House Dems Announce Committee Chairs

Today, House Democratic Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) announced new minority chairs for the 2019-2020 session.



Some familiar faces will be leading different committees, such as Rep. Joe Petrarca (D-Westmoreland) chairing Children and Youth, who led the Judiciary committee in the previous session.

Here are the minority chairs below.


Aging and Older Adult Services:
Rep. Steve Samuelson, 135th Legislative District, Northampton County.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs:
Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, 121st Legislative District, Luzerne County.

Children and Youth:
Rep. Joseph Petrarca, 55th Legislative District, Westmoreland, Armstrong and Indiana counties.

Rep. John Galloway, 140th Legislative District, Bucks County.

Consumer Affairs:
Rep. Rob Matzie, 16th Legislative District, Beaver and Allegheny counties.

Rep. James Roebuck, 188th Legislative District, Philadelphia County.

Environmental Resources and Energy:
Rep. Greg Vitali, 166th Legislative District, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

Rep. Jake Wheatley, 19th Legislative District, Allegheny County.

Game and Fisheries:
Rep. William Kortz, 38th Legislative District, Allegheny County.

Gaming Oversight:
Rep. Scott Conklin, 77th Legislative District, Centre County.

Rep. Dan Frankel, 23rd Legislative District, Allegheny County.

Human Services:
Rep. Angel Cruz, 180th Legislative District, Philadelphia County.

Rep. Tony DeLuca, 32nd Legislative District, Allegheny County.

Rep. Tim Briggs, 149th Legislative District, Montgomery County.

Labor and Industry:
Rep. Patrick Harkins, 1st Legislative District, Erie County.

Liquor Control:
Rep. Dan Deasy, 27th Legislative District, Allegheny County.

Local Government:
Rep. Bob Freeman, 136th Legislative District, Northampton County.

Professional Licensure:
Rep. Harry Readshaw, 36th Legislative District, Allegheny County.

State Government:
Rep. Kevin Boyle, 172nd Legislative District, Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.

Tourism and Recreational Development:
Rep. Mark Longietti, 7th Legislative District, Mercer County.

Rep. Mike Carroll, 118th Legislative District, Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.

Urban Affairs:
Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, 127th Legislative District, Berks County.

Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness:
Rep. Christopher Sainato, 9th Legislative District, Lawrence County.

January 7th, 2019 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Top Stories | 8 Comments

8 thoughts on “House Dems Announce Committee Chairs”

  1. Brett Heffner says:

    Bob Freeman has been re-elected to a minority chairmanship that he values.

  2. Millard Fillmore says:

    Daryl Metcalfe’s “Don’t touch me” comments lowered the political bar last year. Yet, once more, he chairs a committee and is a solid argument that bipartisanship is a dodge.

  3. David Diano says:

    Vitali wasn’t going to be on Environmental committee (because he pisses off the leadership by insisting clean air/water are important).

    But, apparently, no one else wanted to chair a committee with Metcalfe.

    If Vitali doesn’t make Metcalfe cry at least once a week, I’ll be disappointed.

    Maybe Greg can explain to Metcalfe that pollution is like someone touching your skin 24/7. 🙂

  4. Publius says:

    0 women. Way to go, assholes.

    1. yerkiddenright says:

      It was the “Year” of the Woman, not the party of women. Nver has been, really, not in PA.

      1. Court Watcher says:

        Both parties assigned these positions on seniority. If PoliticsPA had bothered including the leadership, you would see 2 women Dems [that was a separate press release]. What 6 years while some of the older men age out, and women will hold the majority of Dem chairs.

        1. yerkiddenright says:

          Committee chairs should not be based on seniority. The should be eldective within each caucus. Bunch of old hidebound hacks in chairs, especially on the D side.

          1. Court Watcher says:

            This comment is about as true as your earlier one, claiming Dems are not the party that elected women.

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