergely Electiondot.png Democratic White Oak
36 Harry Readshaw, III Electiondot.png Democratic Pittsburgh
37 Mindy Fee Ends.png Republican Rapho Township
38 William Kortz, II Electiondot.png Democratic Dravosburg
39 Rick Saccone Ends.png Republican Elizabeth
40 John Maher Ends.png Republican Upper St. Clair
41 Ryan Aument Ends.png Republican Lancaster
42 Vacant
43 Keith Greiner Ends.png Republican West Lampeter Township
44 T. Mark Mustio Ends.png Republican Moon Township
45 Nick Kotik Electiondot.png Democratic Robinson Township
46 Jesse White Electiondot.png Democratic Cecil
47 Keith Gillespie Ends.png Republican York
48 Brandon Neuman Electiondot.png Democratic Canonsburg
49 Peter Daley, II Electiondot.png Democratic Donora
50 Pam Snyder Electiondot.png Democratic Waynesburg
51 Tim Mahoney Electiondot.png Democratic Uniontown
52 Deberah Kula Electiondot.png Democratic North Union Township
53 Robert Godshall Ends.png Republican Franconia Township
54 Eli Evankovich Ends.png Republican New Kensington
55 Joseph Petrarca Electiondot.png Democratic Vandergrift
56 George Dunbar Ends.png Republican North Huntingdon Township
57 Tim Krieger Ends.png Republican Delmont
58 R. Ted Harhai Electiondot.png Democratic Monessen
59 Mike Reese Ends.png Republican Mount Pleasant Township
60 Jeffrey Pyle Ends.png Republican Ford City
61 Catherine Harper Ends.png Republican Lower Gwynedd Township
62 Dave Reed Ends.png Republican Indiana
63 Donna Oberlander Ends.png Republican Clarion
64 R. Lee James Ends.png Republican Oil City
65 Kathy Rapp Ends.png Republican Warren
66 Samuel Smith Ends.png Republican Punxsutawney
67 Martin Causer Ends.png Republican Port Allegany
68 Matthew Baker Ends.png Republican Wellsboro
69 Carl Metzgar Ends.png Republican Berlin
70 Matthew Bradford Electiondot.png Democratic Worcester Township
71 Bryan Barbin Electiondot.png Democratic Johnstown
72 Frank Burns Electiondot.png Democratic East Taylor Township
73 Gary Haluska Electiondot.png Democratic Patton
74 Thomas Sankey Ends.png Republican Houtzdale
75 Matt Gabler Ends.png Republican DuBois
76 Michael Hanna, Sr. Electiondot.png Democratic Lock Haven
77 H. Scott Conklin Electiondot.png Democratic Rush Township
78 Dick Hess Ends.png Republican Bedford
79 John McGinnis Ends.png Republican Altoona
80 Jerry Stern Ends.png Republican Martinsburg
81 Michael Fleck Ends.png Republican Three Springs
82 C. Adam Harris Ends.png Republican Mifflintown
83 Richard Mirabito Electiondot.png Democratic Williamsport
84 Garth Everett Ends.png Republican Muncy
85 Fred Keller Ends.png Republican Lewisburg
86 Mark Keller Ends.png Republican New Bloomfield
87 Glen Grell Ends.png Republican Hampden Township
88 Sheryl Delozier Ends.png Republican Lower Allen Township
89 Rob Kauffman Ends.png Republican Chambersburg
90 Todd Rock Ends.png Republican Mont Alto
91 Dan Moul Ends.png Republican Conewago Township
92 Mike Regan Ends.png Republican Carroll Township
93 Ronald Miller Ends.png Republican Jacobus
94 Stanley Saylor Ends.png Republican Red Lion
95 Vacant
96 P. Michael Sturla Electiondot.png Democratic Lancaster
97 Steven Mentzer Ends.png Republican Lancaster
98 David Hickernell Ends.png Republican West Donegal Township
99 Gordon Denlinger Ends.png Republican Ephrata
100 Bryan Cutler Ends.png Republican Quarryville
101 Mauree Gingrich Ends.png Republican Palmyra
102 RoseMarie Swanger Ends.png Republican North Lebanon Township
103 Patty Kim Electiondot.png Democratic Harrisburg
104 Susan Helm Ends.png Republican Susquehanna Township
105 Ronald Marsico Ends.png Republican Harrisburg
106 John Payne Ends.png Republican Hummelstown
107 Kurt Masser Ends.png Republican Mount Carmel
108 Lynda Schlegel-Culver Ends.png Republican Upper Augusta Township
109 David Millard Ends.png Republican Berwick
110 Tina Pickett Ends.png Republican Towanda
111 Sandra Major Ends.png Republican Montrose
112 Kevin Haggerty Electiondot.png Democratic Dunmore
113 Martin Flynn Electiondot.png Democratic Scranton
114 Sid Michaels Kavulich Electiondot.png Democratic Old Forge
115 Frank Farina Electiondot.png Democratic Olyphant
116 Tarah Toohil Ends.png Republican Butler Township
117 Karen Boback Ends.png Republican Harveys Lake
118 Mike Carroll Electiondot.png Democratic Avoca
119 Gerald Mullery Electiondot.png Democratic Nanticoke
120 Phyllis Mundy Electiondot.png Democratic Kingston
121 Eddie Day Pashinski Electiondot.png Democratic Wilkes Barre
122 Doyle Heffley Ends.png Republican Summit Hill
123 Neal Goodman Electiondot.png Democratic Mahanoy City
124 Jerry Knowles Ends.png Republican Tamaqua
125 Mike Tobash Ends.png Republican Wayne Township
126 Mark Rozzi Electiondot.png Democratic Temple
127 Thomas Caltagirone Electiondot.png Democratic Reading
128 Mark Gillen Ends.png Republican Reading
129 Jim Cox Ends.png Republican Sinking Spring
130 David Maloney Ends.png Republican Boyertown
131 Justin Simmons Ends.png Republican Lower Saucon Township
132 Michael Schlossberg Electiondot.png Democratic Allentown
133 Daniel McNeill Electiondot.png Democratic Fountain Hill
134 Ryan Mackenzie Ends.png Republican Allentown
135 Steve Samuelson Electiondot.png Democratic Bethlehem
