“The Senate Republicans just came off a very successful Election Cycle bringing with it a historic veto-proof majority. I look forward to working to continue to maintain and grow our majority over the next two years,” Reschenthaler said of his appointment.
“I am confident that Senator Reschenthaler will help to provide strong leadership to the SRCC. His dynamic personality, work ethic and innovative ideas will lead our caucus through another successful Election Cycle,” Scarnati said in the statement naming Reschenthaler.
The SRCC is coming off a big cycle with Senator Scott Wagner at the helm. Republicans flipped three Democratic held seats and earned a veto proof majority in the State Senate.
The SRCC’s principal task this cycle will be defense. Just 7 of 25 seats up this cycle are held by Democrats, including three seats in Philadelphia, one in Pittsburgh, two in northeast PA and one in the Lehigh Valley.
Two races came within single digits in 2014: the 26th District, held by Sen. Thomas McGarrigle (R-Delaware), and the 46th District, held by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington).
Reschenthaler won his seat first in a special election in 2015, then won his first full term in November.
Reschenthaler is a former Judge Advocate General attorney, who served in Iraq, and is a former Magisterial District Judge for Pleasant Hills, Jefferson Hills and South Park.