The Green Papers: Pennsylvania 2015 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:12,734,905 (4.11% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:20(3.72% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:18(4.14% of 435)
Capital:Harrisburg
 

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Pennsylvania State and Local Government

Pennsylvania 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


HB 1318, introduced by state Representative Keith Greiner (Republican) on 10 June 2015, would move the presidential and partisan primaries from the 4th Tuesday in April to the 3rd Tuesday in March.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 114th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator Robert P. "Bob" Casey, Jr.
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Senator Robert P. "Bob" Casey, Jr.
FEC S6PA00217

Class 3 Republican Senator Patrick Joseph "Pat" Toomey
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Braddock Mayor John Kart Fetterman
FEC S6PA00274; 30 Sep 15; Tot $168,840; Dsb $24,916
  Candidate Democratic     Kathleen Alana "Katie" McGinty
FEC S6PA00266; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,015,626; Dsb $123,267
  Candidate Democratic     Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski
6 July 2015: Suspending his campaign after Federal Agents searched his offices re: contracting practices.

FEC S6PA00258; 30 Sep 15; Tot $423,618; Dsb $317,361
  Candidate Democratic     former Congressman Joseph A. "Joe" Sestak, Jr.
14 May 2013: Announced his candidacy.
Prior Congressional Service: First elected,: 2006; re-elected: 2008; unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate: 2010

FEC S0PA00434; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,591,366; Dsb $735,751
  Candidate Democratic     Joseph John "Joe" Vodvarka
FEC S4PA00196; 30 Sep 15; Tot $45,398; Dsb $41,495
  Candidate Republican     Everett Alexander Stern
FEC S6PA00241
  Candidate Republican     Senator Patrick Joseph "Pat" Toomey
FEC S4PA00121; 30 Sep 15; Tot $6,263,060; Dsb $3,489,592

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Democratic Governor Tom Wolf
First elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Elected on a ticket with the Governor

  Democratic Lieutenant Governor Michael J. "Mike" Stack, III
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016

114th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2016, 2018. No Term Limit. 114th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Democratic (5 Undetermined);
13 Republican (11 Undetermined, 2 Open)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 1 Democratic Congressman Robert A. "Bob" Brady
First elected in a special election(re: to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Congressman Thomas Foglietta): 19 May 1998
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Robert A. "Bob" Brady
FEC H8PA01153; 30 Sep 15; Tot $254,354; Dsb $182,526
  Candidate Democratic     Bryan E.K. Leib
FEC H6PA01165
  Candidate Independent     Nick Gibson

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 2 Democratic Congressman Chaka Fattah, Sr.
First elected: 1994
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative Dwight Evans
FEC H6PA02171
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Chaka Fattah, Sr.
FEC H2PA02055; 30 Sep 15; Tot $154,615; Dsb $155,938
  Candidate Democratic     Lower Merion Township Commissioner Brian Anthony Gordon
FEC H0PA06118; 30 Sep 15; Tot $9,150; Dsb $3,499
  Candidate Democratic     Daniel "Dan" Muroff
FEC H6PA02155; 30 Sep 15; Tot $174,236; Dsb $9,920
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative Brian Kendall Sims
FEC H6PA02163
 29 July 2015: Congressman Chaka Fattah, Sr. is charged, in a 29 count indictment, with participating in racketeering; bribery; conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and honest services fraud; mail fraud; falsification of records; bank fraud; making false statements to a financial institution; and money laundering.

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman George J. "Mike" Kelly, Jr.
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman George J. "Mike" Kelly, Jr.
FEC H0PA03271; 30 Sep 15; Tot $672,505; Dsb $286,065

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman Scott Perry
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Scott Perry
FEC H2PA04135; 30 Sep 15; Tot $203,058; Dsb $161,225

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 5 Republican Congressman Glenn W. "G.T." Thompson
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Kerith Strano Taylor
FEC H4PA05062; 30 Sep 15; Tot $48,013; Dsb $27,281
  Candidate Republican     Glenn "GT" Thompson
FEC H8PA05071; 30 Sep 15; Tot $457,355; Dsb $386,463

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 6 Republican Congressman Ryan A. Costello
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
    Democratic     Joe Denham - apparently not a candidate
1 October 2015: Filed a termination report with the FEC.

