Pennsylvania State Senate

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Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania General Assembly
Seal of the Senate of Pennsylvania.svg
Term limits
New session started
January 1, 2019
John Fetterman (D)
since January 15, 2019
Joe Scarnati (R)
since January 2, 2007
Majority Leader
Jake Corman (R)
since January 6, 2015
Minority Leader
Jay Costa (D)
since January 4, 2011
Pennsylvania State Senate Partisan Composition.svg
Political groups
Majority caucus

Minority caucus

Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle II, Pennsylvania Constitution
Salary$88,610/year [1]
Last election
November 6, 2018
(25 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(25 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State Senate

The Pennsylvania State Senate is the upper house of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Pennsylvania state legislature. The State Senate meets in the State Capitol building in Harrisburg. Senators are elected for four year terms, staggered every two years such that half of the seats are contested at each election. [2] Even numbered seats and odd numbered seats are contested in separate election years. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate becomes the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in the event of the sitting Lieutenant Governor's removal, resignation or death. In this case the President Pro Tempore and Lieutenant Governor would be the same person. [3] The Pennsylvania Senate has been meeting since 1791.


The President of the Senate is the Lieutenant Governor, who has no vote except in the event of an otherwise tie vote.

Senate leadership

President of the Senate: John Fetterman (D)
President Pro Tem of the Senate: Joe Scarnati (R)

Majority party (R)Leadership positionMinority party (D)
Jake Corman Floor Leader Jay Costa
John Gordner Whip Anthony H. Williams
Bob Mensch Caucus Chairman Wayne D. Fontana
Ryan Aument Caucus Secretary Larry Farnese
Pat Browne Appropriations Committee Chairman Vincent Hughes
Dave Argall Policy Committee Chairman Lisa Boscola
Kim Ward Caucus Administrator John Blake


Historical sessions

(shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
1995–1996 session2921500
1997–1998 session3020500
1999–2000 session3020500
2001–2002 session3020500
2003–2004 session2921500
2005–2006 session3020500
2007–2008 session2921500
2009–2010 session3020500
2011–2012 session3020500
2013–2014 session2723500
2015–2016 session3020500
2016–2017 session3119500
2017–2018 session3416500
2018–2019 session2822500
2019–2020 session2921500

Current session

(shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Ind Democratic Vacant
Begin 2019 [4] 28021491
February 28, 2019 [5] 26473
April 2, 2019 [6] 22482
May 21, 2019 [7] 28500
September 18, 2019 [8] 27491
November 19, 2019 [9] 121
January 14, 2020 [10] 28500
Latest voting share


The Senate is made up of 50 members who are elected by district. In 2012, a State Senate district had an average population of 254,047 residents.

