Democrats Take Control of the House and Republicans Make Gains in the Senate: With this change in power, and the increased need for bipartisanship to get must pass legislation, such as the budget, to the President’s desk, the likelihood of “earmarks” coming back in some form (beyond the current practice of “softmark” requests in the Defense Budget), has increased markedly. The extent of earmarking opportunities will be determined through the first quarter of the calendar year. However, Appropriations Subcommittees generally require members’ budget requests in mid-January. As such, in order to have one's earmark request considered in the FY 2020 budget, entities need to think about putting requests together now and prepare to submit them by early January. Wellington can provide Appropriations Request forms to interested clients immediately upon request.

Also, with Democrats retaking the House, Republicans will look to get a number of bills through during Lame Duck, including tax reform packages and 2019 appropriations bill. Lame Duck will be very busy legislatively.



United States Senate - Bob Casey (D-Incumbent) Versus Lou Barletta (R): Senator Bob Casey defeated Republican challenger Congressman Lou Barletta. With this win, Senator Casey continues to move up in seniority and influence in the Senate.

Pennsylvania Governor- Tom Wolf (D-Incumbent) Versus Scott Wagner (R): Governor Tom Wolf defeated Republican challenger Scott Wagner. As Governor Wolf is entering his second and final term, and no longer needs to worry about re-election, he is more likely to stick to his guns on political fights with the Republican control of the PA House and Senate (see below for an overview of the PA Legislature elections). Republicans have maintained control of both. However, from a big picture perspective, the governing and political dynamics between the Governor and Legislature is unlikely to change.


As the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania redrew Congressional boundaries in the state, all Congressional races are summarized below. Before the election, the PA Congressional delegation had 10 Republicans and 6 Democrats with 2 Republican seats vacant (with the retirements of Republican Congressmen Dent and Meehan). Following Tuesday night, the PA delegation is more evenly split. Democrats will send 9 Representatives to Congress (an increase of 3), while Republicans will send 9 (a decrease of 3). Races are summarized in order of district number below. Victors are bolded in the color of their party.

PA District 1, Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Incumbent) versus Scott Wallace (D): Fitzpatrick was able to hold onto his seat. This district represents all of Bucks County and parts of Montgomery County in the east of the state.

PA District 2, Brendan Boyle (D-Incumbent) versus David Torres (R):Congressman Boyle won re-election in this heavily Democratic Philadelphia District.

PA District 3, Dwight Evans (D-Incumbent) versus Bryan Leib (R): First term Congressman Dwight Evans defeated Bryan Leib in this heavily Democratic Philadelphia District (which was formerly held by Chakka Fattah who was indicted on multiple charges two years ago).

PA District 4, Daniel David (R) versus Madeline Dean (D): Madeline Dean defeated Daniel David in this Montgomery County district. This district incorporated parts of Congressman Boyle and outgoing Republican Congressman Costello’s district. In its new form, it has become more favorable for Democrats.

PA District 5, Pearl Kim (R) versus Mary Scanlon (D)  (No Incumbent): Mary Scanlon won this seat for the Democrats. This district was centered around former Republican Congressman Pat Meehan’s District in the Philadelphia Suburbs who resigned in part due to the difficult re-election prospects.

PA District 6, Christina Houlahan (D) versus Greg McCauley (R) (No Incumbent): Christina Houlahan easily defeated her Republican challenger, Greg McCauley. This district was centered around outgoing Republican Congressman Costello’s old district in the Philadelphia Suburbs who resigned in part due to the difficult re-election prospects.

PA District 7, Martin (Marty) Nothstein (R) versus Susan Wilde (D) (No Incumbent): Won by the Democrat, Susan Wilde, this new district centered around retired Republican Congressman Charlie Dent’s seat in Lehigh Valley.

PA District 8, Matt Cartwright (D-Incumbent) versus John Chrin (R): While this race was initially expected to be closer, Cartwright was able to mobilize voters in the final weeks of the campaign and win re-election.

