Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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Pennsylvania
House of Representatives
Pennsylvania General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 3, 2023
Leadership
Mark Rozzi (D)
since January 3, 2023 (2023-01-03)
Republican Leader
Bryan Cutler (R)
since January 3, 2023 (2023-01-03)
Democratic Leader
Joanna McClinton (D)
since January 3, 2023 (2023-01-03)
Structure
Seats203
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2022.svg
Political groups
Majority
  •   Republican (101)

Minority

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle II, section 1, Pennsylvania Constitution
Salary$95,342/year[1]
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2022
(203 seats)
Next election
November 5, 2024
(203 seats)
Meeting place
PA House chamber 03 2019.jpg
House of Representatives Chamber
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Website
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is the lower house of the bicameral Pennsylvania General Assembly, the legislature of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. There are 203 members, elected for two-year terms from single member districts.[2][3]

It is the largest full-time state legislature in the country. The New Hampshire House of Representatives is larger but only serves part-time.

Qualifications[edit]

Representatives must be at least 21 years of age. They must be a U.S. citizen and a PA resident four years, and a resident of that district one year prior to their election and must reside in that district during their term. [4]

Hall of the House[edit]

The Hall of the House contains important symbols of Pennsylvania history and the work of legislators.

  • Speaker's Chair: a throne-like chair of rank that sits directly behind the Speaker's rostrum. Architect Joseph Huston designed the chair in 1906, the year the Capitol was dedicated.
  • Mace: the House symbol of authority, peace, order and respect for law rests in a pedestal to the right of the Speaker. Its base is solid mahogany, intricately carved and capped by a brass globe engraved with the Pennsylvania coat of arms. An American Eagle perches on top. The tradition of the mace may date to the Roman Republic when attendants of Roman consuls carried bundles of sticks wrapped around an axe to enforce order. The tradition may also come directly from Pennsylvania's English heritage.
  • Murals: a colorful panorama of Pennsylvania history appear in murals by Edwin Austin Abbey. The most commanding of the series hangs behind the Speaker's rostrum and dominates the wall behind the Speaker. It is called The Apotheosis of Pennsylvania
  • Ceiling: a work of art in itself with its ornate geometry of gold leaf buttoned at the center by a charming painted illustration. In "The Hours", Abbey represents the passage of time in the form of 24 maidens revolving in an endless circle amidst the moon, the sun and the stars of the Milky Way.[5]

Speaker of the House[edit]

The speakership is the oldest elected statewide office in the Commonwealth. Since its first session in 1682—presided over by William Penn—over 130 house members have been elevated to the speaker's chair. The house cannot hold an official session in the absence of the speaker or their designated speaker pro tempore. Speaker Leroy Irvis was the first African American elected speaker of any state legislature in the United States since Reconstruction. Speaker Dennis O'Brien was the only minority-party Speaker known in Pennsylvania and only the second known nationwide. Pennsylvania has never had a female speaker.

Democrat Mark Rozzi was elected Speaker of the House in a bipartisan vote on January 3, 2022, and declared he would caucus with neither party in the closely divided chamber.[6]

Composition[edit]

Current session[edit]

As of January 3, 2023:

99 101
Democratic Republican
Affiliation Party
(shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Ind Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 113 0 88 201 0
January 3, 2023 101 1 98 200 3
January 13, 2023[7] 101 0 99 200 3
Latest voting share 49.8% 0% 48.8%

Leadership[edit]

As of January 3, 2023:

Speaker of the House of Representatives: Mark Rozzi (D)

Republicans[8] Leadership position Democrats[9]
Bryan Cutler Floor Leader Joanna McClinton
Tim O'Neal Whip Jordan Harris
George Dunbar Caucus Chairperson Dan Miller
Martina White Caucus Secretary Tina Davis
Seth Grove Appropriations Committee Chairman Matt Bradford
Sheryl Delozier Caucus Administrator Mike Schlossberg
Josh Kail Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro

Current members[edit]

