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Pennsylvania State Senate
|Pennsylvania State Senate|
|2015 session start:||January 4, 2011|
|Website:||Official Senate Page|
|Senate President:||Jim Cawley, (R)|
|Majority Leader:||Dominic Pileggi, (R)|
|Minority leader:||Jay Costa, (D)|
| Democratic Party (20) |
Republican Party (30)
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Art II, Sec 3, Pennsylvania Constitution|
|Salary:||$21,612/year + per diem|
|Last Election:||November 2, 2010 (25 seats)|
|Next election:||November 6, 2012 (25 seats)|
|Redistricting:||Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission|
The Pennsylvania senate is a continuing body during the term for which its senators are elected. It meets at noon on the first Tuesday of January and then regularly throughout the year. When the Pennsylvania Constitution stipulates that the General Assembly must meet in regular session annually, that means the session of one year must adjourn by noon of the first Tuesday of the following year. Two regular sessions cannot meet at the same time.
The General Assembly must also adjourn by midnight, November 30, in even-numbered years due to the expiration of the terms of office of all House members and half the Senate. The Lieutenant Governor, as President of the Senate, can cast a tie-breaking vote on any question except the final passage of a bill or joint resolution, the adoption of a conference report, or the concurrence in amendments made by the House of Representatives.
Article II of the Pennsylvania Constitution establishes when the Pennsylvania General Assembly, of which the Senate 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.
- See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions
In 2011, the Senate will be in session from January 4 through a date to be determined by the General Assembly. 
- See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions
The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 9, 2010. The primary election day was May 18, 2010.
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.
If there is a vacancy in the Senate, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. The Senate President must call for a special election. There are no deadlines set in the state constitution on when a special election can be held.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2010, members of the Pennsylvania Senate are paid $78,314.66/year during legislative sessions. Legislators receive $154 GSA method and $163 IRS High/Low Method.
The $78,314.66/year that Pennsylvania senators are paid as of 2010 is an increase over the $73,613/year they were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. Per diem has increased from $129/day in 2007 to $154 GSA method and $163 High/Low Method in 2010.
When sworn in
Pennsylvania legislators assume office in January.
- See also: Partisan composition of state senates
|Party||As of March 2015|
List of current members
The Pennsylvania Senate has 21 standing committees:
- Aging & Youth Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Appropriations Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Banking & Insurance Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Communications & Technology Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Education Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Environmental Resources & Energy Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Finance Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Game & Fisheries Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Judiciary Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Labor & Industry Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Law & Justice Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Local Government Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Public Health & Welfare Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Rules & Executive Nominations Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- State Government Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Transportation Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Urban Affairs & Housing Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, Pennsylvania Senate
- Pennsylvania State Senate official website
- Official list of members of the Pennsylvania State Senate
- Project Vote Smart profile of Pennsylvania Senate
- Pennsylvania State Senate on Wikipedia
- Pennsylvania Constitution, Article 2, Section 3
- List of state legislative term limits
- Population in 2000 of the American states
- "Pennsylvania General Assembly" About the Pennsylvania Senate, March 3, 2009
- 2011 Legislative Sessions Calendar, NCSL
- 2010 session dates for Pennsylvania legislature
- State of Pennsylvania "Pennsylvania Constitution"(Referenced Section, Article II, Section 2)
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "2010 Legislator Compensation Data"
- Empire Center, "Legislative Salaries Per State as of 2007"
- Pennsylvania General Assembly FAQ
- Officers of the Pennsylvania Senate
State of Pennsylvania
|State executive offices||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | Auditor General | Secretary of Education | Commissioner of Insurance | Secretary of Agriculture | Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources | Secretary of Labor & Industry | Chairman of Public Utilities |