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]

Following the 2018 elections, the house consists of 110 Republicans, 91 Democrats, and two vacancies. 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.)

Pennsylvania
House of Representatives
Pennsylvania General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 1, 2019
Leadership
Speaker of the House
Mike Turzai (R)
Since January 6, 2015
Majority Leader
Bryan Cutler (R)
Since January 1, 2019
Minority Leader
Frank Dermody (D)
Since January 4, 2011
Structure
Seats203
Pennsylvania State House of Representatives Partisan Composition
Political groups
Majority

Minority

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle II, section 1, Pennsylvania Constitution
Salary$85,338.65/year[1]
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(203 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(203 seats)
Meeting place
Pennsylvania State Capitol House Chamber
House of Representatives Chamber
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Website
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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
Latest voting share 45.3% 54.7%

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

See also

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.
General

External links

Coordinates: 40°15′53″N 76°52′59″W / 40.26469°N 76.88315°W

2008 Pennsylvania House of Representatives election

The 2008 Elections for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were held on November 4, 2008, with all districts being contested. Necessary primary elections were held on April 22, 2008. The term of office for those elected in 2008 will run from January 6, 2009 until November 2010. State Representatives are elected for two-year terms, with the entire House of Representatives up for a vote every two years.

2010 Pennsylvania House of Representatives election

The 2010 elections for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were held on November 2, 2010, with all districts being contested. Necessary primary elections were held on May 18, 2010. The term of office for those elected in 2010 will run from January 4, 2011 until November 30, 2012. State Representatives are elected for two-year terms, with the entire House of Representatives up for election every two years.

2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives election

The 2012 elections for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were held on November 6, 2012, with all districts being contested. The primary elections were held on April 24, 2012. The term of office for those elected in 2012 began when the House of Representatives convened in January 2013. Pennsylvania State Representatives are elected for two-year terms, with all 203 seats up for election every two years.

2014 Pennsylvania House of Representatives election

The 2014 elections for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were held on November 4, 2014, with all districts being contested. The primary elections were held on May 20, 2014. The term of office for those elected in 2014 began when the House of Representatives convened in January 2015. Pennsylvania State Representatives are elected for two-year terms, with all 203 seats up for election every two years. The Republicans gained eight seats to expand their majority in the chamber over the Democrats.

2016 Pennsylvania House of Representatives election

The 2016 elections for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were held on November 8, 2016, with all districts being contested. The primary elections were held on April 26, 2016. The term of office for those elected in 2016 began when the House of Representatives convened in January 2017. Pennsylvania State Representatives are elected for two-year terms, with all 203 seats up for election every two years.

2018 Pennsylvania House of Representatives election

The 2018 elections for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was held on November 6, 2018, with all districts being decided. The term of office for those that were elected in 2018 will begin when the House of Representatives convenes in January 2019. Pennsylvania State Representatives are elected for two-year terms, with all 203 seats up for election every two years. The election coincided with the election for Governor.

Jared Solomon

Jared G. Solomon (born November 18, 1979) is the representative for the 202nd District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

List of Speakers of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

The speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives holds the oldest statewide elected office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since its first session under the Frame of Government 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 K. Leroy Irvis was the first African-American elected speaker of any state legislature in the United States since the Reconstruction era. Pennsylvania has never had a female speaker.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 12

The 12th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is in western Pennsylvania and, as of 2018, is represented by Republican Daryl Metcalfe.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 132

The 132nd Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is located in Southeastern Pennsylvania and has been represented since 2013 by Michael Schlossberg.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 188

The 188th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is located in Southeast Pennsylvania and has been represented since 1985 by James R. Roebuck Jr..

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 39

The 39th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is located in Southwestern Pennsylvania and has been represented since 2018 by Michael J Puskaric.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 5

The 5th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is in southeastern Pennsylvania and has been represented by Barry Jozwiak since 2014.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 58

The 58th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is in Southeastern Pennsylvania and has been represented by Justin Walsh since 2016.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 79

The 79th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is located in Blair County and includes the following areas:

Allegheny Township (PART, Districts 02, 03 and 04)

Altoona

Logan Township

Tunnelhill (Blair County Portion)

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 95

The 95th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is located in York County and includes the following areas:

Spring Garden Township

West Manchester Township (PART, District 01)

West York

York

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