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Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

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Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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Pennsylvania State Senate2012 Pennsylvania House Elections
Elections for the office of Pennsylvania State Senate were held in Pennsylvania on November 6, 2012. A total of 25 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was February 16, 2012. The primary election day was April 24, 2012.

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Pennsylvania State Senate:

Pennsylvania State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 23
     Republican Party 29 27
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 50 50

Incumbents retiring

A total of four incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Jane Earll Ends.png Republican Senate District 49
Jeffrey Piccola Ends.png Republican Senate District 15
John Pippy Ends.png Republican Senate District 37
Mary Jo White Ends.png Republican Senate District 21

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Pennsylvania in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 53 $11,102,031
2008 65 $24,543,650
2006 63 $14,917,052
2004 52 $12,825,488
2002 55 $14,065,748

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $11,102,031 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [2]

Donor Amount
Volpe Jr., Charles J $690,659
Students First $365,000
Republican Party of Pennsylvania $353,324
Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters & Joiners $341,650
Pennsylvania Republican Party $324,378
Friends of Dominic Pileggi $282,650
Pennsylvania Association for Justice $273,200
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association $270,000
Electrical Workers Local 98 $248,000
Templeton Jr., John M $154,500

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission approved its final compromise maps on April 12, 2012, following the rejection of the first set by the state Supreme Court. Because they were passed after the signature filing deadline, the 2012 elections were held using the old maps with the new maps going into effect for the 2014 elections.[3]

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.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lawrence Farnese 95,612 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Alfonso Gambone 20,421

District 3

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • Shirley Kitchen: 23,798 Approveda - Incumbent Kitchen first assumed office in 1997.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Shirley Kitchen 101,151 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • Mike Stack: 12,298 Approveda - Incumbent Stack first assumed office in 2001.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mike Stack 65,587 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Michael Tomlinson 25,954

District 7

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • Vincent Hughes: 26,142 Approveda - Incumbent Hughes first assumed office in 1995.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Vincent Hughes 105,146 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Patricia Worrell 58,769
Republican Party Dominic Pileggi 73,003 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • Judy Schwank: 11,164 Approveda - Incumbent Schwank first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Judy Schwank 63,796 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Karen Mogel 35,318

District 13

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:
  • Lloyd Smucker: 18,873 Approveda - Incumbent Smucker first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tom O'Brien 50,981
Republican Party Lloyd Smucker 64,153 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Incumbent Republican Jeffrey Piccola did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rob Teplitz 61,139 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John McNally 57,504

District 17

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • Daylin Leach: 11,467 Approveda - Incumbent Leach first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daylin Leach 78,508 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Charles Gehret 45,707

District 19

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • Andrew Dinniman: 8,969 Approveda - Incumbent Dinniman first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andrew Dinniman 83,589 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Christopher Amentas 61,914

District 21

Incumbent Republican Mary Jo White did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Scott Hutchinson 75,905 Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Luana Cleveland 28,771
Republican Party Gene Yaw 66,277 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:
  • Joseph Scarnati: 19,138 Approveda - Incumbent Scarnati first assumed office in 2001.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Joseph Scarnati 75,096 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:
  • John Gordner: 17,599 Approveda - Incumbent Gordner first assumed office in 2003.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party John Gordner 75,667 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tim Seip 44,365
Republican Party David Argall 56,837 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Patricia Vance 123,096 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • Bruce Neylon qualified for the general ballot through a write-in campaign.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:
  • Richard Alloway: 17,948 Approveda - Incumbent Alloway first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bruce Neylon 33,716
Republican Party Richard Alloway 81,503 Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • John Wozniak: 20,516 Approveda - Incumbent Wozniak first assumed office in 1997.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Wozniak 46,637 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Timothy Houser 44,844

District 37

Incumbent Republican John Pippy did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party D. Raja 63,854
Democratic Party Matt Smith 70,883 Green check mark transparent.png

District 39

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:
  • Kim Ward: 14,872 Approveda - Incumbent Ward first assumed office in 2009.
Independent Independent candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Kim Ward 92,984 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Ronald Gazze 13,946

District 41

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:
  • Don White: 19,171 Approveda - Incumbent White first assumed office in 2001.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Don White 82,761 Green check mark transparent.png

District 43

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • Jay Costa: 19,200 Approveda - Incumbent Costa first assumed office in 1997.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jay Costa 94,779 Green check mark transparent.png

District 45

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
  • James Brewster: 15,662 Approveda - Incumbent Brewster first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James Brewster 72,189 Green check mark transparent.png

District 47

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:
  • Elder Vogel: 11,727 Approveda - Incumbent Vogel first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kimberly Villella 43,348
Republican Party Elder Vogel 57,613 Green check mark transparent.png

District 49

Incumbent Republican Jane Earll did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party April 24 Democratic primary:
Republican Party April 24 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sean Wiley 60,921 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Janet Anderson 40,592

See also

External links

Pennsylvania Department of State, 2012 General Election Official Candidate List by Office

References