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]

Pennsylvania
House of Representatives
Pennsylvania General Assembly
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)
Leadership
Speaker
Bryan Cutler (R)
since June 22, 2020 (2020-06-22)
Majority Leader
Kerry Benninghoff (R)
since June 22, 2020 (2020-06-22)
Minority Leader
Joanna McClinton (D)
since November 12, 2020 (2020-11-12)
Structure
Seats203
Political groups
Majority
  •   Republican (113)

Minority

  •   Democratic (88)
  •   Vacant (2)
Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle II, section 1, Pennsylvania Constitution
Salary$87,180/year[1]
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2020
(203 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(203 seats)
Meeting place
House of Representatives Chamber
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Website
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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

According to the Pennsylvania Constitution, representatives must be at least 21 years old. They must be citizens and residents of the state for a minimum of four years and reside in their districts for at least one year.

Hall of the House

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.[4]

Speaker of the House

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.

Republican Bryan Cutler was elected Speaker of the House on June 22, 2020, replacing outgoing speaker Mike Turzai, who had resigned to take a job with a Pittsburgh-based natural gas company.[5]

Composition

In 2012, a State Representative district had an average population of 60,498 residents.

Partisan breakdown

As of July 23, 2021:

88 2 113
Democratic Republican

Leadership

Speaker of the House of Representatives: Bryan Cutler (R)

Majority party (R)[6] Leadership position Minority party (D)[7]
Kerry Benninghoff Floor Leader Joanna McClinton
Donna Oberlander Whip Jordan Harris
George Dunbar[8] Caucus Chairperson Dan Miller
Martina White Caucus Secretary Tina Davis
Stan Saylor Appropriations Committee Chairman Matt Bradford
Kurt Masser Caucus Administrator Mike Schlossberg
Martin Causer Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro

Membership, 2021–2022

Map of current partisan composition of legislative districts for state house:
  Republican representative
  Democratic representative
  Seat vacant

As of July 23, 2021:

