Bartolotta Named New SRCC Chair
State Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) has been selected to be the new chair of the Pennsylvania SRCC. The previous office holder was former state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny), who was elected to represent Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District in Congress this past November.
“I am honored by the appointment and the confidence placed in me by Senator Scarnati and all of Senate leadership,” Bartolotta said. “Senate republicans have been crucial in the fight to stop massive broad-based tax increases that would have crippled our economy. Instead our caucus has continuously focused on prioritizing spending and fostering job growth.”
Bartolotta has represented the 46th district since 2015, capturing a second term in the state Senate after coasting to a victory over Democrat James Craig in November. Bartolotta will become the first woman to lead the SRCC.
“Senator Bartolotta has been a leader in our caucus since her arrival in Harrisburg,” Senate President Pro Tempore Scarnati (R-Jefferson) said. “Her strong background in business and her established relationships with industry leaders will make her an exemplary chair of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee.”
The Republicans had a net loss of 5 seats in the state Senate during the most recent election, all taking place in the suburbs of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, but maintain their majority during this session.
The GOP has to defend three more seats in the next couple of months. The special election to fill the seat vacated by Reschenthaler in the 37th district is set for April 2, while state Sens. Rich Alloway (R-Adams/Cumberland/Franklin/York) and Don White (R-Indiana) announced they both will be retiring from their seats effective Feb. 28, triggering two more special elections.
Bartolotta says she’s looking forward to traveling the state and hopes to grow the GOP majority during this session.
“I look forward to traveling the Commonwealth and working with our Republican Senators, promoting and growing our majority over the next two years,” Bartolotta said.