In 2022, The States Project was by far the largest funder — 80 times the next largest supporter to candidates and caucuses — in the successful effort to shift the balance of power in the Pennsylvania State House for the first time in 12 years. After flipping 12 districts, the new House majority was able to gain governing power by just one seat, a seat that was decided by just 32 voters.
But just this past February, the new House majority was in jeopardy with three vacancies in majority-held seats. The States Project helped to hold these seats, successfully defending the balance of power.
While the House has been able to advance critical policies in the legislature , because of the rightwing-controlled Senate, these policies may not be enacted during this session.
Protecting the current pro-democracy House majority that we helped to elect, and flipping three seats to achieve a tie in the Senate would ensure that all Pennsylvanians are able to benefit from policies that defend democracy, protect their personal freedoms and improve lives.
Our work to flip the Pennsylvania House started in 2021 — before a single line on new maps was drawn — with a Giving Circles-fueled deep canvassing of the areas most likely to become purple districts.
Even with this early start and sustained effort and investment in building a House majority, two races were decided by fewer than 100 votes — three others by fewer than 1,000.
In preparation for a high stakes state legislative election in 2024, we’ve already started our work in both chambers to fuel majorities that will prioritize meeting the needs of the people they are elected to serve.
In May, there was a special election for HD-163, which would determine if Pennsylvania would continue to have a House majority committed to safeguarding democracy, protecting personal freedoms, and improving lives. Because we knew that losing this one seat would shift power in the chamber back to the rightwing, we invested to protect this seat. We’re proud to say we helped power a victory that secured the Pennsylvania House majority.
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In 2022, The States Project bet big in Pennsylvania — investing 80 times more than the next largest contributor to caucuses and candidates in the Pennsylvania House. All of the State House seats were up for election in 2022, and with fairer maps after redistricting, The States Project’s electoral work focused on ending rightwing control of the Pennsylvania legislature.
We helped to flip the Pennsylvania House, netting the 12 seats we needed for a new House majority for the first time since 2010.