FEC H6PA06115; 30 Sep 15; Tot $63,243; Dsb $62,917
  Candidate Democratic     Michael D. "Mike" Parrish
FEC H4PA06052; 30 Sep 15; Tot $74,518; Dsb $49,020
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Ryan A. Costello
FEC H0PA06076; 30 Sep 15; Tot $892,420; Dsb $275,336

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 7 Republican Congressman Patrick L. "Pat" Meehan, Jr.
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Mary Ellen Balchunis
FEC H4PA07092; 30 Sep 15; Tot $27,831; Dsb $19,395
  Candidate Democratic     Bill Golderer
FEC H6PA07121
  Candidate Democratic     Lindy Li
FEC H6PA07113; 30 Sep 15; Tot $263,871; Dsb $13,727
  Candidate Democratic     Dave Naples
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Patrick L. "Pat" Meehan, Jr.
FEC H0PA07082; 30 Sep 15; Tot $839,940; Dsb $433,568

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 8 Republican Congressman Michael G. "Mike" Fitzpatrick
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 6 November 2014: Announced he would retire at the end of his newly elected term-(that is, circa January 2017).
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Shaughnessy Naughton
FEC H4PA08116; 30 Sep 15; Tot $603,133; Dsb $162,769
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative Steven J. "Steve" Santarsiero
FEC H6PA08228; 30 Sep 15; Tot $538,428; Dsb $207,085
  Candidate Republican     Tom Manion
  Candidate Republican     state Representative Scott A. Petri
FEC H6PA08244
  Candidate Republican     former Bucks County Commissioner Andrew L. "Andy" Warren
FEC H6PA08210; 30 Sep 15; Tot $12,810; Dsb $1,178
  Candidate Socialist Party USA     Eli David Sadoff
FEC H6PA08236

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 9 Republican Congressman William Franklin "Bill" Shuster
First elected 15 May 2001 to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Bud Shuster.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Arthur L. "Art" Halvorson
  Candidate Republican     Congressman William Franklin "Bill" Shuster
FEC H2PA09035; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,502,002; Dsb $604,956

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 10 Republican Congressman Thomas Anthony "Tom" Marino
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Thomas Anthony "Tom" Marino
FEC H0PA10078; 30 Sep 15; Tot $449,987; Dsb $256,308

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 11 Republican Congressman Louis J. "Lou" Barletta
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Michael Paul Marsicano
FEC H6PA11073; 30 Sep 15; Tot $116,000; Dsb $15,410
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Louis J. "Lou" Barletta
FEC H2PA11098; 30 Sep 15; Tot $364,684; Dsb $227,925

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 12 Republican Congressman Keith J. Rothfus
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Steven B. "Steve" Larchuk
FEC H6PA12089; 30 Sep 15; Tot $141,548; Dsb $115,690
  Candidate Democratic     Erin Rochele McClelland
FEC H4PA12043; 30 Sep 15; Tot $45,185; Dsb $23,410
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Keith J. Rothfus
FEC H0PA04220; 30 Sep 15; Tot $563,336; Dsb $236,111

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 13 Democratic Congressman Brendan F. Boyle
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Brendan F. Boyle
FEC H4PA13199; 30 Sep 15; Tot $394,163; Dsb $202,833

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 14 Democratic Congressman Michael F. "Mike" Doyle
First elected: 1994
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Janis C. Brooks
FEC H2PA14092
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Michael F. "Mike" Doyle
FEC H4PA18131; 30 Sep 15; Tot $169,776; Dsb $194,468

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 15 Republican Congressman Charles W. "Charlie" Dent
First elected: 2004
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Archie Follweiler
FEC H6PA15165
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Charles W. "Charlie" Dent
FEC H4PA15087; 30 Sep 15; Tot $539,412; Dsb $347,152

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 16 Republican Congressman Joseph R. "Joe" Pitts
First elected: 1996
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 6 November 2015: Announced retirement.
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Christina Marie Hartman
FEC H6PA16296; 30 Sep 15; Tot $45,467; Dsb $9,319
    Republican     Congressman Joseph R. "Joe" Pitts - apparently not a candidate
6 November 2015: Announced retirement.

FEC H6PA16197; 30 Sep 15; Tot $361,820; Dsb $316,053
  Candidate Republican     state Senator Lloyd K. Smucker
  Candidate No Party Affiliation     Edward F. "Ed" Haggerty
FEC H6PA16304

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 17 Democratic Congressman Matthew A. "Matt" Cartwright
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Matthew A. "Matt" Cartwright
FEC H2PA17079; 30 Sep 15; Tot $336,176; Dsb $172,214
  Candidate Republican     Glenn A. Geissinger
FEC H6PA17161; 30 Sep 15; Tot $49,578; Dsb $1,190

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 18 Republican Congressman Timothy "Tim" Murphy
First elected: 2002
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Timothy "Tim" Murphy
FEC H2PA18143; 30 Sep 15; Tot $609,483; Dsb $326,263

