Pennsylvania Resources

Population: 12,802,503 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 6, 2018.

Primary: May 15, 2018.

Pennsylvania (D+1) is a swing state, described by famous Democratic political operative James Carville as “Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with Alabama in between”. It is 82% White and 10% Black.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 20. Penn­syl­vania is regarded as a moderately Democratic state in Pre­si­dent­ial elections.

Sena­tors: 1 Demo­crat, 1 Republican.

Bob Casey Jr

Senator class 1: Bob Casey Jr (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Finance, Health & Education.

Democratic nominee: Bob Casey Jr
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Oct 28, 2017:
Lean Dem.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Lawyer, State Auditor and State Treasurer Bob Casey (b.1960) first defeated an incumbent Republican in 2006. He was re-elected with 54% in 2012.

News about this office.

Pat Toomey

Senator class 3: Pat Toomey (R)
Committees: Finance, Budget, Banking.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Pat Toomey

Rating, Jan 14, 2017:

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
Businessman Pat Toomey (b.1961) served three terms in the House before barely losing a primary to then US Senator Arlen Specter. He then chaired the fiscally conservative lobby group Club for Growth from 2005 to 2009. Toomey won an open Senate seat in 2010 and won reelection in 2016 with 49%.

News about this office.

Representatives: 18 Representatives; 5 Democrats and 13 Republicans.

Bob Brady

District 1
Representative: Bob Brady (D)
Committees: Administration (Ranking), Armed Service.

Democratic nominee: Bob Brady
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The District (D+28) covers most of Philadelphia along the Delaware river and is 47% White, 32% Black and 13% Hispanic. Carpenter and trade union activist Bob Brady (b.1945) was first elected in a special election in 1998 and took 82% in 2016.

News about this office.

Dwight Evans

District 2
Representative: Dwight Evans (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: Dwight Evans
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
The District (D+38) covers most of the rest of Philadelphia, mainly Black areas. It is 32% White and 56% Black. Teacher and State Representative Dwight Evans (b.1954) defeated the incumbent in the Dem primary and went on to win both the special election and the concurrent general electon in November with 90%.

News about this office.

Mike Kelly Jr

District 3
Representative: Mike Kelly Jr (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mike Kelly Jr

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The District (R+8) the northern half of western Pennsylvania, including the Lake Erie shoreline. It is 93% White. Businessman Mike Kelly (b.1948) defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2010, and was unopposed in 2016.

News about this office.

Scott Perry

District 4
Representative: Scott Perry (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Scott Perry

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The District (R+9) covers the south central parts of the state, including Gettysburg and most of Harrisburg. It is 86% White. Businessman and State Representative Scott Perry (b.1962) was first elected in 2012 and took 66% in 2016.

News about this office.

Glenn Thompson

District 5
Representative: Glenn Thompson (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Natural Resources, Education.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Glenn Thompson

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The District (R+8) lies in the northwestern and northern central parts of the state. It is 94% White. Businessman Glenn Thompson (b.1959) was first elected in 2008 and took 67% in 2016.

News about this office.

Ryan Costello

District 6
Representative: Ryan Costello (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Ryan Costello

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Leans GOP.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The District (R+2) covers suburbs west and northwest of Philadelphia and is 88% White. Lawyer and County Commissioner Ryan Costello (b.1976) was first elected in 2014 and won 57% in 2016.

News about this office.

Pat Meehan

District 7
Representative: Pat Meehan (R)
Committees: Ethics, Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Pat Meehan

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Leans GOP.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The District (R+2) covers western suburb of Philly and is 88% White. Lawyer Pat Meehan (b.1955) was first elected in 2010 and won 59% in 2016.

News about this office.

Brian Fitzpatrick

District 8
Representative: Brian Fitz­pat­rick (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Brian Fitzpatrick

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Leans GOP.

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
The District (R+1) covers northern suburbs of Philly. It is 88% White. Lawyer and former FBI-agent Brian Fitzpatrick (b.1973), took over from his brother in 2016, with 55%.

News about this office.

Bill Shuster

District 9
Representative: Bill Shuster (R)
Committees: Transportation (Chair), Armed Services.

Democratic nominee:
Republican nominee: Bill Shuster

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
The District (R+14) lies in southwestern Pennsylvania, and includes Altoona. It is 95% White. Businessman Bill Shuster (b.1960) took over the seat from his father in a special election in 2011. His close ties to transportation lobbyists almost cost him the nomination, both in 2014 and in 2016, but he won with 63% in 2016.

News about this office.

Tom Marino

District 10
Representative: Tom Marino (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Homeland Security.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Tom Marino

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Nov 16, 2017:
The District (R+12) covers the northeastern corner and central parts of the state. It is 93% White. Lawyer Tom Marino (b.1952) defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2010 and won 70% in 2016.

News about this office.

Lou Barletta

District 11
Representative: Lou Bar­letta (R)
Committees: Education, Homeland Security, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Aug 7, 2017:
The District (R+6) lies in the central and eastern parts of the state and includes parts of Harrisburg. It is 90% White. Businessman Lou Bar­letta (b.1956) lost twice to the incumbent Democrat, but finally defeated him in 2010. He won 64% in 2016, but is running for Senate in 2018.

