Corman Defeats Pileggi for Majority Leader Post
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) was defeated in caucus elections today by Centre County Senator Jake Corman.
The insurgent won across the board today with Senator Joe Scarnati remaining Senate Pro Tempore.
Among the other new officeholders include: Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) as the new Senate Appropriations Chairman; Sen. John Gordner of Columbia will be the new Majority Whip; Montgomery County Sen. Bob Mensch is set to be become Caucus Chair; and Sen. Rich Alloway (R-Franklin) will be Caucus Secretary.
Ironically, the victory Republicans won last Tuesday contributed to Pileggi’s defeat.
New conservative members from western PA were unhappy with the SEPA native, feeling he has been too moderate and close to labor unions.
The ascension of Corman represents a major shift in the caucus towards the more conservative faction of the Republican Party ahead of the Wolf Administration.
Update: Sen. Scarnati has appointed Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks) as Senate Caucus Administrator and Sen. David Argall (R-Schuykill) as Senate Majority Policy Committee Chairman.