McClinton makes history in House Democratic leadership elections

First African-American and woman to serve as Pa. Democratic Caucus chairman

HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton today was selected by her peers to serve as the chair of the House Democratic Caucus for the 2019-20 legislative session. McClinton represents the 191st District in parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County and has served in the House since 2015.


McClinton is the first African-American and woman to hold the caucus chairman leadership position. The chair is responsible for conducting caucus meetings on each day of voting session and helps Democratic members understand the legislation called up for votes in the House chamber.


“It is an honor to have the confidence and trust of my peers to help lead the House Democratic Caucus into the future, a future that includes better public education, fair wages for working people, a more equitable justice system, sustainable environmental policies and earnest and honest approaches to combat the opioid and gun-violence epidemics plaguing our state and nation,” McClinton said.


“Last week’s midterm elections showed politicians across the state and nation that people are looking for strong leadership and a desire for lawmakers to collectively make a difference. While the priorities of urban and rural legislators may vary, we in the House Democratic Caucus have a sincere desire and plan to put people first and work together to build a strong economy that works for all of us.”


All of the Democratic members returning to office in 2019 as well as the 24 Democratic members-elect took part in today’s meeting to choose their leadership team.


The full House will be sworn in and begin the new session at noon on Jan. 1, 2019.