Current House composition by district:
  Republican representative
  Democratic representative
  Independent representative
  Seat vacant
District Representative Party Residence Counties represented First elected
1 Pat Harkins Dem Erie Erie 2006
2 Robert Merski Dem Erie Erie 2018
3 Ryan Bizzarro Dem Erie Erie 2012
4 Jake Banta Rep Waterford Erie 2022
5 Barry Jozwiak Rep Bern Township Berks 2014
6 Brad Roae Rep East Mead Township Crawford, Erie 2006
7 Parke Wentling Rep Greenville Mercer 2014
8 Aaron Bernstine Rep New Beaver Butler, Lawrence 2016
9 Marla Brown Rep New Castle Lawrence 2022
10 Amen Brown Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2020
11 Marci Mustello Rep Butler Township Butler 2019
12 Stephenie Scialabba Rep Cranberry Township Butler 2022
13 John Lawrence Rep Franklin Township Chester, Lancaster 2010
14 Jim Marshall Rep Beaver Falls Beaver, Butler 2006
15 Josh Kail Rep Beaver Beaver, Washington 2018
16 Robert Matzie Dem Ambridge Allegheny, Beaver 2008
17 Timothy R. Bonner Rep Grove City Butler, Mercer 2020
18 K.C. Tomlinson Rep Bensalem Bucks 2020
19 Aerion Abney Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2022
20 Emily Kinkead Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2020
21 Sara Innamorato Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2018
22 Joshua Siegel Dem Allentown Lehigh 2022
23 Dan Frankel Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 1998
24 La'Tasha D. Mayes Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2022
25 Brandon Markosek Dem Monroeville Allegheny 2018
26 Paul Friel Dem East Vincent Township Chester 2022
27 Daniel Deasy Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2008
28 Robert Mercuri Rep Wexford Allegheny 2020
29 Tim Brennan Dem Doylestown Bucks 2022
30 Arvind Venkat Dem McCandless Allegheny 2022
31 Perry Warren Dem Newtown Bucks 2016
32 Vacant[note 1] Allegheny
33 Mandy Steele Dem Fox Chapel Allegheny, Westmoreland 2022
34 Vacant[note 2] Allegheny
35 Vacant[note 3] Allegheny
36 Jessica Benham Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2020
37 Mindy Fee Rep Manheim Lancaster 2012
38 Nick Pisciottano Dem West Mifflin Allegheny 2020
39 Andrew Kuzma Rep Elizabeth Township Allegheny, Washington 2022
40 Natalie Mihalek Rep Upper St. Clair Allegheny, Washington 2018
41 Brett Miller Rep East Hempfield Township Lancaster 2014
42 Dan Miller Dem Mount Lebanon Allegheny 2013
43 Keith Greiner Rep West Lampeter Township Lancaster 2012
44 Valerie Gaydos Rep Moon Township Allegheny 2018
45 Anita Astorino Kulik Dem Kennedy Township Allegheny 2016
46 Jason Ortitay Rep South Fayette Township Allegheny, Washington 2014
47 Joseph D'Orsie Rep Mount Wolf York 2022
48 Tim O'Neal Rep South Strabane Washington 2018
49 Ismail Smith-Wade-El Dem Lancaster Lancaster 2022
50 Bud Cook Rep Jefferson Greene, Washington 2016
51 Charity Grimm Krupa Rep Smithfield Fayette 2022
52 Ryan Warner Rep Perryopolis Fayette, Westmoreland 2014
53 Steve Malagari Dem Lansdale Montgomery 2018
54 Greg Scott Dem Norristown Montgomery 2022
55 Jill N. Cooper Rep Murrysville Westmoreland 2022
56 George Dunbar Rep Penn Township Westmoreland 2010
57 Eric Nelson Rep Hempfield Township Westmoreland 2016
58 Eric Davanzo Rep Smithton Westmoreland 2020
59 Leslie Rossi Rep Somerset, Westmoreland 2021
60 Abby Major Rep Ford City Armstrong, Butler, Indiana 2021
61 Liz Hanbidge Dem Lower Gwynedd Township Montgomery 2018
62 James Struzzi Rep Indiana Indiana 2018
63 Donna Oberlander Rep Clarion Armstrong, Clarion, Forest 2008
64 Lee James Rep Oil City Butler, Venango 2012
65 Kathy Rapp Rep Warren Crawford, Forest, Warren 2004
66 Brian Smith Rep Indiana, Jefferson 2020
67 Martin Causer Rep Port Allegany Cameron, McKean, Potter 2002
68 Clint Owlett Rep Liberty Bradford, Potter, Tioga 2018
69 Carl Walker Metzgar Rep Berlin Bedford, Somerset 2008
70 Matthew Bradford Dem Worcester Township Montgomery 2008
71 James Rigby Rep Johnstown Cambria, Somerset 2018
