Democrats have made significant gains in both chambers of the Pennsylvania legislature since 2016. Under the new, fair maps, Democrats have a clear path in both chambers to a Democratic majority. Half of the Pennsylvania State Senate is on the ballot every year. In 2022, Democrats need to protect vulnerable incumbents and flip seats to build toward winning a majority in 2024. In the State House, Democrats have a wide number of Battleground seats to compete in for the majority.
Need to flip: 5
Need to flip: 12
Democrats currently hold 21 Senate seats. To win a majority, they need to hold the 18 Likely Democratic seats, the three Lean Democratic seats (all of which are on the ballot this year), and flip five of seven Battleground seats.
Four Battleground seats are on the ballot this year. EveryDistrict has endorsed one candidate in a Battleground Senate seat and will announce additional endorsements in the coming weeks.
Democrats currently hold 90 House seats. To win a majority, they need to hold the 80 Likely Democratic seats, nine Lean Democratic seats, and flip 13 of 18 Battleground districts.
EveryDistrict has endorsed eight candidates in Battleground House seats and will announce additional endorsements in the coming weeks.
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Ann Marie Mitchell
PA State Senate District 6
PA State House District 26
PA State House District 30
PA State House District 82
PA State House District 88
PA State House District 143
PA State House District 144
PA State House District 151
PA State House District 160
PA State House District 168
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After the 2016 election, Republicans controlled the Pennsylvania State Senate 34-16. In the 2018 election, Democrats flipped five seats: SDs 10, 12, 26, 38, and 44.
EveryDistrict endorsed Pam Iovino for the special election for Pennsylvania State Senate District 37 on April 2, 2019; Iovino’s successful campaign left control of the chamber at 28-22.
In November 2019, Senator John Yudichak switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Independent and caucused with the Republicans, giving the GOP an effective 29-21 majority.
In 2020, Democrats flipped one seat and lost one seat for no net gain. EveryDistrict endorsed successful challenger John Kane (SD 9); Democrats lost SD 37.
After the 2016 election, Republicans controlled the Pennsylvania State House 121-82. In 2018, Democrats flipped 14 Republican-held seats and lost three Democratic-held seats for a net gain of 11 seats, cutting the GOP majority to 110-93.
EveryDistrict endorsed nine successful Democratic challengers: Steve Malagari (HD 53), Liz Hanbidge (HD 61), Joe Ciresi (HD 146), Joseph Webster (HD 150), Danielle Otten (HD 155), Melissa Shusterman (HD 157), Christina Sappey (HD 158), Mike Zabel (HD 163), and Jennifer O’Mara (HD 165). Democrats also flipped HD 74, HD 143, HD 162, and HD 167. Democrats lost HD 48, HD 71, HD 76, and HD 178.
In 2020, Democrats flipped one seat and lost four seats for a net loss of three seats; leaving the GOP with a 113-90 majority. EveryDistrict endorsed successful challenger Nancy Guenst (HD 152). Democrats lost HDs 33, 55, 123, and 143.