Pennsylvania state Sen. Stack lands lieutenant governor post
Heading to Harrisburg with Tom Wolf, Philadelphia state Sen. Mike Stack will serve as lieutenant governor with the Democrats’ victory Tuesday night.
The Wolf-Stack ticket beat Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley 55 percent to 45 percent with 90 percent of precincts reporting.
Pennsylvania voters choose governor and lieutenant governor nominees separately in the May primary, but they run as a pair in the general election. Stack took nearly 47 percent of the vote in a five-way primary contest, boosted in part by a run of television ads in the days leading up to the primary.
During his bid, Stack, 51, a four-term state senator first elected in 2000, said he would support any of the gubernatorial candidates on the Democratic ticket. After his victory, Stack began coordinating more closely with the Wolf campaign. He made several appearances with Campaign for a Fresh Start, a pro-Wolf and pro-Democrat political action committee.
Stack has a degree from the Villanova University School of Law and is a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard.
The lieutenant governor’s job pays $157,765 a year, according to state salary records.
The office requires presiding over Senate sessions and, in some cases, casting a vote to break a tie. The lieutenant governor is first in the line of succession if the governor is unable to serve. He serves as chairman of the Board of Pardons.
Before becoming lieutenant governor, Cawley, 45, was a Bucks County commissioner, appointed in 2005 and elected in 2007.
Melissa Daniels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.