Pennsylvania House Republicans elect leaders

Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have just elected their leaders, and the GOP’s new chairman said they are not yet ready to relinquish control of the chamber. The Democrats flipped a dozen seats, winning a total of 102 in the midterm elections. Since one of their members died before the election, it means the House would have been stuck 101-101 between Republicans and Democrats. He said the caucus will try to prevent Democrats from passing an agenda that would hurt Pennsylvanians. There will be at least three special elections to fill vacancies on the Democratic side. “We believe that every vote should be counted. That was probably the most disappointing part of the early press conference we saw immediately after the election, when we were still waiting for the military ballot count. I think that was fundamentally unfair and disrespectful to those who serve. For my part, I believe we’re going to fight for those open seats,” Cutler said. Cutler will join the leadership of two Susquehanna Valley lawmakers. Seth Grove will chair the Appropriations Committee and Sheryl Delozier will be the caucus administrator.

Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have just elected their leaders, and the GOP’s new chairman said they are not yet ready to relinquish control of the chamber.

The Democrats flipped a dozen seats, winning a total of 102 in the midterm elections. Since one of their members died before the election, it means the House would have been stuck at 101-101 between Republicans and Democrats.

Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler of Lancaster County will be the leader of the House of Representatives Republicans in 2023 – a role he previously held. He said the caucus will try to prevent Democrats from passing an agenda that would hurt Pennsylvanians.

Cutler also chided House Democrats for declaring victory in chamber control this month, noting there could be a deadlock when lawmakers return next year. There will be at least three special elections to fill vacancies on the Democratic side.

“We believe that every vote should be counted. That was probably the most disappointing part of the early press conference we saw immediately after the election, while we were still waiting for the military ballots to be counted. I think that was fundamentally unfair and disrespectful to those who serve. Anyway, I think we’re going to fight for those open spots,” Cutler said.

Cutler is supported by two Susquehanna Valley lawmakers at the top. Seth Grove will chair the Appropriations Committee and Sheryl Delozier will be the Caucus Administrator.

Cutler also said he will not seek the speakership if the vote takes place in January.

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