PA District 9, Daniel Meuser (R) versus Dennis (Denny) Wolff (D) (No Incumbent): Daniel Mauser defeated his Democratic opponent, Dennis Wolff. This district centered around Lou Barletta’s seat in central PA between Harrisburg  and Allentown. Barletta resigned to run against Bob Casey for the PA Senate seat.

PA District 10, Scott Perry (R-Incumbent) versus George Scott (D): Congressman Perry was able to hold onto his seat. This Harrisburg - York seat became more of a toss-up during re-districting, resulting in a much more competitive race for Scott Perry than was expected. Also, a number of retired Republican officials endorsed Scott over Perry.

PA District 11, Lloyd Smucker (R-Incumbent) versus Jessica King (D): Smucker was able to defeat his Democratic challenger, Jessica King. This Lancaster based seat would normally be a safe Republican district and redistricting should have made this seat safer (it went from a Trump +7 to a Trump +26). However, the new district with a competitive challenger in Jessica King made it a race to watch.

PA District 12, Tom Marino (R-Incumbent) versus Mark Friedenburg (D): Congressman Marino won re-election in this new district that incorporates Northern and North-Central PA.

PA District 13, John Joyce (R) versus Brent Ottaway (D): John Joyce won this seat which incorporated much of outgoing Congressman Bill Shuster’s district. The district goes from Somerset to Adams County.

PA District 14, Bibiana Boerio (D) versus Guy Reschenthaler (R): State Senator Reschenthaler won this Southwest PA seat that would have voted for President Trump by 29 points had it existed in its current form in 2016.

PA District 15, Glenn G.T. Thompson (R-Incumbent) versus Susan Boser (D): Congressman Thompson won re-election in his new district. In redistricting, he lost the two Democratic areas - most of State College and Erie.

PA District 16, Mike Kelly (R-Incumbent) versus Ronald DiNicola (D): Despite late polling that suggested a tightening race, Congressman Kelly was able to hold onto the newly formed 16th district. Congressman Kelly’s old district was more favorable to Republicans. However, redistricting brought in Erie, and carved out Armstrong County and parts of Butler County.

PA District 17, Conor Lamb (D-Incumbent) versus Keith Rothfus (R-Incumbent): In the only incumbent versus incumbent race in the country, Connor Lamb won re-election against three term Republican Congressman Keith Rothfus, who was considered the most vulnerable in his party nationally during the 2018 cycle.

PA District 18, Mike Doyle (D-Incumbent): Congressman Doyle was unopposed in this Pittsburgh based district and maintains his position as PA’s senior-most Congressman. This will be his 13th term to Congress.


Republicans in the PA State Senate lost 5 seats, but maintain control of the chamber, with one race too close to call and one result still unofficial. While they have also lost their veto proof majority, it is unlikely to change the governing and political dynamics between the House (which is also still controlled by the Republicans - see below), the Senate, and the Governor. Notable and close races are summarized below.

6th Senatorial District, Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson (R-Incumbent) versus Tina Davis (D): This district has always had closes races for Republicans and that remained true for yesterday’s election. Tomlinson is expected to win by just 0.05% of the vote but a recount is in order and will be completed in the next few days.

10th Senatorial District, Marguerite Quinn (R) versus Steven Santarsiero (D): Claimed by the Democrat last night, the seat formerly held by Republican Charles McIlhinney’s historically has been decided by close margins. State Representative Quinn currently represents part of this district. Santarsiero was previously a state Representative who left his position in 2017 to work in the Attorney General’s office.

12th Senatorial District, Stewart Greenleaf Jr. (R) versus Maria Collett (D): Collett was able to pull off the win in this previously Republican district, which was held since 1979 by Greenleaf’s father, retiring Republican Senator Stewart Greenleaf Sr.

16th Senatorial District, Patrick Browne (R-Incumbent) versus Mark Pinsley (D): Though close throughout election night, Senator Browne was able to hold onto his seat with just less than 3% of the vote once all the ballots had been counted.

26th Senatorial District, Tom McGarrigle (R-Incumbent) versus Tim Kearney (D): This seat moves from Republican to Democratic control as Kearney defeats McGarrigle 54% to 46%.

38th Senatorial District, Jeremy Shaffer (R) versus Lindsey Williams (D):  Formerly held by Republican Randy Vulakovich, Shaffer was able to beat Vulakovich in the primary last May. This races was considered virtually tied throughout the entire election season and through much of election night. Eventually, Lindsey Williams was able to hold on to a slim lead and is projected to win this previously Republican-held seat. 

44th Senatorial District, John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-Incumbent) versus Katie Muth (D): Muth unseats Rafferty by a margin of 4% (52-48).


Republicans appear to have lost 11 seats in the PA House of Representatives, but maintain control of the chamber. This is unlikely to change the governing and political dynamics between the House, the Senate, and the Governor. Below is a list of notable races (all newly elected members to the PA House and Senate are listed towards the end of this document for your reference):

25th Legislative District, Stephen Schlauch versus Brandon Markosek (D) – (Stays D)

26th Legislative District, Tim Hennessey (R-Incumbent) versus Pamela Hacker (D) - (Stays R)

29th Legislative District, Meghan Schroeder (R) versus Andrew Dixon (D) - (Stays R)

30th Legislative District, Lori Mizgorski (R) versus Betsy Monroe (D) - Lori by 4 (Stays R)

39th Legislative District, Michael Puskaric (R) versus Robert Rhoderick (D) – (Stays R)

40th Legislative District, Natalie Mihalek Stuck (R) versus Sharon Guidi (D) – (Stays R)

44th Legislative District, Valerie Gaydos (R) versus Michele Knoll (D) - Gaydos by 4 (Stays R)

49th Legislative District, Donald “Bud” Cook (R-Incumbent) versus Steven Toprani (D) – Too close to call at this moment.

53rd Legislative District, George Szekely (R) versus Steven Malagari (D) versus John Waldenberger (L) - Malagari by 3 (Goes D)

54th Legislative District, Robert Brooks (R) versus Jonathan McCabe (D) – Vacant seat

61st Legislative District, Catherine Harper (R-Incumbent) versus Laura Hanbidge (D) (Goes D)

71st Legislative District, James Rigby (R) versus Bryan Barbin (D-Incumbent) - Rigby by 5 (Goes R)

74th Legislative District, Amber Little-Turner (R) versus Dan Williams (D)

76th Legislative District, Stephanie Borowicz (R) versus Michael Hanna, Jr. (D) (Goes R)

105th Legislative District, Andrew Lewis (R) versus Eric Epstein (D) - (Stays R)

143rd Legislative District, Joseph Flood (R) versus Wendy Ullman (D) - (Goes D)

146th Legislative District, Thomas Quigley (R-Incumbent) versus Joseph Ciresi (D) (Goes D)

150th Legislative District, Nicholas Fountain (R) versus Joseph Webster (D) (Goes D)

155th Legislative District, Rebecca Corbin (R-Incumbent) versus Danielle Otten (D) (Goes D)

156th Legislative District, Nicholas Deminksi (R) versus Carolyn Comitta (D-Incumbent)

157th Legislative District, Warren Kampf (R-Incumbent) versus Melissa Shusterman (D) (Goes D)

158th Legislative District, Eric Roe (R-Incumbent) versus Christina Sappey (D) (Goes D)

162nd Legislative District, Mary Hopper (R) versus David Delloso (D) - Delloso by 3 (Goes D)

163rd Legislative District, James Santora (R-Incumbent) versus Michael Zabel (D) (Goes D)

165th Legislative District, Alex Charlton (R-Incumbent) versus Jennifer Omara (D) - (Goes D)

167th Legislative District, Duane Milne (R-Incumbent) versus Kristine Howard (D) - Howard by 4 (Goes D)

170th Legislative District, Martina White (R-Incumbent) versus Michael Doyle, Jr. (D) – (Stays R)

177th Legislative District, Patty Kozlowski (R) versus Joseph Hohenstein (D) - (Goes D)

178th Legislative District, Thomas Wendi (R) versus Helen Tai (D-Incumbent) - (Goes R)



