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Pam Iovino, Pennsylvania State Senate District 37
2019 Race Update: Pam won 52% to 48%
Pam Iovino was raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, the youngest of three. Her household was lower-middle socio-economically, however, her parents never let her lose sight of the idea that if she tried her best and got a good education, she could be anything she wanted to be. This idea led her to graduate from Gettysburg College and pursue a commission in the U.S. Navy — graduating with distinction from Officer Candidate School, and eventually to earning a Masters degree from the Naval War College.
Her 23-year career in the United States Navy, culminating in promotion to Captain, grounded her in a career of public service. After tours as a Missile Maintenance Officer, Manpower analyst, Network Warfare program manager, Commanding Officer assignments, and Congressional Liaison, she retired from the Navy. Her retirement was to assume the Senate-confirmed Presidential appointment as Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As Assistant Secretary, she was the Department’s lead advocate on Capitol Hill for our nation’s 25 million veterans and their families, protecting and improving their benefits. Most recently she served as the Director of Veterans Services for Allegheny County.
A career in public service, at the federal and local level, makes Pam uniquely qualified to serve in Harrisburg. Her life and career have been dedicated to these pursuits and she is ready to work for the people of the 37th District. Pam will bring dignity, independence, and our shared values to Harrisburg because she believes deeply that this is what our families deserve.
2019 Election Update
EveryDistrict has endorsed Pam Iovino for the special election for Pennsylvania State Senate District 37 (LDI: -8) on April 2, 2019; Iovino won her race 52% to 48% and is the first R-to-D flip of 2019. Democrats now need to flip four seats to take control of the chamber in 2020.
2018 Election Update
After the 2016 election, Republicans controlled the Pennsylvania State Senate 34-16. Heading into the 2018 election, Republicans controlled the chamber 33-16 with one vacancy in a Republican-held seat.
In the 2018 election, Democrats flipped five seats. Republicans now control the chamber 29-21.
Democrats flipped SD 10 (LDI: -1), SD 12 (LDI: 1), SD 26 (LDI: 10), SD 38 (LDI: -2), and SD 44 (LDI: -4).
Understanding the Map
EveryDistrict’s Legislative District Index (LDI) ranks state legislative districts on a scale from 100 to -100, using statewide elections data. Districts with a score of 100 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Democratic candidate receiving 100% of the vote); districts with a score of -100 would vote for statewide Republican candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Republican candidate receiving 100% of the vote). For a more realistic example, a district with a score of 10 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 10 points (meaning we would expect the Democratic state legislative candidate to win with 55% of the vote compared to the Republican winning 45% of the vote).
EveryDistrict divides winnable districts into five categories. Dark blue districts lean Democratic and are held by a Democratic legislator. Light blue districts lean Republican and are held by a Democratic legislator. Yellow districts lean Democratic but are held by a Republican legislator; these districts represent the best pick up opportunities for Democrats. Pink districts lean slightly Republican, with a range of 0 up to -5; in the current political climate we’ve identified these districts as pick up opportunities for Democrats. Dark red districts are held by a Republican and have an LDI score of less than -5.
For more information about EveryDistrict’s LDI, please click here.
Updated LDI scores incorporating the 2018 election results will be released in spring 2019.