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Pennsylvania State Senate District 48

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Pennsylvania State Senate District 48
Current incumbentMike Folmer Republican Party
Ethnicity2.3% Black, 5.1% Hispanic[1]
Voting age77% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Pennsylvania's forty-eighth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Mike Folmer.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 278,934 civilians reside within Pennsylvania's forty-eighth state senate district.[2] Pennsylvania state senators represent an average of 254,048 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 245,621 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Pennsylvania State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Pennsylvania legislators assume office in January.


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.


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.[3]


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.[4]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

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.[5]



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in that election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Mike Folmer was unopposed in the Republican primary. Folmer was unchallenged in the general election.[6][7]


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 18, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 9, 2010. Incumbent Mike Folmer (R) defeated Jo Ellen Litz (D) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[8][9]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 48, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Folmer Incumbent 72.4% 63,609
     Democratic Jo Ellen Litz 27.6% 24,298
Total Votes 87,907

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Pennsylvania State Senate District 48 have raised a total of $3,503,585. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $291,965 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Pennsylvania State Senate District 48
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $68,288 1 $68,288
2010 $246,539 2 $123,270
2008 $59,925 1 $59,925
2006 $1,405,352 3 $468,451
2004 $1,002,248 2 $501,124
2002 $643,174 2 $321,587
2000 $78,059 1 $78,059
Total $3,503,585 12 $291,965

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