PA House Republicans Elect Leadership Team for 2023-24 Legislative Session
HARRISBURG, Pa. (ErieNewsNow) - This evening, House Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania announced their leadership team for the 2023-24 legislative session. The new GOP leaders were elected this afternoon by their peers.
“We emerged today optimistic, united and ready to take on the big issues that are currently confronting the commonwealth,” said Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), who currently serves as House Speaker in the Republican-controlled lower chamber. “The responsibility is to defeat policies that are anti-growth, defeat policies that are anti-opportunity. It will be up to us to defend that and make sure that we can be successful as a Commonwealth,” Cutler added.
The announcement this afternoon comes at a uniquely uncertain time for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. After the Nov. 8 elections for the redistricted state House districts, Democrats beat Republicans in the race to a 102-seat majority. However, three of those Democratic seats will be vacated come January; two will be resigning as they prepare for higher office, and one passed away in October, but was still elected after remaining on the ballot. Per state election law, substitute candidates cannot replace a deceased candidate after ballots have started printing which, in this case, occurred a few weeks before the death of Democratic State Rep. Tony DeLuca. DeLuca served Allegheny County’s 32nd District for nearly 40 years.
On Jan. 3, DeLuca’s former seat and that of Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny) will ultimately leave Republicans with a majority. Lee will be sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3, which is the same day the PA House is scheduled to kick off the 2023-24 session. The swearing in of Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny) on Jan. 17 as Lieutenant Governor will be another drop for House Democrats, at least until special elections are held to fill the three Democratic seats, all located in Allegheny County.
At this point, a lot remains up in the air for next year: a Speaker of the House; which party will control the House and for how long, are still unknown.
“Right now, we're focused on being the Republican caucus. I think the terms majority and minority, quite frankly, are misplaced because right now we're numerically tied,” said Cutler.
The following members comprise the House Republican Leadership team unveiled this afternoon for the 2023-24 Legislative Session:
- Leader: Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster)
- Whip: Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington)
- Appropriations Chair: Rep. Seth Grove (R-York)
- Caucus Chairman: Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland)
- Caucus Secretary: Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia)
- Caucus Administrator: Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland)
- House Republican Policy Committee Chair: Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington)