PA House Democrats choose leaders for 2017-18

HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – Returning and newly elected members of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus chose their leadership team today for the 2017-18 legislative session.

"As the minority party we face a continuing challenge, but we embrace it and look forward to working with Governor Tom Wolf to keep getting things done," Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said. "House Democrats will continue to fight hard at the Capitol and in our communities for a Pennsylvania that works better for all people, not just the special interests.

"We want a Pennsylvania that offers good jobs that support careers and family. We want a state with quality public schools, clean air and water, and a place that offers a fair opportunity for everyone who wants to work hard and make to their life better," he said. "We look forward to working with Democrats and Republicans to fight for policies that support these values and against the worst and most extreme ideas of those who would take Pennsylvania, its economy and its residents backwards."

House Democrats elected the following legislators to leadership positions for the 2017-18 term:

Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, 33rd Legislative District (Allegheny and Westmoreland counties). Representative since 1991.

Democratic Whip Mike Hanna, 76th Legislative District (Clinton and Centre counties). Representative since 1991.

Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, 23rd Legislative District (Allegheny County). Representative since 1999. 

Caucus Secretary Rosita Youngblood, 198th Legislative District (Philadelphia). Representative since 1994.

Caucus Administrator Neal Goodman, 123rd Legislative District (Schuylkill County). Representative since 2003.

Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, 96th Legislative District (Lancaster County). Representative since 1991.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Joe Markosek, 25th Legislative District (Allegheny County). Representative since 1983.

New members of the caucus, whose terms will begin Dec. 1, include Reps.-elect Anita Astorino- Kulik (Allegheny), Kevin Haggerty (Lackawanna), Carol Hill-Evans (York), Brian Kirkland (Delaware), Maureen Madden (Monroe), Perry Warren (Bucks), and Morgan Cephas, Isabella Fitzgerald, Christopher Rabb and Jared Solomon of Philadelphia.

The new and returning House lawmakers will formally take the oath of office as voting representatives on Jan. 3, 2017.