November 14, 2012

Senate Republicans Unanimously Re-Elect Leadership Team

On Wednesday, Senate Republicans re-elected their entire Leadership teams for the 2013-14 Legislative session--
-- Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson;
-- Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware);
-- Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman (R-Centre);
-- Senate Majority Whip Pat Browne (R-Lehigh);
-- Majority Policy Committee Chairman Ted Erickson (R-Delaware);
-- Majority Caucus Chairman Mike Waugh (R-York);
-- Majority Caucus Secretary Bob Robbins (R-Mercer); and
-- Majority Caucus Administrator John Gordner (R-Columbia).

Sen.  Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) has been nominated once again to serve as President Pro Tempore. The full Senate will vote on Scarnati’s nomination when it reconvenes in January. As President Pro Tempore, he will be responsible for appointing the chairpersons and members of the standing committees of the Senate. He will also play a significant role in negotiations with the Administration and the House of Representatives.
A native of Brockway in Jefferson County, Sen. Scarnati was elected to the Senate in 2000. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University at DuBois, the Senator is a third-generation small business owner and served in local government.
Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) will serve his fourth term as Senate Majority Leader. His duties include overseeing the legislative agenda, developing policies and strategies for the Senate Republican Caucus, and playing a key role in floor debates. He will also have a major role in negotiating issues with the Administration and House of Representatives and in coordinating action on the Senate floor.
Sen. Pileggi was first elected to the Senate in 2002. Prior to his election to the Senate, Sen.  Pileggi served as Mayor of the City of Chester from 1998 to 2002. He also served as a Chester City Councilman from 1994 to 1998 and on the school board for Chester-Upland School District.
Leadership of the Senate Appropriations Committee, one of the most influential of the standing committees, will remain with Sen.  Jake Corman (R-Centre). The committee reviews all legislation for its fiscal impact and plays a crucial role in developing the state budget.
Sen.  Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) was elected Majority Whip. His duties include acting as assistant floor leader, working to gain support for legislation and assuring that Republican policies and strategies are maintained through the cooperative efforts of the majority caucus.
Sen.  Mike Waugh (R-York) will serve as Majority Caucus Chairman for the 2013-2014 legislative session. As chairman he will preside over Republican caucus meetings to discuss bills and amendments and to develop caucus strategy.
As the Senate Majority Caucus Secretary, Sen.  Bob Robbins (R-Mercer) will oversee all executive nominations submitted to the Senate for confirmation. He will coordinate the review of the background and experience of nominees and ensure that proper documentation is submitted.
Senate Republicans hold a 27-23 majority in the Senate. Three Senate Republicans will retire at the end of the 2012 session. They include Sen.  Jeffrey Piccola (R-Dauphin), Sen.  Mary Jo White (R-Venango), and Sen.  Jane Earll (R-Erie).
Senator-elect Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango) will be sworn in to represent the 21st Senatorial District in January.