November 12, 2014

FINAL: Senate, House GOP Have New Leadership For New Legislative Session

Senate and House Republicans will have new leadership when the new legislative session begins in January as a result of caucus elections held Wednesday. Ironic that in losing seats, the Senate and House Democrats were the ones not to change their top Leadership.
Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) is the new Senate Majority Leader, replacing Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware), in a contested race.  Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) becomes the new Majority Appropriations Committee Chair, replacing Sen. Corman, and Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia) was elected Majority Whip replacing Sen. Browne.  Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) was re-elected as President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
Rep. David Reed (R-Indiana) won a contested election as the new House Majority Leader, replacing Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), who was elected Speaker of the House replacing the retiring Sam Smith.  Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), replaces Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) as Majority Whip.  Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) was re-elected as Majority Appropriations Chair.
Senate Democrats will have largely the same team: Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) was re-elected as Minority Leader, Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) is Minority Chair of the Appropriations Committee and Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) is Minority Whip.
House Democrats re-elected Rep. Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) as House Minority Leader in a contested race. Rep. Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny) was re-elected Minority Appropriations Committee Chair and Rep. Mike Hanna (D-Clinton) was re-elected as Minority Whip.
           After the Leadership elections, both the Senate and House adjourned sine die and ended the 2013-14 legislative session.
These are the complete results--
House Speaker-Designee: Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), formerly House Majority Leader
Majority Leader: David Reed (R-Indiana), formerly Chair of GOP Policy Committee
Majority Whip: Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), was Stan Saylor (R-York)
Appropriations Chair: Bill Adolph (R-Delaware), re-elected
Caucus Chair: Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna), re-elected
Policy Committee Chair: Kerry Benninghoff (R-Mifflin), was David Reed (R-Indiana)
Caucus Administrator: Brian Ellis (R-Butler) was Richard Stevenson (R-Mercer) retiring
Caucus Secretary: Donna Oberlander (R-Armstrong), was Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery)
Minority Leader: Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny), re-elected
Minority Whip: Mike Hanna (D-Clinton), re-elected
Appropriations Chair: Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny), re-elected
Caucus Chair: Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), re-elected
Policy Committee Chair: Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster), re-elected
Caucus Administrator: Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill), re-elected
Caucus Secretary: Rosita Youngblood (D-Philadelphia), was Ron Waters (D-Philadelphia)
Interim President Pro Tempore: Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), re-elected
Majority Leader: Jake Corman (R-Centre), was Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware)
Majority Whip: John Gordner (R-Columbia), was Pat Browne (R-Lehigh)
Appropriations Chair: Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), was Jake Corman (R-Centre)
Caucus Chair: Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery), was John Gordner (R-Columbia)
Policy Committee Chair: David Argall (R-Schuylkill), was Ted Erickson (R-Delaware) retiring
Caucus Administrator: Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks), was Richard Alloway (R-Franklin)
Caucus Secretary: Richard Alloway (R-Franklin), was Robert Robbins (R-Mercer) retiring
Minority Leader: Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), re-elected
Minority Whip: Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia), re-elected
Appropriations Chair: Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia), re-elected
Caucus Chair: Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny), was Richard Kasunic (D-Somerset) retiring
Policy Committee Chair: Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh), re-elected
Caucus Administrator: John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) was Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny)
Caucus Secretary: Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia), was Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia)
House GOP Names Reed Majority Leader, Turzai Speaker