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Pennsylvania State Senator District 15

Description of office: The General Assembly is the legislative branch of government in Pennsylvania. It is composed of two houses: the Senate is the upper house, and the House of Representatives is the lower house. A majority vote in both houses is necessary to pass a law. The PA Senate consists of 50 members, representing one district each, with an equal number of constituents. Senators must be at least 25 years old, have been a citizen and a resident of the state four years and a resident of their respective districts one year before their election, and shall reside in their respective districts during their terms of service. The Senate develops budget packages, makes taxation decisions, allocates spending, and passes laws (including redistricting in collaboration with the House of Representatives). In addition, the Senate tries officials impeached by the House and authorizes executive appointments. Senators serve on various policy committees that may propose legislation. Term: 4 years Salary: $106,422 Vote for ONE.

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    Patty Kim

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    Nick DiFrancesco

Biographical Information

What do you see as the most pressing issues facing Pennsylvanians, and how would you address them?

What changes would you support making to Pennsylvania’s voting laws to expand access, ensure security, and support local election officials and processes?

What legislation would you support to comply with the Commonwealth Court's ruling that Pennsylvania’s school funding system is unconstitutional and must be reformed?

What changes, if any, would you support making to Pennsylvania’s abortion laws?

County Dauphin
Occupation State Representative, District 103
Education Boston College (Bachelor), 1995
Qualifications I have experience as an elected official in local and state government dating back to 2005, when I was elected to Harrisburg City Council. I was then elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012, where I have since served.
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X Handle @PattyHKim
It’s harder than ever for everyday people in Pennsylvania to get ahead. A hard day’s work should be enough to live on. Every child deserves a good education regardless of their ZIP code. Everyone in our community needs a safe home, but they’re getting harder to afford than ever. And with access to abortion under constant attack, we need leaders who will always defend a woman’s privacy and right to choose.

Since 2012, I’ve been fighting for all of these things in the State House, and in 2022 we succeeded in passing them from the lower chamber. Now I want to finish the fight by bringing these issues to the State Senate, and finally deliver a state government that works for all of us in Pennsylvania.
We need to do everything we can to make our elections accessible to everyone who wants to participate. Automatic voter registration, robust access to early voting by mail and in-person, and making election day a national holiday are big steps we can take to make sure everyone gets a fair chance to make their voice heard in our democracy. I also support Governor Shapiro’s proposal to create an election security taskforce to detect and solve threats to the safety and security of our elections.
I support full implementation of the fair funding formula. Every child in Pennsylvania deserves the best available education, regardless of their ZIP code.
I will fight for abortion to remain safe and legal in Pennsylvania, and against any attempts to strip away our rights and privacy.
County Dauphin
Occupation Treasurer, Dauphin County
Education Bachelor of Science in Public Service, The Pennsylvania State University
Qualifications 30 years of experience in both formal and voluntary roles serving the people of the 15th Senate District. More than 20 years of public policy experience promoting local businesses, healthy communities, and the importance of emergency service providers.
My reason for running for the state senate is rooted in a desire to improve the quality of our public school system and to ensure that every parent has a choice in where their child attends school, whether public or private. Another critical issue facing most households is inflation and the need to put an end to senseless spending and seemingly endless tax increases. We need to place strict limits on how, where, and why we are spending tax dollars. Of equal importance to education and the economy is the safety of our citizens. Providing adequate funding to our police and emergency service providers is a must, as is fighting to protect our Commonwealth from bad federal policies, including sanctuary cities, that threaten our citizens.
As a former County Commissioner and member of the Dauphin County Election Board, I can say that access to voting precincts is convenient for most individuals. Our precinct partners provide a secure environment to ensure the fairness of elections, and I will work to make certain that these workers are respected and supported. As a Senator, I will respect the voice of local officials when making critical legislative decisions, and will be an advocate for the taxpayers while supporting safe and secure elections.
Giving parents the right to choose the best school for their child’s education is essential. For the good of the student, we need to make certain that the restrictions we place on a student based on an address never limits their ability to succeed in life. As a Senator I will fight to ensure that every child has access to a great school.
I support Pennsylvania’s current law and will focus my time in office on improving Pennsylvania’s public school system, strengthening our economy, and on ensuring the safety and security of our citizens.