McClinton announces appointment of deputy caucus chairs

Newly-created role will enhance mentor services for new House Democrats

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – House Democratic Caucus Chair Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced the appointment of four legislators to serve in the newly-created role of deputy caucus chair for the 2019-2020 legislative session.

The newly appointed deputy caucus chairs are:

  • State Rep. Morgan Cephas, Philadelphia County
  • State Rep. Ed Gainey, Allegheny County
  • State Rep. Frank Burns, Cambria County
  • State Rep. Michael Schlossberg, Lehigh County

“As the first woman and the first African-American to serve as the House Democratic Caucus chair, I am committed to ensuring that our new members have the information and mentorship they need to best serve their communities. I also know it is equally important to work hand-in-hand with our experienced members to better meet the needs of all of our constituents. For those reasons, I’m grateful to be joined in this effort by four deputy caucus chairs who represent a cross-section of our caucus in terms of gender, race and geographic location,” McClinton said.

In their new roles, the deputy caucus chairs will work closely with the 24 new members of the House Democratic Caucus to provide peer mentoring in areas such as messaging, legislative goals, district office outreach and constituent services. The deputy caucus chairs will also work with McClinton to prepare special informational presentations for legislators and to encourage all members to routinely attend daily caucus meetings wherein strategy and legislation are discussed.

“I am excited to work with the new deputy caucus chairs, and I know they are ready and willing to be a resource for all members of our caucus. While I will continue to meet with House Democrats regularly, I am also going to lean on the skills, compassion and experience of my deputies to ensure that our members have the tools they need to succeed both in their districts and here in Harrisburg,” McClinton said.