January 5, 2015

House Announces Committee Chairs For New Session

Speaker-Designate Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) Monday announced the appointments of both Republican and Democratic committee chairmen for the 2015-16 Legislative Session, which begins January 6.
“These House committees will tackle the serious issues facing Pennsylvania and, through public hearings and meetings, vet those issues and proposed solutions with the public,” Turzai said. “These men and women of both caucuses will lead the way in preparing legislation for the full House to consider.”
Turzai made the following appointments, which are unofficial until announced on the House floor:
Aging and Older Adult Services
Republican: Rep. Tim Hennessey (Chester)
Democrat: Rep. Steve Samuelson (Lehigh)
Agriculture and Rural Affairs
Republican: Rep. Martin Causer (Cameron) - NEW
Democrat: Rep. John P. Sabatina (Philadelphia) - NEW
Children and Youth
Republican: Rep. Kathy Watson (Bucks)
Democrat: Rep. Louise Bishop (Philadelphia)
Republican: Rep. Adam Harris (Franklin) - NEW
Democrat: Rep. W. Curtis Thomas (Philadelphia)
Consumer Affairs
Republican: Rep. Robert Godshall (Montgomery)
Democrat: Rep. Peter J. Daley (Washington)
Republican: Rep. Stan Saylor (York) - NEW
Democrat: Rep. James Roebuck (Philadelphia)
Environmental Resources and Energy
Republican: Rep. John Maher (Allegheny) - NEW
Democrat: Rep. Greg Vitali (Delaware)
Republican: Rep. Bernie O’Neill (Bucks) - NEW
Democrat: Rep. Jake Wheatley (Allegheny) - NEW
Game and Fisheries
Republican: Rep. Keith Gillespie (York) - NEW
Democrat: Rep. Ted Harhai (Westmoreland) -  NEW
Gaming Oversight
Republican: Rep. John Payne (Dauphin) - NEW
Democrat: Rep. Nick Kotik (Allegheny) - NEW
Republican: Rep. Matt Baker (Bradford)
Democrat: Rep. Florindo (Flo) Fabrizio (Erie)
Human Services
Republican: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (Bucks)
Democrat: Rep. Angel Cruz (Philadelphia)
Republican: Rep. Tina Pickett (Bradford)
Democrat: Rep. Tony DeLuca (Allegheny)
Republican: Rep. Ron Marsico (Dauphin)
Democrat: Rep. Joseph A. Petrarca (Westmoreland) - NEW
Labor and Industry
Republican: Rep. Mauree Gingrich (Lebanon) - NEW
Democrat: Rep. Marc J. Gergely (Allegheny) - NEW
Liquor Control
Republican: Rep. Chris Ross (Chester) - NEW
Democrat: Rep. Paul Costa (Allegheny)
Local Government
Republican: Rep. Kate Harper (Montgomery)
Democrat: Rep. Bob Freeman (Northampton)
Professional Licensure
Republican: Rep. Julie Harhart (Lehigh)
Democrat: Rep. Harry Readshaw (Allegheny)
State Government
Republican: Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (Butler)
Democrat: Rep. Mark Cohen (Philadelphia)
Tourism and Recreational Development
Republican: Rep. Dave Hickernell (Lancaster) - NEW
Democrat: Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland (Delaware)
Republican: Rep. John Taylor (Philadelphia)
Democrat: Rep. William F. Keller (Philadelphia) - NEW
Urban Affairs
Republican: Rep. Scott Petri (Bucks) - NEW
Democrat: Rep. Thomas R. Caltagirone (Berks) - NEW
Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness
Republican: Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (Delaware)
Democrat: Rep. Christopher Sainato (Lawrence)