136 Robert Freeman Electiondot.png Democratic Easton
137 Joe Emrick Ends.png Republican Nazareth
138 Marcia Hahn Ends.png Republican Nazareth
139 Michael Peifer Ends.png Republican Honesdale
140 John Galloway Electiondot.png Democratic Bristol
141 Tina Davis Electiondot.png Democratic Levittown
142 Frank Farry Ends.png Republican Langhorne
143 Marguerite Quinn Ends.png Republican Doylestown
144 Katherine Watson Ends.png Republican Warminster
145 Paul Clymer Ends.png Republican Sellersville
146 Mark Painter Electiondot.png Democratic Pottstown
147 Marcy Toepel Ends.png Republican Douglass Township (Mont.)
148 Mary Jo Daley Electiondot.png Democratic Conshohocken
149 Tim Briggs Electiondot.png Democratic Upper Merion Township
150 Mike Vereb Ends.png Republican West Norriton Township
151 Todd Stephens Ends.png Republican Ambler
152 Thomas Murt Ends.png Republican Hatboro
153 Madeleine Dean Electiondot.png Democratic Abington Township
154 Steve McCarter Electiondot.png Democratic Jenkintown
155 Becky Corbin Ends.png Republican East Brandywine Township
156 Dan Truitt Ends.png Republican West Chester
157 Warren Kampf Ends.png Republican Tredyffrin Township
158 Chris Ross Ends.png Republican Kennett Square
159 Thaddeus Kirkland Electiondot.png Democratic Chester
160 Stephen Barrar Ends.png Republican Aston
161 Joe Hackett Ends.png Republican Swarthmore
162 Nick Miccarelli Ends.png Republican Ridley Park
163 Nicholas Micozzie Ends.png Republican Upper Darby Township
164 Margo Davidson Electiondot.png Democratic Upper Darby Township
165 William Adolph, Jr. Ends.png Republican Springfield
166 Gregory Vitali Electiondot.png Democratic Havertown
167 Duane Milne Ends.png Republican West Chester
168 Thomas Killion Ends.png Republican Newtown Square
169 Edward Neilson Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
170 Brendan Boyle Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
171 Kerry Benninghoff Ends.png Republican Bellefonte
172 Kevin Boyle Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
173 Michael McGeehan Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
174 John Sabatina, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
175 Michael O'Brien Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
176 Mario Scavello Ends.png Republican Mount Pocono
177 John Taylor Ends.png Republican Philadelphia
178 Scott Petri Ends.png Republican New Hope
179 James Clay Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
180 Angel Cruz Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
181 W. Curtis Thomas Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
182 Brian Sims Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
183 Julie Harhart Ends.png Republican North Catasauqua
184 William Keller Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
185 Maria Donatucci Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
186 Jordan Harris Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
187 Gary Day Ends.png Republican Heidelberg Township
188 James Roebuck, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
189 Rosemary Brown Ends.png Republican Smithfield Township
190 Vanessa Lowery Brown Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
191 Ronald Waters Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
192 Louise Williams Bishop Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
193 Will Tallman Ends.png Republican Reading Township
194 Pamela Delissio Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
195 Michelle Brownlee Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
196 Seth Grove Ends.png Republican Dover Township
197 J.P. Miranda Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
198 Rosita Youngblood Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
199 Stephen Bloom Ends.png Republican Carlisle
200 Cherelle Parker Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
201 Stephen Kinsey Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
202 Mark Cohen Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia
203 Dwight Evans Electiondot.png Democratic Philadelphia

Standing committees

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House Committees

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Agriculture & Rural AffairsAppropriations
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Health & Human ServicesInsurance
JudiciaryLabor & Industry
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Professional LicensureRulesState Government
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Joint Committees
Senate Committees

The Pennsylvania House has 27 standing committees:

Decommissioned Committees

History

Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Pennsylvania’’
Partisan breakdown of the Pennsylvania legislature from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives for seven years while the Republicans were the majority for 15 years. Pennsylvania was under Republican trifectas for the final three years of the study.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Senate and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Pennsylvania state government(1992-2013).PNG

External links

References