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Pa. Sen. John DiSanto announces he won’t run for reelection

By: - December 8, 2023 3:22 pm

(Photo via John DiSanto campaign)

State Sen. John DiSanto (R-Dauphin) announced that he will not seek reelection in 2024 for the 15th state Senate District. 

“As much as I would enjoy defeating a third Democrat[ic] opponent, I will honor my two-term pledge,” DiSanto wrote in a press release on Friday. 

DiSanto was first elected to the state Senate in 2016 by defeating incumbent Democratic state Sen. Rob Teplitz by 3 points. He secured a second term in 2020 by defeating Democratic challenger George Scott by 3 points.

DiSanto said he takes great pride in having the smallest staff in the state Senate and appreciates all the hard work done addressing constituents’ concerns. 

“I do not participate in the state pension plan, take no reimbursements from my senate or campaign accounts, donated all COLAs to charity and have consistently offered the fewest number of bills in the senate,” DiSanto said in the news release. “I will continue for the next year to fight the expansion of state government and work to stop money-wasting, government-growing ideas from becoming law.” 

DiSanto’s Dauphin county seat is a top target for Democrats in the 2024 cycle as they try to flip the Senate. 

Six-term state Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) announced her candidacy for the seat in October and has support from a long list of Democrats across the commonwealth, including Gov. Josh Shapiro

According to data provided by the Kim campaign in October, President Joe Biden carried the district’s new boundaries by 15 points over then-President Donald Trump in 2020.

Although winning the seat appears to be more favorable for Democrats after redistricting, DiSanto said that he’s committed to working “tirelessly to ensure the 15th senate district is entrusted to another Republican legislator with the same ideals.”

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John Cole
John Cole

John Cole is a journalist based in Philadelphia. He's worked for various outlets such as The Northeast Times, PoliticsPA, and PCN. In these previous roles, he covered a wide range of topics from local civic association meetings to races across the commonwealth. He earned a degree in journalism from Temple University.