72 Frank Burns Dem East Taylor Township Cambria 2008
73 Dallas Kephart Rep Decatur Township Cambria, Clearfield 2022
74 Dan K. Williams Dem Sadsbury Township Chester 2018
75 Michael Armanini Rep Clearfield, Elk 2020
76 Stephanie Borowicz Rep Lock Haven Centre, Clinton 2018
77 Scott Conklin Dem Rush Township Centre 2006
78 Jesse Topper Rep Bedford Bedford, Franklin, Fulton 2014
79 Louis Schmitt Jr. Rep Altoona Blair 2018
80 James V. Gregory Rep Hollidaysburg Blair 2018
81 Rich Irvin Rep Warriors Mark Township Centre, Huntingdon, Mifflin 2014
82 Paul Takac Dem Lemont Centre 2022
83 Jamie Flick Rep South Williamsport Lycoming, Union 2022
84 Joseph D. Hamm Rep Hepburn Township Lycoming, Sullivan 2020
85 David Rowe Rep East Buffalo Township Snyder, Union 2019
86 Perry A. Stambaugh Rep Green Park Cumberland, Perry 2020
87 Thomas Kutz Rep Lower Allen Township Cumberland 2022
88 Sheryl M. Delozier Rep Lower Allen Township Cumberland 2008
89 Rob Kauffman Rep Chambersburg Franklin 2004
90 Paul Schemel Rep Greencastle Franklin 2014
91 Dan Moul Rep Conewago Township Adams 2006
92 Dawn Keefer Rep Dillsburg Cumberland, York 2016
93 Mike Jones Rep York Township York 2018
94 Wendy Fink Rep Red Lion York 2022
95 Carol Hill-Evans Dem York York 2016
96 Mike Sturla Dem Lancaster Lancaster 1990
97 Steven Mentzer Rep Manheim Township Lancaster 2012
98 Tom Jones Rep East Donegal Township Lancaster, Lebanon 2022
99 David H. Zimmerman Rep East Earl Township Lancaster 2014
100 Bryan Cutler Rep Drumore Township Lancaster 2006
101 John A. Schlegel Rep Cornwall Lebanon 2022
102 Russ Diamond Rep Annville Lebanon 2014
103 Patty Kim Dem Harrisburg Dauphin 2012
104 Dave Madsen Dem Harrisburg Dauphin 2022
105 Justin C. Fleming Dem Susquehanna Township Dauphin 2022
106 Tom Mehaffie Rep Lower Swatara Township Dauphin 2016
107 Joanne Stehr Rep Hegins Northumberland, Schuylkill 2022
108 Lynda Schlegel-Culver Rep Rockefeller Township Northumberland, Snyder 2010
109 Robert Leadbeter Rep Catawissa Columbia 2022
110 Tina Pickett Rep Towanda Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna 2000
111 Jonathan Fritz Rep Honesdale Susquehanna, Wayne 2016
112 Kyle Mullins Dem Blakely Lackawanna 2018
113 Kyle Donahue Dem Scranton Lackawanna 2022
114 Bridget Malloy Kosierowski Dem Scranton Lackawanna 2019
115 Maureen Madden Dem Tobyhanna Monroe 2016
116 Dane Watro Rep McAdoo Luzerne, Schuylkill 2022
117 Mike Cabell Rep Luzerne 2022
118 Jim Haddock Dem Pittston Township Lackawanna, Luzerne 2022
119 Alec Ryncavage Rep Plymouth Luzerne 2022
120 Aaron Kaufer Rep Kingston Luzerne 2014
121 Eddie Day Pashinski Dem Wilkes-Barre Luzerne 2006
122 Doyle Heffley Rep Lower Towamensing Township Carbon 2010
123 Timothy Twardzik Rep Butler Township Schuylkill 2020
124 Jamie Barton Rep Berks, Schuylkill 2022
125 Joseph Kerwin Rep Lykens Dauphin, Schuylkill 2020
126 Mark Rozzi Dem Muhlenberg Township Berks 2012
127 Manny Guzman Jr. Dem Reading Berks 2020
128 Mark M. Gillen Rep Robeson Township Berks, Lancaster 2010
129 Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz Dem Reading Berks 2022
130 David Maloney Rep Pike Township Berks 2010
131 Milou Mackenzie Rep Lower Saucon Township Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton 2020
132 Michael Schlossberg Dem Allentown Lehigh 2012
133 Jeanne McNeill Dem Whitehall Township Lehigh 2017
134 Peter Schweyer Dem Allentown Lehigh 2014
135 Steve Samuelson Dem Bethlehem Northampton 1998
136 Robert L. Freeman Dem Easton Northampton 1998[a]
137 Joe Emrick Rep Nazareth Northampton 2010
138 Ann Flood Rep Moore Township Northampton 2020
139 Joseph Adams Rep Pike, Wayne 2022
140 John Galloway Dem Bristol Bucks 2006
141 Tina Davis Dem Levittown Bucks 2010
142 Joe Hogan Rep Bucks 2022
143 Shelby Labs Rep Plumstead Township Bucks 2020
144 Brian Munroe Dem Warminster Bucks 2022
145 Craig Staats Rep Richland Township Bucks 2014
146 Joe Ciresi Dem Limerick Township Montgomery 2018