DistrictRepresentative PartyResidenceCounties representedFirst elected
1Pat Harkins DemErieErie2006
2Robert Merski DemErieErie2018
3Ryan Bizzarro DemErieErie2012
4Curt Sonney RepHarborcreek TownshipErie2004
5Barry Jozwiak RepBern TownshipBerks2014
6Brad Roae RepEast Mead TownshipCrawford, Erie2006
7Mark Longietti DemSharpsvilleMercer2006
8Tim Bonner RepButler, Mercer2020
9Chris Sainato DemNew CastleLawrence1994
10Aaron Bernstine RepNew BeaverBeaver, Butler, Lawrence2016
11Marci Mustello RepButler TownshipButler2019
12Daryl Metcalfe RepCranberry TownshipButler1998
13John Lawrence RepFranklin TownshipChester, Lancaster2010
14Jim Marshall RepBeaver FallsBeaver, Butler2006
15Josh Kail RepBeaverBeaver, Washington2018
16Robert Matzie DemAmbridgeAllegheny, Beaver2008
17Parke Wentling RepHempfield TownshipCrawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer2014
18K.C. Tomlinson RepBensalemBucks2020
19Jake Wheatley DemPittsburghAllegheny2002
20Emily Kinkead DemPittsburghAllegheny2020
21Sara Innamorato DemPittsburghAllegheny2018
22Peter Schweyer DemAllentownLehigh2014
23Dan Frankel DemPittsburghAllegheny1998
24Edward Gainey DemPittsburghAllegheny2012
25Brandon Markosek DemMonroevilleAllegheny2018
26Tim Hennessey RepPottstownChester, Montgomery1992
27Daniel Deasy DemPittsburghAllegheny2008
28Robert Mercuri RepWexfordAllegheny2020
29Meghan Schroeder RepWarminsterBucks2018
30Lori Mizgorski RepAllison ParkAllegheny2018
31Perry Warren DemNewtownBucks2016
32Anthony M. DeLuca DemPenn HillsAllegheny1982
33Carrie DelRosso RepOakmont Allegheny, Westmoreland2020
34Summer Lee DemPittsburghAllegheny2018
35Austin Davis DemMcKeesportAllegheny2018
36Jessica Benham DemPittsburghAllegheny2020
37Mindy Fee RepManheimLancaster2012
38Nick Pisciottano DemWest Mifflin Allegheny2020
39Mike Puskaric RepElizabethAllegheny, Washington2010
40Natalie Mihalek RepUpper St. ClairAllegheny, Washington2018
41Brett Miller RepEast Hempfield TownshipLancaster2014
42Dan Miller DemMount LebanonAllegheny2013
43Keith Greiner RepWest Lampeter TownshipLancaster2012
44Valerie Gaydos RepMoon TownshipAllegheny2018
45Anita Astorino Kulik DemKennedy TownshipAllegheny2016
46Jason Ortitay RepSouth Fayette TownshipAllegheny, Washington2014
47Keith J. Gillespie RepHellam TownshipYork2002
48Tim O'Neal RepSouth StrabaneWashington2018
49Bud Cook RepWest Pike Run TownshipFayette, Washington2016
50Pam Snyder DemJeffersonFayette, Greene, Washington2012
51Matt Dowling RepFayette CountyFayette, Somerset2016
52Ryan Warner RepPerryopolisFayette, Westmoreland2014
53Steve Malagari DemLansdaleMontgomery2018
54Bob Brooks RepMurrysville Allegheny, Westmoreland2018
55Jason Silvis RepMurrysville Armstrong, Westmoreland2020
56George Dunbar RepPenn TownshipWestmoreland2010
57Eric Nelson RepHempfield TownshipWestmoreland2016
58Eric Davanzo RepSmithtonWestmoreland2020
59Leslie Rossi RepSomerset, Westmoreland2021
60Abby Major RepFord CityArmstrong, Butler, Indiana2021
61Liz Hanbidge DemLower Gwynedd TownshipMontgomery2018
62James Struzzi RepIndianaIndiana2018
63Donna Oberlander RepClarionArmstrong, Clarion, Forest2008
64Lee James RepOil CityButler, Venango2012
65Kathy Rapp RepWarrenCrawford, Forest, Warren2004
66Brian Smith RepIndiana, Jefferson2020
67Martin Causer RepPort AlleganyCameron, McKean, Potter2002
68Clint Owlett RepLibertyBradford, Potter, Tioga2018
69Carl Walker Metzgar RepBerlinBedford, Somerset2008
70Matthew Bradford DemWorcester TownshipMontgomery2008
71James Rigby RepJohnstownCambria, Somerset2018
72Frank Burns DemEast Taylor TownshipCambria2008
73Tommy Sankey RepHoutzdaleCambria, Clearfield2012
74Dan K. Williams DemSadsbury TownshipChester2018
75Michael Armanini RepClearfield , Elk2020
76Stephanie Borowicz RepLock HavenCentre, Clinton2018
77Scott Conklin DemRush TownshipCentre2006
78Jesse Topper RepBedfordBedford, Franklin, Fulton2014
79Louis Schmitt Jr. RepAltoona Blair2018
80James V. Gregory RepHollidaysburg Blair2018
81Rich Irvin RepWarriors Mark TownshipCentre, Huntingdon, Mifflin2014
82John D. Hershey RepFranklin, Juniata, Mifflin2018
83Jeff Wheeland RepLoyalsock TownshipLycoming2014
84Joseph Hamm RepLycoming, Union2020
85David Rowe RepEast Buffalo TownshipSnyder, Union2019
86Perry A. Stambaugh RepGreen Park Cumberland, Perry2020
87Greg Rothman RepSilver Spring TownshipCumberland2015
88Sheryl M. Delozier RepLower Allen TownshipCumberland2008
89Rob Kauffman RepChambersburgFranklin2004
90Paul Schemel RepGreencastleFranklin2014
91Dan Moul RepConewago TownshipAdams2006
92Dawn Keefer RepDillsburgCumberland, York2016
93Mike Jones RepYork TownshipYork2018
94Stan Saylor RepRed LionYork1992
95Carol Hill-Evans DemYorkYork2016
96Mike Sturla DemLancasterLancaster1990
97Steven Mentzer RepManheim TownshipLancaster2012
98David Hickernell RepWest Donegal TownshipDauphin, Lancaster2002
99David H. Zimmerman RepEast Earl TownshipLancaster2014
100Bryan Cutler RepDrumore TownshipLancaster2006
101Frank Ryan RepLebanon CountyLebanon2016
102Russ Diamond RepAnnvilleLebanon2014
103Patty Kim DemHarrisburgDauphin2012
104Sue Helm RepSusquehanna TownshipDauphin, Lebanon2006
105Andrew Lewis RepLower Paxton TownshipDauphin2018
106Tom Mehaffie RepLower Swatara TownshipDauphin2016
107Kurt A. Masser RepRalpho TownshipColumbia, Montour, Northumberland2010
108Lynda Schlegel-Culver RepRockefeller TownshipNorthumberland , Snyder2010
109David R. Millard RepBerwickColumbia2002
110Tina Pickett RepTowandaBradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna2000
