Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation is all-male no more.
Last night, Mary Gay Scanlon was sworn in to represent Pennsylvania’s old 7th Congressional District for the remainder of this session.
The Philadelphia suburban seat was vacated by Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Delaware) amid scandal in the Spring.
Scanlon comfortably won over Republican Pearl Kim in both the Special Election for Pennsylvania’s old 7th Congressional District and the newly drawn 5th District, that mainly encompasses Delaware County.
Scanlon is the first woman in Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation since 2015, although that will change very shortly when the next class of Congress is sworn in the new year that will add Madeleine Dean (PA-4), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6) and Susan Wild (PA-7) to Congress. Scanlon will be sworn in to represent the 5th District in the next session.
The official result of Pennsylvania’s other Special Election race in Pennsylvania’s old 15th Congressional District is still unknown. Democrat Susan Wild was successful in defeating Republican Marty Nothstein in the race for the newly drawn 7th District for next year’s Congress, but the two are still locked in a dead heat to represent the seat vacated by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh).