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 5, 2021
John Fetterman (D)
since January 15, 2019
Jake Corman (R)
since November 12, 2020
Majority Leader
Kim Ward (R)
since November 12, 2020
Minority Leader
Jay Costa (D)
since January 4, 2011
Pennsylvania State Senate Partisan Composition.svg
Political groups
Majority caucus
  •   Republican (28)
  •   Independent (1)

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
Senate Chamber, Pennsylvania State Capitol Building.jpg
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: Jake Corman (R)

Majority party (R)Leadership positionMinority party (D)
Kim Ward Floor Leader Jay Costa
John Gordner Whip Anthony H. Williams
Bob Mensch Caucus Chairman Wayne D. Fontana
Ryan Aument Caucus Secretary Maria Collett
Pat Browne Appropriations Committee Chairman Vincent Hughes
Dave Argall Policy Committee Chairman Katie Muth
TBDCaucus 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

As of January 17,2021:


(shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Ind Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature28121500
January 5, 2021 [4] 28120491
January 13, 2021 [5] 28121500
January 17, 2021 [6] 27121491
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 Nikil Saval Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 20242020
2 Christine Tartaglione Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 20221994
3 Sharif Street Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 20242016
4 Arthur L. Haywood III Dem Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 20222014
5 John Sabatina Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 20242015
6 Tommy Tomlinson Rep Bensalem Township Bucks 20221994
7 Vincent Hughes Dem Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 20241994
8 Anthony H. Williams Dem Philadelphia Delaware, Philadelphia 20221998
9 John Kane Dem Birmingham Chester, Delaware 20242020
10 Steve Santarsiero Dem Lower Makefield Township Bucks 20222018
11 Judy Schwank Dem Fleetwood Berks 20242011
12 Maria Collett Dem Lower Gwynedd Township Bucks, Montgomery 20222018
13 Scott Martin Rep West Lampeter Township Lancaster 20242016
14 John Yudichak Ind. Plymouth Township Carbon, Luzerne 20222010
15 John DiSanto Rep Susquehanna Township Dauphin, Perry 20242016
16 Pat Browne Rep Allentown Lehigh 20222005
17 Amanda Cappelletti Dem Delaware, Montgomery 20242020
18 Lisa Boscola Dem Bethlehem Township Lehigh, Northampton 20221998
19 Carolyn Comitta Dem West Chester Chester 20242020
20 Lisa Baker Rep Lehman Township Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming 20222006
21 Scott Hutchinson Rep Oil City Butler, Clarion, Forest, Venango, Warren 20242012
22 John Blake Dem Archbald Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe 20222010
23 Eugene Yaw Rep Loyalsock Township Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union 20242008
24 Bob Mensch Rep Marlborough Township Berks, Bucks, Montgomery 20222009
25 Cris Dush Rep Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga 20242020
26 Tim Kearney Dem Swarthmore Chester, Delaware 20222018
27 John Gordner Rep Berwick Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder 20242003
28 Kristin Phillips-Hill Rep York Township York 20222018
29 Dave Argall Rep Rush Township Berks, Schuylkill 20242009
30 Judy Ward Rep Hollidaysburg Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon 20222018
31 Mike Regan Rep Carroll Township Cumberland, York 20242016
32 Patrick J. Stefano Rep Bullskin Township Fayette, Somerset, Westmoreland 20222014
33 Doug Mastriano Rep Greene Township Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, York 20242019 [note 1]
34 Jake Corman Rep Benner Township Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin 20221998
35 Wayne Langerholc Rep Johnstown Bedford, Cambria, Clearfield 20242016
36 Ryan Aument Rep East Hempfield Township Lancaster 20222014
37 Devlin Robinson Rep Bridgeville Allegheny, Washington 20242020
38 Lindsey Williams Dem West View Allegheny 20222018
39 Kim Ward Rep Hempfield Township Westmoreland 20242008
40 Mario Scavello Rep Mount Pocono Monroe, Northampton 20222014
41 Joe Pittman Rep Indiana Armstrong, Butler, Indiana, Westmoreland 20242019 [note 2]
42 Wayne D. Fontana Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 20222005
43 Jay Costa Dem Forest Hills Allegheny 20241996
44 Katie Muth Dem Royersford Berks, Chester, Montgomery 20222018
45 Jim Brewster Dem McKeesport Allegheny, Westmoreland 20242010
46 Camera Bartolotta Rep Monongahela Beaver, Greene, Washington 20222014
47 Elder Vogel Rep New Sewickley Township Beaver, Butler, Lawrence 20242008
48 Vacant [note 3] Dauphin, Lebanon, York 2022
49 Dan Laughlin Rep Millcreek Township Erie 20242016
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 May 21, 2019, to fill unexpired term.
  3. Senator Arnold died January 17, 2021.

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. Senator Brewster not seated.
  5. Hughes, Sarah Anne (2021-01-12). "Federal judge rules in favor of Democratic Pa. Senate candidate GOP refused to seat". Spotlight PA. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  6. Murphy, Jan (January 17, 2021). "Pa. state senator dies from brain cancer at age 49". PennLive. Retrieved January 17, 2021.


Coordinates: 40°15′52.9″N76°53′1.9″W / 40.264694°N 76.883861°W / 40.264694; -76.883861