111Jonathan Fritz RepHonesdaleSusquehanna, Wayne2016
112Kyle Mullins DemBlakelyLackawanna2018
113 Lackawanna[note 1]
114Bridget Malloy Kosierowski DemScrantonLackawanna2019
115Maureen Madden DemTobyhanna Monroe2016
116Tarah Toohil RepButler TownshipLuzerne2010
117Karen Boback RepHarveys LakeLackawanna, Luzerne, Wyoming2006
118Mike Carroll DemAvocaLackawanna, Luzerne2006
119Gerald Mullery DemNewport TownshipLuzerne2010
120Aaron Kaufer RepKingstonLuzerne2014
121Eddie Day Pashinski DemWilkes-BarreLuzerne2006
122Doyle Heffley RepLower Towamensing TownshipCarbon2010
123Timothy Twardzik RepButler TownshipSchuylkill2020
124Jerry Knowles RepTamaquaBerks, Carbon, Schuylkill2008
125Joseph Kerwin RepLykens Dauphin, Schuylkill2020
126Mark Rozzi DemMuhlenberg TownshipBerks2012
127Manny Guzman Jr. DemReadingBerks2020
128Mark M. Gillen RepRobeson TownshipBerks, Lancaster2010
129Jim A. Cox RepSpring TownshipBerks, Lancaster2006
130David Maloney RepPike TownshipBerks2010
131Milou Mackenzie RepLower Saucon TownshipLehigh, Montgomery, Northampton2020
132Michael Schlossberg DemAllentownLehigh2012
133Jeanne McNeill DemWhitehall TownshipLehigh2017
134Ryan Mackenzie RepLower Macungie TownshipBerks, Lehigh2012
135Steve Samuelson DemBethlehemNorthampton1998
136Robert L. Freeman DemEastonNorthampton1998[lower-alpha 1]
137Joe Emrick RepNazarethNorthampton2010
138Ann Flood RepMoore Township Northampton2020
139Michael Peifer RepHonesdalePike, Wayne2006
140John Galloway DemBristolBucks2006
141Tina Davis DemLevittownBucks2010
142Frank Farry RepLanghorneBucks2008
143Shelby Labs RepPlumstead Township Bucks2020
144Todd Polinchock RepWarrington Township Bucks2018
145Craig Staats RepRichland TownshipBucks2014
146Joe Ciresi DemLimerick TownshipMontgomery2018
147Tracy Pennycuick RepLower Salford Township Montgomery2020
148Mary Jo Daley DemNarberthMontgomery2012
149Tim Briggs DemUpper Merion TownshipMontgomery2008
150Joe Webster DemMontgomery CountyMontgomery2018
151Todd Stephens RepHorsham TownshipMontgomery2010
152Nancy Guenst DemHatboroMontgomery, Philadelphia2020
153Ben Sanchez DemAbington Township Montgomery2018
154Napoleon Nelson DemCheltenham Township Montgomery2020
155Danielle Friel Otten DemUwchlan TownshipChester2018
156Dianne Herrin DemWest ChesterChester2020
157Melissa Shusterman DemSchuylkill Township Chester, Montgomery2018
158Christina Sappey DemWest Bradford Chester2018
159Brian Joseph Kirkland DemChesterDelaware2016
160Wendell Craig Williams RepConcord Township Chester, Delaware2020
161Leanne Krueger DemSwarthmoreDelaware2015
162David Delloso DemRidley Township Delaware2018
163Michael Zabel DemUpper Darby TownshipDelaware2018
164 Delaware [note 2]
165Jennifer O'Mara DemSpringfield TownshipDelaware2018
166Greg Vitali DemHavertownDelaware, Montgomery1992
167Kristine Howard DemEast Whiteland TownshipChester2018
168Christopher B. Quinn RepMiddletown TownshipDelaware2016
169Kate Klunk RepHanoverYork2014
170Martina White RepPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2015
171Kerry Benninghoff RepBellefonteCentre, Mifflin1996
172Kevin J. Boyle DemPhiladelphiaMontgomery, Philadelphia2010
173Michael Driscoll DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2014
174Ed Neilson DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2015[lower-alpha 2]
175Mary Isaacson DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2018
176Jack Rader RepJackson TownshipMonroe2014
177Joseph Hohenstein DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2018
178Wendi Thomas RepNorthampton Township Bucks2018
179Jason Dawkins DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2014
180Angel Cruz DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2000
181Malcolm Kenyatta DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2018
182Brian Sims DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2012
183Zach Mako RepWalnutportLehigh, Northampton2016
184Elizabeth Fiedler DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2018
185Regina Young DemPhiladelphiaDelaware, Philadelphia2020
186Jordan A. Harris DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2012
187Gary Day RepHeidelberg TownshipBerks, Lehigh2008
188Rick Krajewski DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2020
189Rosemary Brown RepMiddle Smithfield TownshipMonroe, Pike2010
190Amen Brown DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2020
191Joanna E. McClinton DemPhiladelphiaDelaware, Philadelphia2015
192Morgan Cephas DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2016
193Torren Ecker RepHamilton TownshipAdams, Cumberland2018
194Pamela DeLissio DemPhiladelphiaMontgomery, Philadelphia2010
195Donna Bullock DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2015
196Seth Grove RepDover TownshipYork2008
197Danilo Burgos DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2018
198Darisha Parker DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2020
199Barbara Gleim RepMiddlesex Township Cumberland2018
200Chris Rabb DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2016
201Stephen Kinsey DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2012
202Jared Solomon DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2016
203Isabella Fitzgerald DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2016
  1. Marty Flynn resigned on June 9, 2021 after being elected to the Pennsylvania Senate.
  2. Margo Davidson resigned on July 23, 2021 after being charged with theft of state funds.

