Long-serving Democratic state Rep. Phyllis Mundy announced her plan to retire at the end of her term.
Mundy, 65, is serving out her 12th term representing the 120th district, which includes portions of Luzerne County.
“It has been my privilege to serve the people of the 120th District,” said Mundy. “My staff and I have worked hard and done our best to serve all who needed our help. I am humbled by the confidence and support shown to me for the past 23 years, and I am extremely grateful for the tremendous opportunity to serve.”
While the news of her retirement is still fresh, rumors of who will replace Mundy are already circulating. Among them are West Wyoming City Councilwoman Eileen Cipriani and West Pittston attorney Laura Dennis according to Pittston Politics.
The district’s voter registration tilts solid blue: 56% of voters are Democrats and 35% are Republicans. President Obama beat Mitt Romney there 55% to 45% in 2012.
However, it’s not a lock. Gov. Tom Corbett carried the district in 2010 53% to 47%. There could be an opening if Republicans field an exceptional candidate.
In 2012, the GOP made a play at Mundy’s seat, but she won 12 points. In 2010 she earned 53% of the vote in a three-way race.
The 120th Legislative District includes the townships of Exeter, Jackson and Kingston; the boroughs of Courtdale, Exeter, Forty Fort, Luzerne, Pringle, Swoyersville, West Pittston, Wyoming, West Wyoming and the municipality of Kingston.
Mundy serves as Democratic chair of the House Finance Committee and co-chairs the bicameral Early Childhood Education Caucus. She also serves on the House Rules Committee.