Lawrence Farnese Jr.

Party: Democrat
Position: State Senator, District 1
Chair: Community, Economic, and Recreational Development (minority chair)
Member: Banking and Insurance; Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure; Judiciary; Rules and Executive Nominations
In office since: 2009
Next Election:
Previous occupations: Attorney (current)
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Contact Information:
1802 S. Broad Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19145  


  • Supports dredging the Delaware River and expanding Philadelphia’s ports

Ethics reform

  • Sponsored legislation to enact campaign finance contribution limits, end “pay-to-play” in State contracts, and prohibit future elected officials from participating in the DROP program (a retirement program commonly abused)

Public safety

  • Supports reducing gun violence through banning assault weapons, banning high-capacity magazines, closing the Florida Loophole, increasing penalties for illegally carrying concealed weapons, and combatting straw purchases of illegal hand-guns (buying guns on behalf of somebody else who is prohibited from gun ownership)

  • Restored funding for Philadelphia’s mounted police officers

  • Wants to increase oversight of neighborhood nuisance bars

  • Successfully increased funding for witness protection programs

Civil rights

  • Supports equal rights and non-discrimination legislation for all groups

  • Supports expanding the State’s hate crime laws

  • Supports banning conversion therapy


  • Indicted in 2016 for allegedly bribing a ward committee member to vote for him as ward leader; he was later acquitted of all charges (source)

  • Current ward leader for the 8th ward (source)