Past composition of the House of Representatives

Committees

[9]

  • Aging & Older Adult Services
  • Agriculture & Rural Affairs
  • Appropriations
  • Children & Youth
  • Commerce
  • Committee On Committees
  • Committee On Ethics
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Education
  • Environmental Resources & Energy
  • Finance
  • Game & Fisheries
  • Gaming Oversight
  • Government Oversight
  • Health
  • Human Services
  • Insurance
  • Judiciary
  • Labor & Industry
  • Liquor Control
  • Local Government
  • Professional Licensure
  • Rules Representative
  • State Government
  • Tourism & Recreational Development
  • Transportation
  • Urban Affairs
  • Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness

See also

Notes

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

References

Specific
  1. "Comparison of state legislative salaries - Ballotpedia".
  2. Article II, section 2, Pennsylvania Constitution.
  3. Article II, section 16, Pennsylvania Constitution.
  4. Center, Legislativate Data Processing. "Pennsylvania General Assembly". Pennsylvania General Assembly. Archived from the original on 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
  5. "Lancaster County Rep. Bryan Cutler elected speaker of Pa. House of Representatives".
  6. Cole, John (2020-11-10). "PA House Leadership Race Chatter". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  7. "House Democrats elect leaders for upcoming legislative session". Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus. 2020-11-12. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  8. Cole, John (2021-01-26). "Dunbar Elected House GOP Caucus Chairman". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  9. "Standing Committees and Chair". Legis State Pa US. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
General
  • Trostle, Sharon, ed. (2009). The Pennsylvania Manual. 119. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Department of General Services. ISBN 978-0-8182-0334-3.

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