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 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Leadership
Speaker of the House
Mike Turzai (R)
since January 6, 2015 (2015-01-06)
Majority Leader
Bryan Cutler (R)
since January 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
Minority Leader
Frank Dermody (D)
since January 4, 2011 (2011-01-04)
Structure
Seats203
Political groups
Majority

Minority

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle II, section 1, Pennsylvania Constitution
Salary$87,180/year[1]
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(203 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(203 seats)
Meeting place
House of Representatives Chamber
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Website
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Republican Mike Turzai was first elected Speaker of the House on January 6, 2015. In 2012, a State Representative district had an average population of 60,498 residents.

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

Hall of the House

The Hall of the House contains important symbols to 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 is common 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 his 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.

Composition

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 79 120 199 4
January 1, 2019 91 110 201 2
March 13, 2019 93 110 203 0
March 18, 2019 93 109 202 1
May 21, 2019 93 110 203 0
Latest voting share 45.8% 54.2%

House of Representatives leadership

As of November 13, 2018

Speaker of the House of Representatives: Mike Turzai (R)

Majority Party (R) Leadership Position Minority Party (D)[5]
Bryan Cutler Floor Leader Frank Dermody
Kerry Benninghoff Whip Jordan Harris
Marcy Toepel Caucus Chairperson Joanna McClinton
Mike Reese Caucus Secretary Rosita Youngblood
Stan Saylor Appropriations Committee Chairman Matt Bradford
Kurt Masser Caucus Administrator Neal Goodman
Donna Oberlander Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla

Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

DistrictRepresentativePartyResidenceCounties RepresentedFirst elected
1Pat HarkinsDemErieErie2006
2Robert MerskiDemErie2018
3Ryan BizzarroDemErieErie2012
4Curt SonneyRepHarborcreek TownshipErie2004
5Barry JozwiakRepBern TownshipBerks2014
6Brad RoaeRepEast Mead TownshipCrawford, Erie2006
7Mark LongiettiDemSharpsvilleMercer2006
8Tedd NesbitRepGrove CityButler, Mercer2014
9Chris SainatoDemNew CastleLawrence1994
10Aaron BernstineRepNew BeaverBeaver, Butler, Lawrence2016
11Marci MustelloRepButler TownshipButler2019[note 1]
12Daryl MetcalfeRepCranberry TownshipButler1998
13John LawrenceRepFranklin TownshipChester, Lancaster2010
14Jim E. MarshallRepBeaver FallsBeaver, Butler2006
15Josh KailRepBeaverBeaver, Washington2018
16Robert F. MatzieDemAmbridgeAllegheny, Beaver2008
17Parke WentlingRepHempfield TownshipCrawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer2014
18Gene DiGirolamoRepBensalemBucks1994
19Jake WheatleyDemPittsburghAllegheny2002
20Adam RavenstahlDemPittsburghAllegheny2010
21Sara InnamoratoDemPittsburghAllegheny2018
22Peter SchweyerDemAllentownLehigh2014
23Dan FrankelDemPittsburghAllegheny1998
24Edward GaineyDemPittsburghAllegheny2012
25Brandon MarkosekDemMonroevilleAllegheny2018
26Tim HennesseyRepPottstownChester, Montgomery1992
27Daniel J. DeasyDemPittsburghAllegheny2008
28Mike TurzaiRepBradfordwoodsAllegheny2000
29Meghan SchroederRepWarminsterBucks2018
30Lori MizgorskiRepAllison ParkAllegheny2018
31Perry WarrenDemNewtownBucks2016
32Anthony M. DeLucaDemPenn HillsAllegheny2002
33Frank DermodyDemOakmontAllegheny, Westmoreland1990
34Summer LeeDemPittsburghAllegheny2018
35Austin DavisDemWhite OakAllegheny2018
36Harry ReadshawDemPittsburghAllegheny1994
37Mindy FeeRepManheimLancaster2012
38Bill KortzDemDravosburgAllegheny2006
39Mike PuskaricRepElizabethAllegheny, Washington2010
40Natalie MihalekRepUpper St. ClairAllegheny, Washington2018
41Brett MillerRepEast Hempfield TownshipLancaster2014
42Dan MillerDemMount LebanonAllegheny2013
43Keith GreinerRepWest Lampeter TownshipLancaster2012
44Valerie GaydosRepMoon TownshipAllegheny2018
45Anita Astorino KulikDemKennedy TownshipAllegheny2016
46Jason OrtitayRepSouth Fayette TownshipAllegheny, Washington2014
47Keith J. GillespieRepHellam TownshipYork2002
48Tim O'NealRepSouth StrabaneWashington2018
49Bud CookRepWest Pike Run TownshipFayette, Washington2016
50Pam SnyderDemJeffersonFayette, Greene, Washington2012
51Matt DowlingRepFayette CountyFayette, Somerset2016
52Ryan WarnerRepPerryopolisFayette, Westmoreland2014
53Steve MalagariDemLansdaleMontgomery2018
54Robert BrooksRepAllegheny, Westmoreland2018
55Joseph Petrarca Jr.DemVandergriftArmstrong, Westmoreland1994
56George DunbarRepPenn TownshipWestmoreland2010
57Eric NelsonRepHempfield TownshipWestmoreland2016
58Justin WalshRepRostraver TownshipWestmoreland2016
59Mike ReeseRepMount Pleasant TownshipSomerset, Westmoreland2008
60Jeff PyleRepFord CityArmstrong, Butler, Indiana2004
61Liz HanbidgeDemLower Gwynedd TownshipMontgomery2018
62James StruzziRepIndianaIndiana2018
63Donna OberlanderRepClarionArmstrong, Clarion, Forest2008
64Lee JamesRepOil CityButler, Venango2012
65Kathy RappRepWarrenCrawford, Forest, Warren2004
66Cris DushRepPine Creek TownshipIndiana, Jefferson2014
67Martin CauserRepPort AlleganyCameron, McKean, Potter2002
68Clint OwlettRepLibertyBradford, McKean, Tioga2018
69Carl Walker MetzgarRepBerlinBedford, Somerset2008
70Matthew D. BradfordDemWorcester TownshipMontgomery2008
71James RigbyRepJohnstownCambria, Somerset2018
72Frank BurnsDemEast Taylor TownshipCambria2008
73Tommy SankeyRepHoutzdaleCambria, Clearfield2012
74Dan K. WilliamsDemSadsbury TownshipChester2018
75Matt GablerRepDuBoisClearfield , Elk2008
76Stephanie BorowiczRepLock HavenCentre, Clinton2018
77Scott ConklinDemRush TownshipCentre2006
78Jesse TopperRepBedfordBedford, Franklin, Fulton2014
79Louis Schmitt Jr.RepBlair2018
80Gregory James VRepBlair2018
81Rich IrvinRepWarriors Mark TownshipCentre, Huntingdon, Mifflin2014
82John D HersheyRepFranklin, Juniata, Mifflin2018
83Jeff WheelandRepLoyalsock TownshipLycoming2014
84Garth EverettRepMuncyLycoming, Union2006
85David RoweRepEast Buffalo TownshipSnyder, Union2019 [note 2]
86Mark KellerRepNew BloomfieldCumberland, Perry2004
87Greg RothmanRepSilver Spring TownshipCumberland2015
88Sheryl M. DelozierRepLower Allen TownshipCumberland2008
89Rob KauffmanRepChambersburgFranklin2004
90Paul SchemelRepGreencastleFranklin2014
91Dan MoulRepConewago TownshipAdams2006
92Dawn KeeferRepDillsburgCumberland, York2016
93Paul M. JonesRepYork2018
94Stan SaylorRepRed LionYork1992
95Carol Hill-EvansDemYorkYork2016
96Mike SturlaDemLancasterLancaster1990
97Steven MentzerRepManheim TownshipLancaster2012
98David HickernellRepWest Donegal TownshipDauphin, Lancaster2002
99David H. ZimmermanRepEast Earl TownshipLancaster2014
100Bryan CutlerRepDrumore TownshipLancaster2006
101Frank RyanRepLebanon CountyLebanon2016
102Russ DiamondRepAnnvilleLebanon2014
103Patty KimDemHarrisburgDauphin2012
104Sue HelmRepSusquehanna TownshipDauphin, Lebanon2006
105Andrew LewisRepDauphin2018
106Tom MehaffieRepLower Swatara TownshipDauphin2016
107Kurt A. MasserRepRalpho TownshipColumbia, Montour, Northumberland2010
108Lynda Schlegel-CulverRepRockefeller TownshipNorthumberland , Snyder2010
109David R. MillardRepBerwickColumbia2002
110Tina PickettRepTowandaBradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna2000
111Jonathan FritzRepHonesdaleSusquehanna, Wayne2016
112Kyle MullinsDemLackawanna2018
113Martin FlynnDemScrantonLackawanna2012
114Bridget Malloy KosierowskiDemScrantonLackawanna2019[note 3]
115Maureen MaddenDemMonroe CountyMonroe2016
