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New PA House Republican Majority Chooses 2011-2012 Leadership Team

New PA House Republican Majority Chooses 2011-2012 Leadership Team
Smith elected caucus-designee for speaker and Turzai elected leader
HARRISBURG – The 112 members of the incoming Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus today elected Rep. Samuel H. Smith as their choice for Speaker of the House and Rep. Michael C. Turzai as Majority Leader for the 2011-2012 legislative session.
Today’s caucus election comes seven days after Republicans regained control of the state House after four years of being in the minority.
Smith’s and Turzai’s elections were part of today’s reorganization session of the Republican Caucus. The formal election for speaker will take place in the full House when the 2011-2012 session begins on Jan. 4, 2011. Republicans hold a 112-91 majority in the state House.
“House Republicans are ready to restore citizens’ confidence in state government and attack the issues with civility,” Smith said. “As a body, we will have to work together to bring integrity back to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.”
“The message from our citizens has been clear and consistent: We have to reign in spending, end reckless borrowing and ultimately reduce tax rates,” Turzai said. “We needs a leaner, more accountable government.”
The Republican leadership team includes:
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE DESIGNEE: Rep. Sam Smith (66th District, Jefferson County). Smith has served as leader since 2003. In 2000, Smith was elected whip until April 2003, when he was elected majority leader after the death of Speaker Matthew J. Ryan. Smith was first elected to the House in 1986, succeeding his father, former Rep. Eugene “Snuffy” Smith.
LEADER: Rep. Mike Turzai (28th District, Allegheny County). Turzai was first elected to the House in 2001. He previously served as whip during the 2009-2010 legislative session. In 2006, he was elected Republican Policy Committee chairman.
WHIP: Rep. Stan Saylor (94th District, York County). Saylor was first elected to the House in 1992. In the 2009-2010 session, Saylor served as the Republican Policy Committee chairman.
APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN: Rep. William Adolph (165th District, Delaware County). Adolph was first elected to the House in 1988. Today, he was elected to his first full term as Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Last year, he was elected to the position to replace former Rep. Mario Civera, who resigned.
CAUCUS CHAIRMAN: Rep. Sandra Major (111th District, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties). Major was first elected to the House in 1994. She was re-elected to her third term as Caucus Chairman.
POLICY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: Rep. Dave Reed (62nd District, Indiana County). Reed was first elected to the House in 2002. He is currently chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee.
CAUCUS ADMINISTRATOR: Rep. Dick Stevenson (8th District, Mercer and Butler Counties). Stevenson was first elected to the House in 2000. This is his first election to House leadership.
CAUCUS SECRETARY: Rep. Mike Vereb (150th District, Montgomery County). Vereb was first elected in 2006. This will be his first term as Secretary.
Appropriations Chairman Adolph said, “Pennsylvanians, on the whole, are unwilling to spend more right now for government. With an eye on state revenues and expenditures, the House Appropriations Committee will focus on effectiveness of state programs and whether they match their intent.”
“House Republicans will be focused on making sure we protect the hard-earned dollars of Pennsylvania families and employers,” Turzai said.
The elections took place today in the House Republican Caucus Room in the Main Capitol Building. The 21 newly elected Republican members who will begin their terms in January participated in the balloting. Members who are leaving office did not participate in the election.
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