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Pam Iovino
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 37th district

In office
April 29, 2019 (2019-04-29) – November 30, 2020 (2020-11-30)
Preceded by Guy Reschenthaler
Succeeded by Devlin Robinson
Personal details
Born July 23, 1956(1956-07-23) (age 66)
Political party Democratic
Residence Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Website Campaign website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1980–2003
Rank US Navy O6 infobox.svg Captain

Pamela Marie Iovino[1][2] is an American politician from the state of Pennsylvania. A Democrat, she was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 37th district and served from 2019 to 2020.

Education and early career

Iovino was raised in a suburb outside Pittsburgh.[3] She graduated from Gettysburg College with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1978. She joined the United States Navy as an ensign in 1980. She eventually earned the rank of captain. Iovino earned a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in 1993. In 2004, Iovino became Assistant Secretary in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for Congressional and Legislative Affairs.[4]

Earlier political career

Following Tim Murphy's resignation from the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district in 2017, Iovino sought to become the Democratic Party nominee in the special election to succeed him.

On November 19, 2017, local Democrats chose former U.S. Assistant Attorney Conor Lamb during a nominating convention instead.[5] Iovino placed third on both ballots, trailing behind Westmoreland County Commissioner Gina Cerilli and Lamb, the eventual special election winner.[6]

Pennsylvania Senate

After Guy Reschenthaler, who represented the 37th district in the Pennsylvania State Senate, was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2018, a special election was called to fill the remainder of his term in the state senate.

Democrats selected Iovino as their nominee, and she faced Republican D. Raja.[7] On April 2, 2019, Iovino defeated Raja, receiving 52% of the vote.[8][9] Iovino was formally sworn in on April 29, 2019.[10][11]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Iovino sponsored an amendment clarifying that volunteer firefighting companies could use Volunteer Firefighting Relief Association funds to sanitize and disinfect equipment.[12] In July 2020, Iovino signed a letter urging Governor Tom Wolf to ease restrictions on bars and restaurants.[13]

In July 2020, Iovino lost her wallet, which was coincidentally found and returned by her Republican opponent Devlin Robinson.[14]

Iovino was defeated by Devlin Robinson on November 3, 2020.[15]


  1. Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Reserve Officers on the Active-Duty List. Bureau of Naval Personnel. October 1, 1984. p. 110. Retrieved November 16, 2020. 
  2. "PN1465 — Navy". July 15, 1994. Retrieved November 16, 2020. 
  3. "Pam Iovino for State Senate". Retrieved July 15, 2019. 
  4. "News Releases – Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs" (in en). Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. 
  5. Potter, Chris (2017-11-19). "Democrats choose Conor Lamb, a former federal prosecutor, to replace Tim Murphy" (in en). 
  6. "Conor Lamb Wins First-Ever Congressional Democratic Convention" (in en). 2017-11-19. 
  7. "In Pa's 37th senate district, Dems recommend Pam Iovino, GOP nominates D. Raja" (in en). 
  8. "Democrat Pam Iovino Declares Victory Over Republican D. Raja In Pa. Senate Special Election" (in en). April 2, 2019. 
  9. "Pennsylvania Elections – Office Results". 
  10. "Pam Iovino Sworn into Pennsylvania Senate". April 29, 2019. 
  11. Hardison, Elizabeth (April 29, 2019). "Democrat Pam Iovino takes the oath of office, is one of 13 women serving in the state Senate". 
  12. "State Senate passes legislation to provide $538 million in CARES Act funding for nursing & long-term care facilities, and fire & EMS grants". May 18, 2020. 
  13. "Pa. Legislators Send Letter To Gov. Tom Wolf, Requesting Restrictions Be Readjusted For Bars And Restaurants". July 24, 2020. 
  14. Fearnow, Benjamin (2020-07-18). "GOP State Senate Candidate Finds and Returns Wallet to Opponent". 
  15. Smeltz, Adam (2020-11-04). "AP calls race for Devlin Robinson in 37th state Senate district" (in en). 

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