The state House Democrats and Republicans recently elected their leaders for the 2023-24 legislative session.
The Democratic leadership team includes Leader Joanna E. McClinton (D-Philadelphia/Delaware); Whip Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia); Appropriations Committee Chair Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery); Policy Committee Chair Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie); Caucus Secretary Tina Davis (D-Bucks); Caucus Administrator Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh); Caucus Chair Dan Miller (D-Allegheny).
The Republican leadership team includes Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster); Whip Tim O’Neal (R-Washington); Appropriations Committee Chair Seth Grove (R-York); Policy Committee Chair Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington); Caucus Secretary Martina White (R-Philadelphia); Caucus Administrator Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland); Caucus Chair George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland).
Democrats are preparing to take the majority in the state House by the narrowest margin of 102-101, with Leader McClinton expected to be elected Speaker of the House, the first woman to hold the position.
Senate Democrats and Republicans previously announced their leadership teams, which you can find here.
These leaders will have considerable influence over the next session’s legislative agenda. With Democrat Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro, a Republican controlled state Senate, and a Democratic controlled state House, legislators should prioritize issues with bipartisan support, including those important to the business community, such as tax reform; infrastructure; permitting reform; and workforce development, among others.
Keep an eye on the state House: with the death of state Rep. Anthony DeLuca (D-Allegheny) and the concurrent elections of state Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny) to Congress and state Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny) to Lt. Gov., Republicans will hold a temporary majority until those three seats are filled in special elections. We will update you on how this dynamic plays out over the coming weeks and months.