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QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS TO RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE 

OFFICE                                                AGE                  RESIDENCY/CITIZENSHIP 
President of United States                35               14 yrs. Resident in Nation, 
                                                                      
Natural Born Citizen
 

United States Senator                      30               Inhabitant of State,
                                                                      9 yrs. Citizen

Representative in Congress              25                Inhabitant of State,
                                                                      7 yrs. Citizen 

Governor                                        30               7 yrs. Inhabitant of State, 
                                                                      
Citizenship Required
 

Lt. Governor                                    30               7 yrs. Inhabitant of State, 
                                                                       
Citizenship Required
 

Attorney General                              30               7 yrs. Inhabitant of State,
(Must be Member of  Bar of Supreme Court)            Citizenship Required

Auditor General                                   (N O T   S P E C I F I E D) 

State Treasurer                                   (N O T   S P E C I F I E D) 

Senator in General Assembly                25               4 yrs. Inhabitant of State,
                                                                        1 yr. Inhabitant of District, 
                                                                        
4 yrs. Citizen
 

Representative in General                    21               4 yrs. Inhabitant of State,   Assembly                                                            1 yr. Inhabitant of District
                                                                        4 yrs. Citizen Justice,

Judge                                              N/A              1 yr. Resident of District
(Must be Member of Bar of Supreme Court)               Citizenship Required 

*County Officer                                 18               1 yr. Resident of County
(except Home Rule Counties)                                  Citizenship Required 

*Third Class City Officer                      21               1 yr. Resident of City
                                                                         Citizenship Required 

District Justice                                   18               1 yr. Resident of District
(Must be Member of Bar of Supreme Court                 Citizenship Required
    Or complete training course)

 School Director                                  18               1 yr. Resident of District                                                                Citizenship Required 

*Borough Officer                                 18                Registered Elector of Borough
                                                                           Citizenship Required 

*Township Officer                               18                 Registered Elector of Township 
                                                                           
Citizenship Required
 *Constable                                            (N O T   S P E C I F I E D)  

*Special qualifications apply to offices such as District Attorney, City Controller,
       Etc.Consult the pertinent laws for more specific information. 

 Qualifications for Political Party Offices may be obtained from the State or  
    
County Committee headquarters.
    

SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN THE EVENT OF PASSAGE OF AMENDATORY LEGISLATION 

 
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