116Tarah ToohilRepButler TownshipLuzerne2010
117Karen BobackRepHarveys LakeLackawanna, Luzerne, Wyoming2006
118Mike CarrollDemAvocaLackawanna, Luzerne2006
119Gerald MulleryDemNewport TownshipLuzerne2010
120Aaron KauferRepKingstonLuzerne2014
121Eddie Day PashinskiDemWilkes-BarreLuzerne2006
122Doyle HeffleyRepLower Towamensing TownshipCarbon2010
123Neal GoodmanDemMahanoy CitySchuylkill2002
124Jerry KnowlesRepTamaquaBerks, Carbon, Schuylkill2008
125Mike TobashRepPottsvilleDauphin, Schuylkill2010
126Mark RozziDemMuhlenberg TownshipBerks2012
127Thomas CaltagironeDemReadingBerks1976
128Mark M. GillenRepRobeson TownshipBerks, Lancaster2010
129Jim A. CoxRepSpring TownshipBerks, Lancaster2006
130David MaloneyRepPike TownshipBerks2010
131Justin SimmonsRepCoopersburgLehigh, Montgomery, Northampton2010
132Michael SchlossbergDemAllentownLehigh2012
133Jeanne McNeillDemWhitehall TownshipLehigh2017
134Ryan MackenzieRepLower Macungie TownshipBerks, Lehigh2012
135Steve SamuelsonDemBethlehemNorthampton1998
136Robert L. FreemanDemEastonNorthampton1998[lower-alpha 1]
137Joe EmrickRepNazarethNorthampton2010
138Marcia HahnRepBathNorthampton2010
139Michael PeiferRepHonesdalePike, Wayne2006
140John GallowayDemBristolBucks2006
141Tina DavisDemLevittownBucks2010
142Frank FarryRepLanghorneBucks2008
143Wendy UllmanDemBucks2018
144Todd PolinchockRepBucks2018
145Craig StaatsRepRichland TownshipBucks2014
146Joe CiresiDemMontgomery2018
147Marcy ToepelRepDouglass TownshipMontgomery2010
148Mary Jo DaleyDemNarberthMontgomery2012
149Tim BriggsDemUpper Merion TownshipMontgomery2008
150Joe WebsterDemMontgomery CountyMontgomery2018
151Todd StephensRepHorsham TownshipMontgomery2010
152Tom MurtRepHatboroMontgomery, Philadelphia2006
153Ben SanchezDemMontgomery2018
154Steve McCarterDemGlensideMontgomery2012
155Danielle OttenDemChester2018
156Carolyn ComittaDemWest ChesterChester2016
157Melissa ShustermanDemChester, Montgomery2018
158Christina SappeyDemChester2018
159Brian Joseph KirklandDemChesterDelaware2016
160Stephen BarrarRepAstonChester, Delaware1996
161Leanne Krueger-BranekyDemSwarthmoreDelaware2015
162David M. DellosoDemDelaware2018
163Michael ZabelDemDelaware2018
164Margo L. DavidsonDemUpper Darby TownshipDelaware2010
165Jennifer O’MaraDemDelaware2018
166Greg VitaliDemHavertownDelaware, Montgomery1992
167Kristine HowardDemChester2018
168Christopher B. QuinnRepMiddletown TownshipDelaware2016
169Kate KlunkRepHanoverYork2014
170Martina WhiteRepPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2015
171Kerry BenninghoffRepBellefonteCentre, Mifflin1996
172Kevin J. BoyleDemPhiladelphiaMontgomery, Philadelphia2010
173Michael DriscollDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2014
174Ed NeilsonDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2015[lower-alpha 2]
175Mary IsaacsonPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2018
176Jack RaderRepJackson TownshipMonroe2014
177Joseph HohensteinDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2018
178Wendi ThomasRepBucks2018
179Jason DawkinsDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2014
180Angel CruzDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2000
181Malcolm KenyattaDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2018
182Brian SimsDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2012
183Zach MakoRepWalnutportLehigh, Northampton2016
184Elizabeth FiedlerDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2018
185Maria DonatucciDemPhiladelphiaDelaware, Philadelphia2011
186Jordan A. HarrisDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2012
187Gary DayRepHeidelberg TownshipBerks, Lehigh2008
188James R. Roebuck Jr.DemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia1984
189Rosemary BrownRepMiddle Smithfield TownshipMonroe, Pike2010
190VacantDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2019[note 4]
191Joanna E. McClintonDemPhiladelphiaDelaware, Philadelphia2015
192Morgan CephasDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2016
193Torren EckerRepHamilton TownshipAdams, Cumberland2018
194Pamela DeLissioDemPhiladelphiaMontgomery, Philadelphia2010
195Donna BullockDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2015
196Seth GroveRepDover TownshipYork2008
197Danilo BurgosDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2018
198Rosita YoungbloodDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia1994
199Barbara GleimRepCumberland2018
200Chris RabbDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2016
201Stephen KinseyDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2012
202Jared SolomonDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2016
203Isabella FitzgeraldDemPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia2016
  1. Elected in special election on May 21, 2019 (2019-05-21) to fill unexpired term.
  2. Elected in special election on August 20, 2019 (2019-08-20) to fill unexpired term.
  3. Elected in special election on March 12, 2019 (2019-03-12) to fill unexpired term.
  4. Movita Johnson-Harrell was elected in the 190th district special election on March 12, 2019 (2019-03-12) to fill unexpired term, but resigned in December 2019 due to corruption charges.

Past composition of the House of Representatives

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. "Page Not Found - The official website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly". The official website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
  5. "Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus | House Democrats - Leadership". www.pahouse.com. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
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