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Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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House of Representatives
Pennsylvania General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
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)
Pennsylvania State House of Representatives Partisan Composition.svg
Political groups


Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle II, section 1, Pennsylvania Constitution
Last election
November 6, 2018
(203 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(203 seats)
Meeting place
Pennsylvania State Capitol House Chamber.jpg
House of Representatives Chamber
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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]

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.[citation needed]

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.


Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
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

District Representative Party Residence Counties Represented First elected
1 Pat Harkins Dem Erie Erie 2006
2 Robert Merski Dem Erie 2018
3 Ryan Bizzarro Dem Erie Erie 2012
4 Curt Sonney Rep Harborcreek Township Erie 2004
5 Barry Jozwiak Rep Bern Township Berks 2014
6 Brad Roae Rep East Mead Township Crawford, Erie 2006
7 Mark Longietti Dem Sharpsville Mercer 2006
8 Tedd Nesbit Rep Grove City Butler, Mercer 2014
9 Chris Sainato Dem New Castle Lawrence 1994
10 Aaron Bernstine Rep New Beaver Beaver, Butler, Lawrence 2016
11 Marci Mustello Rep Butler Township Butler 2019[note 1]
12 Daryl Metcalfe Rep Cranberry Township Butler 1998
13 John Lawrence Rep Franklin Township Chester, Lancaster 2010
14 Jim E. Marshall Rep Beaver Falls Beaver, Butler 2006
15 Josh Kail Rep Beaver Beaver, Washington 2018
16 Robert F. Matzie Dem Ambridge Allegheny, Beaver 2008
17 Parke Wentling Rep Hempfield Township Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer 2014
18 Gene DiGirolamo Rep Bensalem Bucks 1994
19 Jake Wheatley Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2002
20 Adam Ravenstahl Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2010
21 Sara Innamorato Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2018
22 Peter Schweyer Dem Allentown Lehigh 2014
23 Dan Frankel Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 1998
24 Edward Gainey Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2012
25 Brandon Markosek Dem Monroeville Allegheny 2018
26 Tim Hennessey Rep Pottstown Chester, Montgomery 1992
27 Daniel J. Deasy Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2008
28 Mike Turzai Rep Bradfordwoods Allegheny 2000
29 Meghan Schroeder Rep Warminster Bucks 2018
30 Lori Mizgorski Rep Allison Park Allegheny 2018
31 Perry Warren Dem Newtown Bucks 2016
32 Anthony M. DeLuca Dem Penn Hills Allegheny 2002
33 Frank Dermody Dem Oakmont Allegheny, Westmoreland 1990
34 Summer Lee Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2018
35 Austin Davis Dem White Oak Allegheny 2018
36 Harry Readshaw Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 1994
37 Mindy Fee Rep Manheim Lancaster 2012
38 Bill Kortz Dem Dravosburg Allegheny 2006
39 Mike Puskaric Rep Elizabeth Allegheny, Washington 2010
40 Natalie Mihalek Rep Upper St. Clair Allegheny, Washington 2018
41 Brett Miller Rep East Hempfield Township Lancaster 2014
42 Dan Miller Dem Mount Lebanon Allegheny 2013
43 Keith Greiner Rep West Lampeter Township Lancaster 2012
44 Valerie Gaydos Rep Moon Township Allegheny 2018
45 Anita Astorino Kulik Dem Kennedy Township Allegheny 2016
46 Jason Ortitay Rep South Fayette Township Allegheny, Washington 2014
47 Keith J. Gillespie Rep Hellam Township York 2002
48 Tim O'Neal Rep South Strabane Washington 2018
49 Bud Cook Rep West Pike Run Township Fayette, Washington 2016
50 Pam Snyder Dem Jefferson Fayette, Greene, Washington 2012
51 Matt Dowling Rep Fayette County Fayette, Somerset 2016
52 Ryan Warner Rep Perryopolis Fayette, Westmoreland 2014
53 Steve Malagari Dem Lansdale Montgomery 2018
54 Robert Brooks Rep Allegheny, Westmoreland 2018
55 Joseph Petrarca Jr. Dem Vandergrift Armstrong, Westmoreland 1994
56 George Dunbar Rep Penn Township Westmoreland 2010
57 Eric Nelson Rep Hempfield Township Westmoreland 2016
