Pennsylvania State Senate

Top Pa. State Senator Joe Scarnati Won't Run Again

Feb 12, 2020
Matt Rourke / Associated Press

Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati tells The Associated Press he will not seek re-election. Scarnati made the announcement Wednesday night. The 58-year-old is a fifth-term Republican senator from Jefferson County in northwestern Pennsylvania. He says he wrestled with the decision but thought it was the right time to step down after 14 years in a job steering a Republican majority through turbulent elections and fights in the Capitol. Scarnati rose quickly, becoming Senate president in 2007 with the endorsement of his predecessor after just six years in the chamber.

Bellwether Pa. Senate Election Won By Democrat

Apr 3, 2019
Michael M. Santiago / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP

MT. LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — Democrats claimed victory Tuesday after a two-month campaign for a vacant state Senate seat in politically divided suburban Pittsburgh where the sides tested some national themes ahead of 2020's presidential election in a critical battleground state narrowly won by President Donald Trump.
The seat had been largely controlled by Republicans the past half-century, but the district is viewed as increasingly friendly to Democrats in territory that party strategists now view as something of a bellwether.

State Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman
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WPSU's Anne Danahy spoke with state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman about issues ranging from recreational marijuana to the prospects of raising Pennsylvania's minimum wage. Corman represents the 34th district, which includes Centre, Mifflin and Juniata counties and parts of Huntingdon County. He has served in the Senate since 1999, and won reelection last year. In 2014, Corman became Senate majority leader, making him second in command in the Senate.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman newly elected to Pennsylvania's Senate is submitting more personal documents as the chamber's Republican majority decides whether to seat her.
Democrat Lindsey Williams' lawyer said he submitted tax documents, bank statements and credit card bills on Monday in response to another information request. Earlier this month, Williams submitted a 97-page package to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati.

Matt Rourke / Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the Pennsylvania Senate, the election didn't necessarily end at 8:00 p.m. on November 6.
The chamber's Republican majority is questioning the residency qualifications of a newly elected Democrat who flipped a Republican-held Pittsburgh-area seat by a mere 793 votes, injecting tension into a normally quiet December between legislative sessions.

In Tuesday's midterm elections, incumbents including Gov. Tom Wolf, U.S. Senator Bob Casey and Congressmen Tom Marino and Glenn Thompson were reelected.
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Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has won a second term, along with running mate John Fetterman. U.S. Senator Bob Casey also won re-election for a third term, beating Republican U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, who was supported by President Trump. The two races were called early on in the evening.