Thirty-four of 37 Pennsylvania State Senate committee chairs raised less money than the average member this cycle

Elections for 26 of 49 seats in the Pennsylvania State Senate took place on Nov. 8, 2022. Republicans held a 27-22 majority heading into the election.

Committee chair fundraising

State legislative committee chairs set a committee’s legislative agenda. The average amount raised by delegates who did not serve as a committee chair was $1,536,878. The funds raised by each of the State Senate’s 37 committee chairs are shown below.

  • Aging & Youth Committee – Maria Collett – $837,389
  • Aging & Youth Committee – Judith Ward – $229,391
  • Banking & Insurance Committee – Sharif Street – $226,233
  • Banking & Insurance Committee – John DiSanto – $136,631
  • Communications & Technology Committee – Kristin Phillips-Hill – $355,839
  • Communications & Technology Committee – John Kane – $77,874
  • Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee – Amanda Cappelletti – $61,361
  • Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee – Lisa Boscola – $571,070
  • Health & Human Services Committee – Michele Brooks – $141,063
  • Health & Human Services Committee – Art Haywood – $2,623
  • Intergovernmental Operations Committee – Anthony Williams – $805,550
  • Intergovernmental Operations Committee – Cris Dush – $18,208
  • Law & Justice Committee – James Brewster – $258,990
  • Law & Justice Committee – Mike Regan – $181,630
  • Rules & Executive Nominations Committee – Jay Costa – $1,423,529
  • Rules & Executive Nominations Committee – Kim Ward – $1,118,172
  • Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee – Elder Vogel – $87,654
  • Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee – Judy Schwank – $62,113
  • Senate Appropriations Committee – Vincent Hughes – $2,381,543
  • Senate Education Committee – Lindsey Williams – $1,618,206
  • Senate Education Committee – Scott Martin – $182,743
  • Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee – Gene Yaw – $157,900
  • Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee – Carolyn Comitta – $37,210
  • Senate Finance Committee – Wayne Fontana – $144,265
  • Senate Finance Committee – Scott Hutchinson – $13,500
  • Senate Game & Fisheries Committee – Daniel Laughlin – $317,895
  • Senate Game & Fisheries Committee – James Brewster – $258,990
  • Senate Judiciary Committee – Steve Santarsiero – $1,157,382
  • Senate Judiciary Committee – Lisa Baker – $448,466
  • Senate Labor & Industry Committee – Christine Tartaglione – $525,560
  • Senate Labor & Industry Committee – Camera Bartolotta – $494,764
  • Senate Local Government Committee – Timothy Kearney – $521,106
  • Senate Local Government Committee – Cris Dush – $18,208
  • Senate State Government Committee – David Argall – $497,923
  • Senate State Government Committee – Sharif Street – $226,233
  • Senate Transportation Committee – Wayne Langerholc – $290,800
  • Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee – Patrick Stefano – $225,008
  • Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee – Katie Muth – $0
  • Urban Affairs & Housing Committee – Joe Pittman – $885,697
  • Urban Affairs & Housing Committee – Nikil Saval – $61,239

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Pennsylvania PACs submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of State. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines.

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.




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