Ward Elected Senate Majority Leader
Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) made history on Thursday.
Senate Republican leadership elected Ward to serve as the Senate Majority Leader, making her the first woman to serve as majority leader in Pennsylvania’s state Senate.
Ward is taking over for Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre), who was elevated to Senate President Pro Tempore. Corman will be replacing Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) as Pro Tem., who is retiring at the end of this current term.
NEWS: Pennsylvania Senate Republicans has chosen Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, as the first female majority leader in the history of the General Assembly. She’ll replace Jake Corman, who will now be Senate President Pro Tempore.
— Stephen Caruso (@StephenJ_Caruso) November 12, 2020
Thank you so much for all of the kind words! I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the Senate Majority Leader come December. I am a woman and I am a senator. Now let’s get to work!https://t.co/zVNeHG2O1R
— State Senator Kim L. Ward (@SenatorKimWard) November 12, 2020
While Corman and Ward take on new roles, Appropriations Committee Chair Pat Brown (R-Lehigh), Majority Whip John Gordner (R-Columbia), Majority Caucus Chairman Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery), and Majority Caucus Secretary Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) all remain in their positions in leadership for the upcoming session.
Senate Democrats will select their leadership committee next week.