147 Donna Scheuren Rep Montgomery 2022
148 Mary Jo Daley Dem Narberth Montgomery 2012
149 Tim Briggs Dem Upper Merion Township Montgomery 2008
150 Joe Webster Dem Montgomery County Montgomery 2018
151 Melissa Cerrato Dem Montgomery 2010
152 Nancy Guenst Dem Hatboro Montgomery, Philadelphia 2020
153 Ben Sanchez Dem Abington Township Montgomery 2018
154 Napoleon Nelson Dem Cheltenham Township Montgomery 2020
155 Danielle Friel Otten Dem Uwchlan Township Chester 2018
156 Chris Pielli Dem West Chester Chester 2022
157 Melissa Shusterman Dem Schuylkill Township Chester, Montgomery 2018
158 Christina Sappey Dem West Bradford Chester 2018
159 Carol Kazeem Dem Chester Delaware 2022
160 Wendell Craig Williams Rep Concord Township Chester, Delaware 2020
161 Leanne Krueger Dem Swarthmore Delaware 2015
162 David Delloso Dem Ridley Township Delaware 2018
163 Michael Zabel Dem Upper Darby Township Delaware 2018
164 Gina Curry Dem Upper Darby Township Delaware 2021[note 4]
165 Jennifer O'Mara Dem Springfield Township Delaware 2018
166 Greg Vitali Dem Havertown Delaware, Montgomery 1992
167 Kristine Howard Dem East Whiteland Township Chester 2018
168 Lisa Borowski Dem Radnor Township Delaware 2022
169 Kate Klunk Rep Hanover York 2014
170 Martina White Rep Philadelphia Philadelphia 2015
171 Kerry Benninghoff Rep Bellefonte Centre, Mifflin 1996
172 Kevin J. Boyle Dem Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 2010
173 Pat Gallagher Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2022
174 Ed Neilson Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2015[b]
175 Mary Isaacson Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2018
176 Jack Rader Rep Jackson Township Monroe 2014
177 Joseph Hohenstein Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2018
178 Kristin Marcell Rep Bucks 2022
179 Jason Dawkins Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2014
180 Jose Giral Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2022
181 Malcolm Kenyatta Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2018
182 Ben Waxman Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2022
183 Zach Mako Rep Walnutport Lehigh, Northampton 2016
184 Elizabeth Fiedler Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2018
185 Regina Young Dem Philadelphia Delaware, Philadelphia 2020
186 Jordan A. Harris Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2012
187 Ryan Mackenzie Rep Lower Macungie Township Lehigh 2012
188 Rick Krajewski Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2020
189 Tarah Probst Dem Stroudsburg Monroe, Pike 2022
190 G. Roni Green Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2022
191 Joanna E. McClinton Dem Philadelphia Delaware, Philadelphia 2015
192 Morgan Cephas Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2016
193 Torren Ecker Rep Hamilton Township Adams, Cumberland 2018
194 Tarik Khan Dem Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 2022
195 Donna Bullock Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2015
196 Seth Grove Rep Dover Township York 2008
197 Danilo Burgos Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2018
198 Darisha Parker Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2020
199 Barbara Gleim Rep Middlesex Township Cumberland 2018
200 Chris Rabb Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2016
201 Stephen Kinsey Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2012
202 Jared Solomon Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2016
203 Anthony A. Bellmon Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2022
  1. ^ Democrat Tony DeLuca died on October 9, 2022.
  2. ^ Democrat Summer Lee resigned on December 7, 2022 following her election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
  3. ^ Democrat Austin Davis resigned on December 7, 2022 following his election as Lieutenant Governor.
  4. ^ Margo Davidson resigned on July 23, 2021 after being charged with theft of state funds.