List of current members

DistrictRepresentativePartyResidenceCounties representedTerm endsFirst elected
1 Larry Farnese Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 20202008
2 Christine Tartaglione Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 20221994
3 Sharif Street Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 20202016
4 Arthur L. Haywood III Dem Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 20222014
5 John Sabatina Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 20202015
6 Tommy Tomlinson Rep Bensalem Township Bucks 20221994
7 Vincent Hughes Dem Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 20201994
8 Anthony H. Williams Dem Philadelphia Delaware, Philadelphia 20221998
9 Tom Killion Rep Middletown Township Chester, Delaware 20202016
10 Steve Santarsiero Dem Lower Makefield Township Bucks 20222018
11 Judy Schwank Dem Fleetwood Berks 20202011
12 Maria Collett Dem Lower Gwynedd Township Bucks, Montgomery 20222018
13 Scott Martin Rep West Lampeter Township Lancaster 20202016
14 John Yudichak Ind. Plymouth Township Carbon, Luzerne 20222010
15 John DiSanto Rep Susquehanna Township Dauphin, Perry 20202016
16 Pat Browne Rep Allentown Lehigh 20222005
17 Daylin Leach Dem Upper Merion Township Delaware, Montgomery 20202008
18 Lisa Boscola Dem Bethlehem Township Lehigh, Northampton 20221998
19 Andy Dinniman Dem West Whiteland Township Chester 20202006
20 Lisa Baker Rep Lehman Township Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming 20222006
21 Scott Hutchinson Rep Oil City Butler, Clarion, Forest, Venango, Warren 20202012
22 John Blake Dem Archbald Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe 20222010
23 Eugene Yaw Rep Loyalsock Township Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union 20202008
24 Bob Mensch Rep Marlborough Township Berks, Bucks, Montgomery 20222009
25 Joe Scarnati Rep Brockway Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga 20202000
26 Tim Kearney Dem Swarthmore Chester, Delaware 20222018
27 John Gordner Rep Berwick Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder 20202003
28 Kristin Phillips-Hill Rep York Township York 20222018
29 Dave Argall Rep Rush Township Berks, Schuylkill 20202009
30 Judy Ward Rep Hollidaysburg Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon 20222018
31 Mike Regan Rep Carroll Township Cumberland, York 20202016
32 Patrick J. Stefano Rep Bullskin Township Fayette, Somerset, Westmoreland 20222014
33 Douglas V. Mastriano Rep Greene Township Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, York 20202019 [note 1]
34 Jake Corman Rep Benner Township Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin 20221998
35 Wayne Langerholc Rep Johnstown Bedford, Cambria, Clearfield 20202016
36 Ryan Aument Rep East Hempfield Township Lancaster 20222014
37 Pam Iovino Dem Mt. Lebanon Allegheny, Washington 20202019 [note 2]
38 Lindsey Williams Dem West View Allegheny 20222018
39 Kim Ward Rep Hempfield Township Westmoreland 20202008
40 Mario Scavello Rep Mount Pocono Monroe, Northampton 20222014
41 Joe Pittman Rep Indiana Armstrong, Butler, Indiana, Westmoreland 20202019 [note 3]
42 Wayne D. Fontana Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 20222005
43 Jay Costa Dem Forest Hills Allegheny 20201996
44 Katie Muth Dem Royersford Berks, Chester, Montgomery 20222018
45 Jim Brewster Dem McKeesport Allegheny, Westmoreland 20202010
46 Camera Bartolotta Rep Monongahela Beaver, Greene, Washington 20222014
47 Elder Vogel Rep New Sewickley Township Beaver, Butler, Lawrence 20202008
48 Dave Arnold Rep South Lebanon Township Dauphin, Lebanon, York 20222020 [note 4]
49 Dan Laughlin Rep Millcreek Township Erie 20202016
50 Michele Brooks Rep Jamestown Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Warren 20222014
  1. Elected in special election on May 21, 2019, to fill unexpired term.
  2. Elected in special election on April 2, 2019, to fill unexpired term.
  3. Elected in special election on May 21, 2019, to fill unexpired term.
  4. Elected in special election on January 14, 2020, to fill unexpired term.

Committee assignments

Standing committeeMajority membershipMinority membership
Aging & Youth
Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Banking & Insurance
Communications & Technology
Community, Economic & Recreational Development
Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure
Environmental Resources & Energy
Game & Fisheries
Health & Human Services
Intergovernmental Operations
Labor & Industry
Law & Justice
Local Government
Rules & Executive Nominations
State Government
Urban Affairs & Housing
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparednesss


Past composition of the Senate

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  1. The Pennsylvania Manual, pp. 3–7.
  2. Article II, section 3, Pennsylvania Constitution .
  3. Article IV, section 14, Pennsylvania Constitution.
  4. Republican Guy Reschenthaler (District 37) resigned before the beginning of the session after being sworn into the 116th United States Congress.
  5. Republicans Richard Alloway (District 33) and Donald C. White (District 41) resigned.
  6. Democrat Pam Iovino elected to succeed Reschenthaler.
  7. Republicans Douglas V. Mastriano (District 33) and Joe Pittman (District 41) elected to succeed Alloway and White, respectively.
  8. Republican Mike Folmer (District 48) resigned.
  9. John Yudichak (District 14) switched parties from Democratic to Independent and began caucusing with the Republican majority.
  10. Republican Dave Arnold (District 48) elected to succeed Folmer.
  11. "Committees of the Senate". Pennsylvania State Senate. The Senate of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 17 December 2019.


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