58 Justin Walsh Rep Rostraver Township Westmoreland 2016
59 Mike Reese Rep Mount Pleasant Township Somerset, Westmoreland 2008
60 Jeff Pyle Rep Ford City Armstrong, Butler, Indiana 2004
61 Liz Hanbidge Dem Lower Gwynedd Township Montgomery 2018
62 James Struzzi Rep Indiana Indiana 2018
63 Donna Oberlander Rep Clarion Armstrong, Clarion, Forest 2008
64 Lee James Rep Oil City Butler, Venango 2012
65 Kathy Rapp Rep Warren Crawford, Forest, Warren 2004
66 Cris Dush Rep Pine Creek Township Indiana, Jefferson 2014
67 Martin Causer Rep Port Allegany Cameron, McKean, Potter 2002
68 Clint Owlett Rep Liberty Bradford, McKean, Tioga 2018
69 Carl Walker Metzgar Rep Berlin Bedford, Somerset 2008
70 Matthew D. Bradford Dem Worcester Township Montgomery 2008
71 James Rigby Rep Johnstown Cambria, Somerset 2018
72 Frank Burns Dem East Taylor Township Cambria 2008
73 Tommy Sankey Rep Houtzdale Cambria, Clearfield 2012
74 Dan K. Williams Dem Sadsbury Township Chester 2018
75 Matt Gabler Rep DuBois Clearfield , Elk 2008
76 Stephanie Borowicz Rep Lock Haven Centre, Clinton 2018
77 Scott Conklin Dem Rush Township Centre 2006
78 Jesse Topper Rep Bedford Bedford, Franklin, Fulton 2014
79 Louis Schmitt Jr. Rep Blair 2018
80 Gregory James V Rep Blair 2018
81 Rich Irvin Rep Warriors Mark Township Centre, Huntingdon, Mifflin 2014
82 John D Hershey Rep Franklin, Juniata, Mifflin 2018
83 Jeff Wheeland Rep Loyalsock Township Lycoming 2014
84 Garth Everett Rep Muncy Lycoming, Union 2006
85 David Rowe Rep East Buffalo Township Snyder, Union 2019 [note 2]
86 Mark Keller Rep New Bloomfield Cumberland, Perry 2004
87 Greg Rothman Rep Silver Spring Township Cumberland 2015
88 Sheryl M. Delozier Rep Lower Allen Township Cumberland 2008
89 Rob Kauffman Rep Chambersburg Franklin 2004
90 Paul Schemel Rep Greencastle Franklin 2014
91 Dan Moul Rep Conewago Township Adams 2006
92 Dawn Keefer Rep Dillsburg Cumberland, York 2016
93 Paul M. Jones Rep York 2018
94 Stan Saylor Rep Red Lion York 1992
95 Carol Hill-Evans Dem York York 2016
96 Mike Sturla Dem Lancaster Lancaster 1990
97 Steven Mentzer Rep Manheim Township Lancaster 2012
98 David Hickernell Rep West Donegal Township Dauphin, Lancaster 2002
99 David H. Zimmerman Rep East Earl Township Lancaster 2014
100 Bryan Cutler Rep Drumore Township Lancaster 2006
101 Frank Ryan Rep Lebanon County Lebanon 2016
102 Russ Diamond Rep Annville Lebanon 2014
103 Patty Kim Dem Harrisburg Dauphin 2012
104 Sue Helm Rep Susquehanna Township Dauphin, Lebanon 2006
105 Andrew Lewis Rep Dauphin 2018
106 Tom Mehaffie Rep Lower Swatara Township Dauphin 2016
107 Kurt A. Masser Rep Ralpho Township Columbia, Montour, Northumberland 2010
108 Lynda Schlegel-Culver Rep Rockefeller Township Northumberland , Snyder 2010
109 David R. Millard Rep Berwick Columbia 2002
110 Tina Pickett Rep Towanda Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna 2000
111 Jonathan Fritz Rep Honesdale Susquehanna, Wayne 2016
112 Kyle Mullins Dem Lackawanna 2018
113 Martin Flynn Dem Scranton Lackawanna 2012
114 Bridget Malloy Kosierowski Dem Scranton Lackawanna 2019[note 3]
115 Maureen Madden Dem Monroe County Monroe 2016
116 Tarah Toohil Rep Butler Township Luzerne 2010
117 Karen Boback Rep Harveys Lake Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wyoming 2006
118 Mike Carroll Dem Avoca Lackawanna, Luzerne 2006
119 Gerald Mullery Dem Newport Township Luzerne 2010
120 Aaron Kaufer Rep Kingston Luzerne 2014
121 Eddie Day Pashinski Dem Wilkes-Barre Luzerne 2006
122 Doyle Heffley Rep Lower Towamensing Township Carbon 2010
123 Neal Goodman Dem Mahanoy City Schuylkill 2002
124 Jerry Knowles Rep Tamaqua Berks, Carbon, Schuylkill 2008
125 Mike Tobash Rep Pottsville Dauphin, Schuylkill 2010
126 Mark Rozzi Dem Muhlenberg Township Berks 2012
127 Thomas Caltagirone Dem Reading Berks 1976
128 Mark M. Gillen Rep Robeson Township Berks, Lancaster 2010
129 Jim A. Cox Rep Spring Township Berks, Lancaster 2006
130 David Maloney Rep Pike Township Berks 2010
131 Justin Simmons Rep Coopersburg Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton 2010
132 Michael Schlossberg Dem Allentown Lehigh 2012
133 Jeanne McNeill Dem Whitehall Township Lehigh 2017
134 Ryan Mackenzie Rep Lower Macungie Township Berks, Lehigh 2012
135 Steve Samuelson Dem Bethlehem Northampton 1998