Past composition of the House of Representatives[edit]

Committees[edit]

As of January 26, 2023:[10]

Committee Name Republican Chair[11] Democratic Chair
Aging & Older Adult Services Steven Mentzer
Agriculture & Rural Affairs Dan Moul
Appropriations Seth Grove Matthew Bradford
Children & Youth Lynda Schlegel Culver
Commerce Joe Emrick
Committee On Committees
Consumer Affairs Jim Marshall
Education Jesse Topper
Environmental Resources & Energy Martin Causer
Ethics Kate Klunk
Finance Keith Greiner
Game & Fisheries David Maloney
Gaming Oversight Russ Diamond
Government Oversight Aaron Kaufer
Health Kathy Rapp
Human Services Doyle Heffley
Insurance Tina Pickett
Judiciary Rob Kauffman
Labor & Industry Ryan Mackenzie
Liquor Control Mindy Fee
Local Government Lee James
Policy Josh Kail Ryan Bizzarro
Professional Licensure Carl Walker Metzgar
Rules
State Government Brad Roae
Tourism & Recreational Development Donna Oberlander
Transportation Kerry Benninghoff
Urban Affairs Rich Irvin
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Mark M. Gillen

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rep. Freeman previously served from 1983 to 1994.
  2. ^ Rep. Neilson previously served from 2012 to 2014.

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ "Comparison of state legislative salaries – Ballotpedia". Archived from the original on April 10, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2021.
  2. ^ Article II, section 2, Pennsylvania Constitution.
  3. ^ Article II, section 16, Pennsylvania Constitution.
  4. ^ "Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania"."Article II. The Legislature"."§5. Qualifications of Members".
  5. ^ Center, Legislativate Data Processing. "Pennsylvania General Assembly". Pennsylvania General Assembly. Archived from the original on December 18, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
  6. ^ Parish, Marley (January 3, 2023). "Pa. Legislature welcomes new members, House elects Rozzi as speaker". Pennsylvania Capital-Star.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Lehman, Tom (January 9, 2023). "Lawmaker calls for resignation of Pennsylvania House speaker". WGAL.
  8. ^ "PA House Republican Caucus Leaders for the 2023-24 Session". PA House Republican Caucus. Retrieved January 4, 2023.
  9. ^ "House Democratic Caucus Elects 2023/24 Leadership Team". PA House Democratic Caucus. November 15, 2022. Retrieved January 4, 2023.
  10. ^ "House Committees". The official website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Archived from the original on June 4, 2022. Retrieved June 7, 2022.
  11. ^ Ulrich, Steve (January 26, 2023). "GOP Names House Committee Chairs". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 27, 2023.
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