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Pennsylvania State Senate

NamePennsylvania State Senate
LegislaturePennsylvania General Assembly
Coa PicSeal of Pennsylvania.svg
Term LimitsNone
New SessionJanuary 4, 2011
Session RoomPennsylvania State Capitol Senate Chamber.jpg
House TypeUpper House
Structure1Composition of the Pennsylvania State Senate.svg
Structure1 Res280px
Leader1 TypePresident of the Senate
Leader1Jim Cawley
Election1January 18, 2011
Leader2 TypePresident Pro Tem of the Senate
Leader2Joseph Scarnati
Election2January 2, 2007
Leader3 TypeMajority Leader
Leader3Dominic Pileggi
Election3January 2, 2007
Leader4 TypeMinority Leader
Leader4Jay Costa
Election4January 4, 2011
Term Length4 years
AuthorityArticle II, Pennsylvania Constitution
Political Groups1  Republican Party (30)
  Democratic Party (20)
Last Election1November 2, 2010
(25 seats)
Next Election1November 6, 2012
(25 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting PlaceState Senate Chamber
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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The Pennsylvania State Senate has been meeting since 1791. It 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. 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.

The President of the Senate is the Lieutenant Governor, who has no vote except in the event of an otherwise tie vote. Following the 2010 elections, the Senate consisted of 30 Republicans and 20 Democrats, but Michael O'Pake died shortly after being re-elected, which resulted in a vacancy.

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