Turzai, Scarnati hold top positions as members sworn in on New Year’s

Turzai, Scarnati hold top positions as members sworn in on New Year’s

Author: Kara Barmoy/Tuesday, January 1, 2019/Categories: News and Views

The 228 members of the House and Senate who stood for election in November were sworn into office New Year's Day.

Altogether, 50 new members of the General Assembly, including 43 representatives and seven senators, were sworn in, or nearly 20 percent of the total number of lawmakers.

Last session's Speaker of the House, Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), was opposed by House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) for Speaker.

In a party line vote, Turzai won the position, but Dermody withdrew his candidacy after, officially giving Turzai the gavel by a unanimous vote.



“We have an opportunity to move forward and find common ground as we begin this session with a clean slate,” Turzai said while addressing the legislatie body.

Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) also remained atop his chamber as President Pro Tempore of the Senate, receiving unanimous backing.

Legislators will return January 15 for Governor Tom Wolf's inauguration.
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