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Election Update

It took more than a week, but the 2022 General Election in Pennsylvania is finally over.

The Senate was decided on election night, as the Democrats gained one seat. Republicans will have a 28-22 majority over Democrats in the 2023-2024 legislative session.

The picture in the House of Representatives is less clear. That was until Thursday night, when the final two races were decided. In HD-142 (Bucks), Joe Hogan (R) defeated Mark Hoffa (D) and in HD-151 (Montgomery), Melissa Cerrato (D) defeated Rep. Todd Stephens (R).

Right now, Democrats hold a 102 to 101 seat majority over Republicans. However, there will be three vacancies that will require the Speaker of the House to call a special election, which will likely occur during the 2023 Municipal Primary Election in the Spring. The three vacancies, all solidly Democratic seats, could temporarily hamper a Democrat’s ability to elect a Speaker and hold a majority. After January 17, Republicans will temporarily hold a 101-99 majority.

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Three vacancies are:

  • HD-32 (Allegheny): Rep. passed away. Anthony DeLuca (D) on October 9

  • HD-34 (Allegheny): Rep. Summer Lee (D) will be sworn in to Congress on January 3

  • HD-35 (Allegheny): Rep. Austin Davis (D) will be sworn in as Lieutenant Governor on January 17

You can read our full election recap from last week here.

Leadership Elections

This past week, three of the four caucuses elected their Leadership for the 2023-2024 session. House Republicans chose to wait until next week.

Democratic House Rule

  • Leader: Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia)

  • Whip: Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia)

  • Appropriations Chairman: Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery)

  • Caucus Chair: Dan Miller (D-Allegheny)

  • Caucus Secretary: Tina Davis (D-Bucks)

  • Caucus Chair: Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh)

  • Policy Committee Chair: Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie)

Senate Republican Leadership

  • President Pro Tempore: Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland)

  • Leader: Joe Pittman (R-Indiana)

  • Whip: Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster)

  • Appropriations Chairman: Scott Martin (R-Lancaster)

  • Caucus Chair: Kristine Phillips-Hill (R-York)

  • Caucus Secretary: Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington)

Democratic Leadership of the Senate

  • Leader: Jay Costa (D-Allegheny)

  • Whip: Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia)

  • Appropriations Chairman: Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia)

  • Caucus Chair: Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny)

  • Caucus Secretary: Maria Collett (D-Montgomery)

  • Caucus Chair: Judy Schwank (D-Berks)

Transition

On Wednesday, Governor Tom Wolf joined Governor-elect Josh Shapiro to outline a transition plan and announce the members of Shapiro’s transition team. Shapiro said his top priorities are growing Pennsylvania’s economy, making communities safer, and making sure all students receive a high-quality education. He also said he plans to serve as Attorney General until his inauguration. Then, he will make a nomination to the Senate, which must be confirmed.

Shapiro and his running mate, Lieutenant Governor-elect Austin Davis, also launched a new transition website that will serve as a central location for people to apply for Transition and Administration roles. Next week, Transition will announce a Leadership Board that will take on a leading advisory role in the transition. Transition will also announce several advisory committees and the inaugural leadership board.

  • Akbar Hossain will serve as Executive Director of Transition. Hossain was most recently the Policy Director of the Shapiro campaign for Pennsylvania.

  • Amanda Warren will serve as Executive Director of the Inauguration. Warren served as Finance Director on the Shapiro for Pennsylvania campaign.

  • Manuel Bonder will serve as Director of Communications for the Transition and Inauguration. Bonder served as press secretary of the Shapiro campaign.

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