The Pennsylvania General Assembly
is the state legislature
of the U.S. state
. The legislature convenes in the State Capitol
building in Harrisburg
. In colonial times (1682–1776), the legislature was known as the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly
. Since the Constitution of 1776
, written by American revolutionaries, the legislature has been known as the General Assembly. The General Assembly became a bicameral
legislature in 1790.
The General Assembly has 253 members, consisting of a Senate
with 50 members and a House of Representatives
with 203 members, making it the second-largest state legislature in the nation (behind New Hampshire
) and the largest full-time legislature. As of 2005, members' base pay was $78,314,, and a 112-90 majority in the House.
The Pennsylvania general elections are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years. A vacant seat must be filled by special election, the date of which is set by the presiding officer of the respective house.
Senators must be at least 25 years old, and Representatives at least 21 years old. They must be citizens and residents of the state for a minimum of four years and reside in their... Read More