December 19, 2012

Speaker Names Republican, Democrat Committee Chairs

Speaker-Designate Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson) Wednesday announced the appointments of both Republican and Democratic committee chairmen for the 2013-14 Legislative Session, which begins in January.
“These House committees will tackle the serious issues facing Pennsylvania and, through public hearings and meetings, vet those issues and proposed solutions with public,” Smith said. “These men and women of both caucuses will lead the way in preparing legislation for the full House to consider.”
Smith made the following appointments, which are unofficial until announced on the House floor:

Aging and Older Adult Services:
Republican: Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester)
Democrat: Rep. Steve Samuelson (D-Lehigh)

Agriculture and Rural Affairs:
Republican: Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny)
Democrat: Rep. Joseph Petrarca (D-Armstrong)

Republican: Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware)
Democrat: Rep. Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny)

Children and Youth:
Republican: Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks)*
Democrat: Rep. Louise Bishop (D-Philadelphia)

Republican: Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester)*
Democrat: Rep. W. Curtis Thomas (D-Philadelphia)*

Consumer Affairs:
Republican: Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery)
Democrat: Rep. Peter J. Daley (D-Washington)*

Republican: Rep. Paul Clymer (R-Bucks)
Democrat: Rep. James Roebuck (D-Philadelphia)

Environmental Resources and Energy:
Republican: Rep. Ron Miller (R-York)
Democrat: Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware)*

Republican: Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Mifflin)
Democrat: Rep. Phyllis Mundy (D-Luzerne)

Game and Fisheries:
Republican: Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron)
Democrat: Rep. Gary Haluska (D-Cambria)

Gaming Oversight:
Republican: Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford)
Democrat: Rep. Rosita Youngblood (D-Philadelphia)

Republican: Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga)
Democrat: Rep. Flo Fabrizio (D-Erie)

Human Services:
Republican: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks)
Democrat: Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Philadelphia)*

Republican: Rep. Nick Micozzie (R-Delaware)
Democrat: Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Allegheny)

Republican: Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin)
Democrat: Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-Berks)

Labor and Industry:
Republican: Rep. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe)*
Democrat: Rep. Bill Keller (D-Philadelphia)

Liquor Control:
Republican: Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia)
Democrat: Rep. Paul Costa (D-Allegheny)

Local Government:
Republican: Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery)
Democrat: Rep. Bob Freeman (D-Northampton)

Professional Licensure:
Republican: Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh)
Democrat: Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Allegheny)

State Government:
Republican: Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler)
Democrat: Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia)

Tourism and Recreational Development:
Republican: Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair)
Democrat: Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland (D-Delaware)

Republican: Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford)
Democrat: Rep. Michael P. McGeehan (D-Philadelphia)

Urban Affairs:
Republican: Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York)*
Democrat: Rep. Ted Harhai (D-Westmoreland)*

Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness:
Republican: Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester)
Democrat: Rep. Chris Sainato (D-Beaver)