136 Robert L. Freeman Dem Easton Northampton 1998[a]
137 Joe Emrick Rep Nazareth Northampton 2010
138 Marcia Hahn Rep Bath Northampton 2010
139 Michael Peifer Rep Honesdale Pike, Wayne 2006
140 John Galloway Dem Bristol Bucks 2006
141 Tina Davis Dem Levittown Bucks 2010
142 Frank Farry Rep Langhorne Bucks 2008
143 Wendy Ullman Dem Bucks 2018
144 Todd Polinchock Rep Bucks 2018
145 Craig Staats Rep Richland Township Bucks 2014
146 Joe Ciresi Dem Montgomery 2018
147 Marcy Toepel Rep Douglass Township Montgomery 2010
148 Mary Jo Daley Dem Narberth Montgomery 2012
149 Tim Briggs Dem Upper Merion Township Montgomery 2008
150 Joe Webster Dem Montgomery County Montgomery 2018
151 Todd Stephens Rep Horsham Township Montgomery 2010
152 Tom Murt Rep Hatboro Montgomery, Philadelphia 2006
153 Ben Sanchez Dem Montgomery 2018
154 Steve McCarter Dem Glenside Montgomery 2012
155 Danielle Otten Dem Chester 2018
156 Carolyn Comitta Dem West Chester Chester 2016
157 Melissa Shusterman Dem Chester, Montgomery 2018
158 Christina Sappey Dem Chester 2018
159 Brian Joseph Kirkland Dem Chester Delaware 2016
160 Stephen Barrar Rep Aston Chester, Delaware 1996
161 Leanne Krueger-Braneky Dem Swarthmore Delaware 2015
162 Daniel Delloso Dem Delaware 2018
163 Michael Zabel Dem Delaware 2018
164 Margo L. Davidson Dem Upper Darby Township Delaware 2010
165 Jennifer O’Mara Dem Delaware 2018
166 Greg Vitali Dem Havertown Delaware, Montgomery 1992
167 Kristine Howard Dem Chester 2018
168 Christopher B. Quinn Rep Middletown Township Delaware 2016
169 Kate Klunk Rep Hanover York 2014
170 Martina White Rep Philadelphia Philadelphia 2015
171 Kerry Benninghoff Rep Bellefonte Centre, Mifflin 1996
172 Kevin J. Boyle Dem Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 2010
173 Michael Driscoll Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2014
174 Ed Neilson Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2015[b]
175 Mary Isaacson Philadelphia Philadelphia 2018
176 Jack Rader Rep Jackson Township Monroe 2014
177 Joseph Hohenstein Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2018
178 Wendi Thomas Rep Bucks 2018
179 Jason Dawkins Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2014
180 Angel Cruz Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2000
181 Malcolm Kenyatta Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2018
182 Brian Sims Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2012
183 Zach Mako Rep Walnutport Lehigh, Northampton 2016
184 Elizabeth Fiedler Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2018
185 Maria Donatucci Dem Philadelphia Delaware, Philadelphia 2011
186 Jordan A. Harris Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2012
187 Gary Day Rep Heidelberg Township Berks, Lehigh 2008
188 James R. Roebuck Jr. Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 1984
189 Rosemary Brown Rep Middle Smithfield Township Monroe, Pike 2010
190 Movita Johnson-Harrell Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2019[note 4]
191 Joanna E. McClinton Dem Philadelphia Delaware, Philadelphia 2015
192 Morgan Cephas Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2016
193 Torren Ecker Rep Hamilton Township Adams, Cumberland 2018
194 Pamela DeLissio Dem Philadelphia Montgomery, Philadelphia 2010
195 Donna Bullock Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2015
196 Seth Grove Rep Dover Township York 2008
197 Danilo Burgos Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2018
198 Rosita Youngblood Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 1994
199 Barbara Gleim Rep Cumberland 2018
200 Chris Rabb Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2016
201 Stephen Kinsey Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2012
202 Jared Solomon Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2016
203 Isabella Fitzgerald Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2016
  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. ^ Elected in special election on March 12, 2019 (2019-03-12) to fill unexpired term.

Past composition of the House of Representatives

See also


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


  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". Retrieved 2018-12-17.

External links

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