Member Biography

John Patrick Sabatina Jr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
2015       5 Democrat
2016       5 Democrat
2017       5 Democrat
2018       5 Democrat
2019       5 Democrat
2020       5 Democrat
2021       5 Democrat
2022       5 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


10/06/1970 -

John Patrick Sabatina, Jr. (D5) Philadelphia (Part) County 2015-2021

Early Life: 

John Patrick Sabatina, Jr., born, Abington, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, October 6, 1970; son of John and Judith Sabatina; Father Judge High School, 1988; West Chester University of Pennsylvania, B.S., marketing, 1992; Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1997; assistant district attorney, Philadelphia; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Special Election, 2006- resigned, June 9, 2015; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, Special Education, June 9, 2015- resigned December 31, 2021; elected, judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, 2022-present; married, Eileen, daughters Caroline and Catherine.

Early Career:

Assistant, district attorney, Philadelphia.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Philadelphia Bar Association; Pennsylvania District Attorney Association, Sons of Italy Greater Roxborough Lodge No. 2217, Father Judge Alumni Association and Saint Christopher’s Parish.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Special Election, March 14, 2006; Sworn-In, April 3, 2006, served the remaining 2005 term; reelected, 2006 resigned June 9, 2015; appointed, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, 2011-2014. 

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate 5th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, Special Education, June 9, 2015-2021 filled the vacancy, Mike Stack resignation, who was elected lieutenant governor; committee assignments, Aging and Youth, Communications and Technology, Community, Economic and Recreational Development, Judiciary, Transportation (minority chair); resigned, December 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. 

Elected, Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, 2022-present. 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography: 

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


The Pennsylvania Manual, (2019-2020). Mattos, S. (Editor). (Volume 124) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 3-32, 3-40; Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-22.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Legislative Journal Tuesday, January 4, 2022, Session of 2021, 205th of the general Assembly No. 60 page 1328.