Leadership Openings

  • Republican - Caucus Administrator
  • Democrats - None

Committee Chair Openings

  • Republicans
  • Education
  • Judiciary
  • Law & Justice
  • Transportation
  • Urban Affairs
  • Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness
  • ***Consumer Affairs and Professional Licensure (Depends on outcome of Tomlinson race – 6th Senatorial District)
  • Democrats – None


Leadership Openings

  • Republicans – Leader
  • Democrats – Whip

Committee Chair Openings

  • Republicans
  • Children and Youth
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Environmental Resources and Energy
  • Finance
  • Judiciary
  • Liquor Control
  • Local Government
  • Professional Licensure
  • Transportation
  • Urban Affairs

  • Democrats
  • Appropriations
  • Commerce
  • Ethics
  • Game & Fisheries
  • Liquor Control
  • Transportation
  • Urban Affairs


Steven Santarsiero - 10th Senatorial District

(D) Bucks County

Maria Collett - 12th Senatorial District

(D) Bucks and Montgomery Counties

Tim Kearney - 26th Senatorial District

(D) Chester and Delaware Counties

Kristin Hill – 28th Senatorial District

(R)York County

Judy Ward – 30th Senatorial District

(R) Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, and Huntingdon Counties

Lindsey Williams – 38th Senatorial District

(D) Allegheny County

Katie Muth – 44th Senatorial District

(D) Berks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties

Note: At the time of writing, the 6th Senatorial District, held by Senator Robert Tomlinson (R) is still too close to call.  Senator Tomlinson leads 50.05% to 49.95% (100 votes) and a recount will be completed in the next few days.


Robert Merski – 2nd 

(D) Erie County

Sara Innamorato – 21st 

(D)  Allegheny County

Brandon Markosek – 25th 

(D) Allegheny County

Meghan Schroeder – 29th 

(R) Bucks County

Lori Mizgorski – 30th 

(R) Allegheny County

Summer Lee – 34th 

(D) Allegheny County

Michael Puskaric – 39th 

(R) Allegheny and Washington Counties

Natalie Mihalek – 40th 

(R) Allegheny and Washington Counties

Valerie Gaydos – 44th 

(R) Allegheny County

Steven Malagari – 53rd

(D) Montgomery County

Robert Brooks – 54th 

(R) Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties

Laura Hanbidge – 61st 

(D) Montgomery County

James Struzzi – 62nd 

(R) Indiana County

James Rigby – 71st 

(R) Cambria and Somerset Counties

Dan Williams – 74th 

(D) Chester County

Stephanie Borowicz – 76th 

(R) Centre and Clinton Counties

Louis Schmitt, Jr. – 79th 

(R) Blair County

James Gregory – 80th 

(R) Blair County

Johnathan Hershey – 82nd 

(R) Franklin, Juniata, and Mifflin Counties

Paul Jones – 93rd 

(R) York County

Andrew Lewis – 105th 

(R) Dauphin County

Kyle Mullins – 112th 

(D) Lackawanna County

Wendy Ullman – 143rd 

(D) Bucks County

Todd Polinchock – 144th 

(R) Bucks

Joseph Ciresi – 146th 

(D) Montgomery County

Joseph Webster – 150th 

(D) Montgomery County

Ben Sanchez – 153rd 

(D) Montgomery County

Danielle Otten – 155th 

(D) Chester County

Melissa Shusterman – 157th 

(D) Chester and Montgomery Counties

Christina Sappey – 158th 

(D) Chester County

David Delloso – 162nd 

(D) Delaware County

Michael Zabel – 163rd 

(D) Delaware County

Jennifer Omara – 165th 

(D) Delaware County

Kristine Howard – 167th 

(D) Chester County

Joseph Hohenstein – 177th 

(D) Philadelphia County

Thomas Wendi – 178th 

(R) Bucks County

Malcolm Kenyatta – 181st 

(D) Philadelphia County

Elizabeth Fiedler – 184th 

(D) Philadelphia County

Torren Ecker – 193rd 

(R) Adams and Cumberland Counties

Danilo Burgos – 197th 

(D) Philadelphia County

Barbara Gleim – 199th 

(R) Cumberland County