January 5, 2017

House Speaker Turzai Names Republican, Democrat Committee Chairs For New Session

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) Thursday announced the appointments of both Republican and Democratic committee chairs for the 2017-18 legislative session.
The House Gaming Oversight, Labor and Industry, Tourism and Recreation Development and Urban Affairs Committees have new Majority and Minority Chairs.
There are new Republican Chairs of the Appropriations, Commerce, Education and Professional Licensure Committees.
New Democratic Chairs will take over the Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Children and Youth, Consumer Affairs, Environmental Resources and Energy, Game and Fisheries and State Government Committees.
“The men and women who chair the House committees are getting the work done to prepare legislation for the full House to consider,” said Speaker Turzai.  “Through public hearings and meetings, committee chairs lead the way by vetting proposed solutions to the serious issues and challenges facing Pennsylvania.”
Speaker Turzai made the following appointments, which are unofficial until announced on the House floor--
Aging and Older Adult Services
Majority: Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester)
Minority: Rep. Steve Samuelson (D-Lehigh)
Agriculture and Rural Affairs
Majority: Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron)
Minority: Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) NEW
Majority: Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) NEW
Minority: Rep. Joe Markosek D-Allegheny)
Children and Youth
Majority: Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks)
Minority: Rep. Scott Conklin (D-Centre) NEW
Majority: Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) NEW
Minority: Rep. W. Curtis Thomas (D-Philadelphia)
Consumer Affairs
Majority: Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery)
Minority: Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-Berks) NEW
Majority: Rep. David Hickernell (R-Lancaster) NEW
Minority: Rep. James Roebuck (D-Philadelphia)
Environmental Resources and Energy
Majority: Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny
Minority: Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne) NEW
Majority: Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks)
Minority: Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny)
Game and Fisheries
Majority: Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York)
Minority: Rep. Bryan Barbin (D-Cambria) NEW
Gaming Oversight
Majority: Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks) NEW
Minority: Rep. Patrick Harkins (D-Erie) NEW
Majority: Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford)
Minority: Rep. Florindo (Flo) Fabrizio (D-Erie)
Human Services
Majority: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks)
Minority: Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Philadelphia)
Majority: Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford)
Minority: Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Allegheny)
Majority: Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin)
Minority: Rep. Joseph A. Petrarca (D-Westmoreland)
Labor and Industry
Majority: Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) NEW
Minority: Rep. John Galloway (D-Bucks) NEW
Liquor Control
Majority: Rep. Adam Harris (R-Juniata)
Minority: Rep. Paul Costa (R-Allegheny)
Local Government
Majority: Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery)
Minority: Rep. Bob Freeman (D-Northampton)
Professional Licensure
Majority: Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) NEW
Minority: Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Allegheny)
State Government
Majority: Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler)
Minority: Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) NEW
Tourism and Recreational Development
Majority: Rep. David Millard (R-Columbia) NEW
Minority: Rep. Mark Longietti (D-Mercer) NEW
Majority: Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia)
Minority: Rep. William F. Keller (D-Philadelphia)
Urban Affairs
Majority: Rep. Mark Keller (R-Cumberland) NEW
Minority: Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Philadelphia) NEW
Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness
Majority: Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Delaware)
Minority: Rep. Christopher Sainato (D-Lawrence)
House Republican Policy Committee
Chair: Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York)
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