Pennsylvania Perspective Special Edition: 2022 Pennsylvania Midterm Election Recap
November 9, 2022
November 9, 2022
Information current as of 1:45 pm on November 9, 2022
Pennsylvania has a long and storied history of being a divided trifecta — that is, having split party control among the office of the governor, state House, and state Senate. Republicans have held the majority of both chambers of the General Assembly for Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s entire time in office. The 2022 general election was the first since new legislative maps were adopted following the redistricting process. Political pundits said the new state House maps favored the Democrats but to what extent remained to be seen.
Heading into the 2022 midterm elections, Republicans held a 113-88 majority (with 2 vacancies) in the state House and a 28-21, with one independent, majority in the Senate. Twenty-five Senate seats were up for election this year — 13 Republican-held, 11 Democratic-held, and one independent — while all 203 House seats were up for election. Furthermore, this election brought a fair amount of turnover in both chambers, with 33 members of the House (24 Republicans and nine Democrats) and five members of the Senate (four Republicans and one Independent) retiring at the end of this year, promising fresh blood regardless of which party won the majority.
These factors, in combination with the newly implemented redrawn district maps, made Pennsylvania a state to watch, as there was significant potential for change in the state’s power dynamic. Looking ahead to next year, Tuesday, January 3, 2023 will be a busy swearing-in day as both Congress and the PA Legislature officially begin their new terms on that day. Pennsylvania’s new Governor and Lt. Governor will be sworn in on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.
Yesterday’s election results, along with other factors leaving vacancies, will trigger the need for special elections to be held in several state House seats (A. Davis, Deluca, and Lee). All of these seats are in strong Democratic leaning districts and should not impact the make-up of the House. A date for those special elections has not yet been set by the PA Speaker of the House.
Democrats Josh Shapiro & Austin Davis defeated Republicans Doug Mastriano & Carrie Lewis DelRosso by double digits.
Democrat John Fetterman defeated Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz in the hotly contested race for U.S. Senate. Fetterman will now serve with fellow Democrat Bob Casey in Washington.
All 17 of PA’s US House Districts were on the ballot. It appears that all incumbents will win and Dems will win both open seats in PA-12 & 17. This leaves PA’s Congressional Delegation at 8 Republicans and 9 Democrats.
The GOP will stay in control of the state Senate. The current make-up of the PA Senate is 28-R, 21-D, 1-I. After last night’s results, the Senate make-up for next session will be 28-R, 22-D. The 14th Senatorial seat used to be held by former Democrat and current Independent John Yudichak. However, redistricting moved his northeastern PA district closer to the Allentown area and he did not seek re-election. That open seat was won by Democrat Nick Miller.
Control of the PA House is still up in the air as the Democrats do have a path forward to flip the chamber as several races remain too close to call. Unfortunately, it could be several days until results are finalized. However, at the very least, the Democrats have significantly cut into the current 23 seat difference and the control of the House, by either party, could end up being by just a handful of seats. Either way, change is definitely on the docket in the PA House as at least 15 House Republican committee chairs (16 if Todd Stephens loses) and seven House Democratic committee chairs will not be returning next year.
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