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016. Term Limit: 2 terms

  Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Granahan Kane
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
The current Attorney General is unaffected by the State's term limit.
21 September 2015: Attorney General Kathleen Kane's law license is suspended by the state Supreme Court on a vote of 5-0.
 Candidate list
    Democratic     Attorney General Kathleen Granahan Kane - apparently not a candidate
21 September 2015: Attorney General Kathleen Kane's law license is suspended by the state Supreme Court on a vote of 5-0.
  Candidate Democratic     Delaware County Prosecutor Jack Stollsteimer
  Candidate Republican     state Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr.
  Candidate Republican     state Representative Todd Stephens
 January 2015: A Pennsylvania grand jury has advised that Attorney General Kane be charged with perjury, false swearing, official oppression, and obstruction in connection with disclosing details of an investigation.
6 August 2015: So charged.

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016. Term Limit: 2 terms

  Independent Treasurer Timothy A. Reese
Appointed 26 June 2015 (re: resignation of Treasurer Robert M. "Rob" McCord [Democratic])
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
The current Treasurer is unaffected by the State's term limit.
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Joseph M. "Joe" Torsella
  

29 January 2015: State Treasurer Robert M. "Rob" McCord (Democratic), who was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, submitted his resignation effective 12 February 2015. He is being investigated for corruption and theft of funds. "I have designated Christopher B. Craig, current Chief Counsel to the department and former acting Chief of Staff, to assume the duties and responsibilities of the Office of State Treasurer until such time as a successor is nominated, confirmed and duly qualified pursuant to the state Constitution."
30 January 2015: Treasurer Robert M. "Rob" McCord (Democratic), who was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, resigned. Governor Tom Wolf (Democratic) will appoint a successor, who will must be confirmed by the state Senate. The Treasury's chief counsel, Christopher Craig, is sworn in as acting Treasurer upon Mr. McCord's resignation.
2 February 2015: Mr. McCord is charged with extortion.
7 April 2015: Governor Tom Wolf (Democratic) nominates Timothy A. Reese (Independent) for Treasurer.
26 June 2015: The Pennsylvania Senate votes to confirm Timothy A. Reese (Independent) as Treasurer.


Auditor General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2012, 2016

  Democratic Auditor General Eugene A. DePasquale
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     Northampton County Executive John A. Brown
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 10 incumbents, 32 candidates
  Republican: 14 incumbents, 22 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  America First
  Conservative USA
  Right to Life
  Socialist Party USA: 1 candidate
  Tea
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 1 incumbent, 1 candidate
  No Party Affiliation: 1 candidate
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Election Authority
  Pennsylvania Department of State
  Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation
  VotesPA.com - The Pennsylvania Department of State's online voting information center
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Pennsylvania General Assembly
  Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  Pennsylvania Senate
Democratic
  Pennsylvania Democratic Party
  Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus
  Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus
Republican
  Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus
  Pennsylvania Senate Republican News
  Republican Party of Pennsylvania
Third Party
  America First Party of Pennsylvania
  Conservative Party USA Pennsylvania
  Green Party of Pennsylvania
  Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania
  Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
  The Constitution Party of Pennsylvania
  The Pennsylvania Tea Party
  The Unity Party of Pennsylvania
Media & others
  Altoona.com - State College
  Centre Daily Times - State College
  DMOZ - Pennsylvania
  Gettysburg Times
  Grassroots PA
  I Love Altoona
  Issues PA - The Pennsylvania Economy League
  Keystonepolitics.com - Harrisburg - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh - Lehigh Valley - Northeast
  KYW AM - Newsradio - Philadelphia
  LancasterOnline.com
  PennLive.com - Harrisburg
  Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition
  Philadelphia Daily News
  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  Pocono Record - Stroudsburg
  Politics1.com - Pennsylvania
  PoliticsPA.com
  Reading Eagle
  Scranton Times Tribune
  The Beaver County Times
  The Citizens Voice - Wilkes-Barre
  The Daily Item - Sunbury
  The Daily Local News - West Chester
  The Daily News - McKeesport
  The Daily Pennsylvanian - University of Pennsylvania
  The Herald - Sharon
  The Herald Standard -Uniontown
  The Meadville Tribune - Meadville
  The Mercury - Pottstown
  The Morning Call - Allentown
  The Philadelphia Inquirer
  The REPUBLICAN & Herald- Pottsville
  The Sentinel - Carlisle - Shippensburg
  The Times-Tribune - Scranton
  Times Leader - Wilkes-Barre
  Times News - Lehighton
  York Daily Record

 


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