News about this office.

Keith Rothfus

District 12
Representative: Keith Rothfus (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Keith Rothfus

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The District (R+9) lies in southwestern Pennsylvania and includes Johnstown and northern Pittsburgh suburbs. It is 94% White. Lawyer Keith Rothfus (b.1962) took it from an incumbent Democrat in 2012. He took 62% in 2016.

News about this office.

Brendan Boyle

District 13
Representative: Brendan Boyle (D)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Budget.

Democratic nominee: Brendan Boyle
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
The District (D+14) takes in northwestern Philadelphia with suburbs and is 66% White, 16% Black, 9% Hispanic and 8% Asian. Defense consultant and State Representative Brendan Boyle (b.1977) held the seat for the Dems in 2014 and was unopposed in 2016.

News about this office.

Michael Doyle

District 14
Representative: Michael Doyle (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Michael Doyle
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The District (D+16) includes all of Pittsburg and some suburbs. It is 75% White and 19% Black. Political advisor Michael Doyle (b.1953) was first elected in 1994 and won 74% in 2016.

News about this office.

Charlie Dent

District 15
Representative: Charlie Dent (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Nov 16, 2017:
The District (R+2) lies in eastern Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia. It stretches from the eastern suburbs of Harrisburg to the New Jersey border. It is 83% White and 10% Hispanic. State Representative Charlie Dent (b.1960) was first elected in 2004 and won 58% in 2016. He is not seeking reelection in 2018.

News about this office.

Lloyd Smucker

District 16
Representative: Lloyd Smucker (R)
Committees: Budget, Education, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Lloyd Smucker

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
The District (R+4) lies in the southeastern areas, and includes Lancaster, with suburbs. It is 79% White and 13% Hispanic. Construction firm owner and State Senator Lloyd Smucker (b.1964) held the district for the GOP with 54% in 2016.

News about this office.

Matt Cartwright

District 17
Representative: Matt Cartwright (D)
Committees: Appropriations, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: Matt Car­twright
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Leans Dem.

Status, Dec 13, 2016:
The District (D+4) lies in eastern Pennsylvania and includes Scranton. It is 88% White. Lawyer Matt Car­twright (b.1961) defeated the incumbent Congressman in the 2012 primary and won 54% in 2016.

News about this office.

District 18
Representative: Tim Murphy (R)
Committees: ?

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Rick Saccone

Rating, Dec 13, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Nov 16, 2017:
The District (R+10) covers the southwestern corner of the state and includes southern suburbs of Pittsburgh. It is 95% White. Psychologist, veteran and State Senator Tim Murphy (b.1952) was first elected in 2002 and had no opponents in 2016, but resigned from Congress effective Oct. 21, due to a sex scandal and there will be a special election on March 13, 2018. In Pennsylvania, the respective parties nominate candidates for special elections. The GOP nominated college professor and State Rep. Rick Saccone. For the Democrats, the candidates are psychologist and college professor Rueben Brock, PR-consultant and Westmoreland County Commissioner Gina Cerilli, Ex-State Teachers Union President and Ex-Allegheny County Councilman Mike Crossey, consultant and former US Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Pam Iovino, lawyer Conor Lamb and physician Robert Solomon.

News about this office.

STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day : The third Tuesday of January.

Most State Offices in Pennsylvania are term limited after 2 x 4 years. After 4 years, they can run for 2 x 4 more years. There is no limit on the Office of State Auditor.

Tom Wolf

Governor: Tom Wolf (D)

Democratic nominee: Tom Wolf
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Leans Dem.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Businessman Tom Wolf (b.1948) defeated an incumbent Republican in 2014 with 55%.

News about this office.

Mike Stack

Lieutenant Governor: Mike Stack (D)

Democratic nominee: Mike Stack
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Leans Dem.

Status, May 18, 2016: The LG is nominated separately of, but elected on a ticket with the Governor. In 2014, the Democrats nominated lawyer and State Senator Mike Stack (b.1963).

News about this office.

Joe Torsella

Treasurer: Joe Torsella (D)

Democratic nominee: Joe Torsella
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 14, 2017:

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
The Dems held the office in 2016 with businessman and former ambassador Joe Torsella (b.1963), who won 51%.

News about this office.

Eugene DePasquale

Auditor: Eugene DePasquale (D)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 14, 2017:

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
Lawyer and State Representative Eugene DePasquale (b.1971) was first elected in 2012 and won 50% in 2016. He is term limited in 2020.

News about this office.

Josh Shapiro

Attorney General­: Josh Shapiro (D)

Democratic nominee: Josh Shapiro
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 14, 2017:

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
The Dems held the office in 2016 with lawyer and County Commissioner Josh Shapiro (b.1973), who won 51%.

News about this office.

State Senate: 50 (16D / 34R). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2018/2020.
State House: 203 (82D / 121R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2018.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!