State of the State
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DIVIDED - REPUBLICAN LEGISLATURE
There are 203 seats in the House (56% R) and 50 in the Senate (56% R). House members serve 2-year terms and Senate members serve 4-year terms with no term limits. Elections occur in even years with all of the House and 1/2 of the Senate seats up every 2 years.
State Legislative Term
January 4, 2022 - November 30, 2022. No session limit.
State Elected Officials
The Governor (D) is elected for a 4-year term in midterm elections, limited to 2 consecutive terms. The SOS (non-partisan but appointed by D Gov) is appointed by the governor with the consent of the state legislature to serve at the pleasure of the governor with no term limits. The AG (D) is elected for a 4-year term in presidential election (leap) years, limited to 2 consecutive terms. The next gubernatorial election is in 2022 and the next election for AG is 2024.
State Supreme Court
There are 7 judges, elected in partisan primaries followed by general elections to serve 10-year terms, after which they must run in retention elections to remain on the court. Currently there are 5 elected Democrats, 1 elected Republican and 1 Republican appointed by a Democratic governor. Vacancies are appointed by the governor who must be approved by a 2/3 vote of the Pennsylvania Senate, who then stand for election at the next election occurring more than 10 months after the vacancy occurred, but by tradition, the expectation is that an appointed judge will only fill the interim vacancy.
US Representatives & Senators
Senate seat (R) is up in 2022 and Senate seat (D) is up in 2024. House seats (9R, 9D) are up in even years. Pennsylvania lost a US House seat after the 2020 census so there will be 17 after redistricting.
Congressional district lines are drawn by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, subject to veto by the governor. State legislative district lines are drawn by a politician commission comprised of 5 members, 4 appointed by each majority and minority leader of the State Senate and House and the first 4 commissioners appoint a 5th to serve as chair. There are 18 congressional (17 after redistricting), 50 state senate and 203 state house districts.
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