PA State Senate Leadership Remains Mainly Unchanged
The turnover on Election Night was much greater than today’s leadership elections.
The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats and Republicans selected their leadership teams for the upcoming 2019-2020 legislative session, with very little change occurring on either side.
The Republicans are only losing one member from the previous leadership team with the retirement of Sen. Chuck McIlhenny (R-Bucks) who serves as the Majority Caucus Administrator until the completion of this session. According to the PLSReporter, that position will be appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati on the first day of session.
The Republicans are bringing back Scarnati (R-Jefferson) as President Pro Tempore, Sens. Jake Corman (R-Centre) for a third term as Majority Leader, Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) for another term as Chair of the Appropriations Committee, John Gordner (R-Snyder/Northumberland/Montour/Columbia/Luzerne) re-elected as Majority Whip, Bob Mensch (R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery) for another term as Majority Caucus Chairman, and Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) re-elected as Majority Caucus Secretary.
The Democrats have re-elected their entire leadership team, Sens. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) as Senate Minority Leader, Anthony Hardy Williams (D-Philadelphia) as Senate Minority Whip, Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) as Minority Appropriations Committee Chair, Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) as Minority Caucus Chair, Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) as Minority Caucus Secretary, Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) as Minority Policy Committee Chair, John Blake (D-Lackawanna) for Minority Caucus Administrator and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) as Vice Chair of the Minority Appropriations Committee.
The Democrats flipped 5 state Senate seats on Election night, four in the suburbs of Philadelphia and 1 in the Pittsburgh region, trimming the Republican majority from an 18 seat advantage to 8 seats. The Republicans will enter the next session with 29 Senators, while the Democrats bring in 21.