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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Historic Vote Increases Republican State House Majority

Majority climbs to 122 members for 2017-18 session

HARRISBURG – The state House will begin the 2017-18 session with the largest Republican majority since 1957-58 following Tuesday’s General Election returns. House Republicans picked up a net three seats statewide, bringing their total to 122 seats, according to Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) and Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana County).

Turzai, Reed and House Republican Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny County) declared victory after determining the House Republican Caucus will grow to 122 members for the legislative session that begins Dec. 1. With a 122-81 advantage over Democrats, Republicans will control of the House for a fourth consecutive session.

“Pennsylvanians spoke with their votes Tuesday, as they clearly approved of our holding in check Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax-and-spend agenda,” Turzai said. “We have been fiscally responsible and focused on improving the climate for family-sustaining jobs in our Commonwealth. We were honored by the resounding support of Pennsylvania citizens and look forward to working with all legislators to move Pennsylvania forward.”

Important victories in the election included all but one Republican incumbent winning his re-election race and a pick-up of four seats, including two open seats and the defeat of two incumbent Democrat members. The pick-up seats and the districts are:

Aaron Bernstine, 10th Legislative District, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties.

Bud Cook, 49th Legislative District, Fayette and Washington counties.

Matthew Dowling, 51st Legislative District, Fayette and Somerset counties.

Justin Walsh, 58th Legislative District, Westmoreland County.

The House Republican leaders say the election results are a reflection of the Republican Caucus members’ work to control state spending, hold the line on the Personal Income Tax and refuse to increase the state sales tax.

“These elections were about trust, and a vision for the future of our state,” Reed said. “Clearly, the voters have rejected the tax-and-spend policies of the Wolf Administration and have more confidence in our ability to move our economy forward.”

House Republican leaders made it clear -- voters in 122 legislative districts sent a distinct mandate for each member to keep state spending under control, while making Pennsylvania government accountable to its citizens.

“The governor’s policies really created an environment where excellent candidates came forward and ran issues-based campaigns,” Mustio said.

The House returns to session this Monday, Nov. 14. A caucus of the next session’s members will be held to elect the leadership team. Positions to be elected will be: majority leader, whip, Appropriations Committee chairman, caucus chairman, policy committee chairman, caucus administrator and caucus secretary.

The caucus will also elect its “speaker-designee.” The speaker of the House is elected by a majority vote of the full body, with the next session’s election of speaker to be held on swearing-in day, Jan. 3, 2017.

22 comments :

Anonymous said...

Great news it's way past time to take this country back from the hateful liberal regime !!!

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget that the GOP gained in the State Senate also. They now have a veto proof 34-16 majority in the upper chamber of the State Legislature!

Anonymous said...

Democrats just hate that four letter word called "work".. As for the college students, protesting is one thing but burning the American Flag is another and I agree it should be considered a crime. This sort of behavior makes me think college students are just mad because their collage tuition isn't going to be free not to mention others are nothing more than followers looking to start fight's, destroy property and simply need to get a life.

Anonymous said...

Fear Donald Trump and the monster he has awakened in America. It’s now open season for discrimination, fear and retribution. If you believe that a twisted, acidic, and contempt-filled 15-month campaign will now give birth to security and prosperity, you are deluding yourself
“The next wave of fascism will come not with railroad cattle cars and camps. It will come with a friendly face.” - Bertram Gross, “Friendly Fascism”

Anonymous said...

Amen 11:18, totally agree with you !
That kind of behavior, they should've been kicked out of college, shouldn't be allowed to act like that n in college, burning the AMERICAN FLAG should be considered a crime n these kids need to be kicked out of AMERICA. ...............

Anonymous said...

Go figure, we had 8 yrs of NO EXMPLE SET, NO RESPECT, OBAMA DID NOTHING FOR THIS COUNTRY ONLY CAUSE DAMAGE & NOW WE'RE SEEING THE RESULTS WITH THE PROTESTS N THESE COLLEGE KIDS BURNING THE AMERICAN FLAG, OBAMA DID NOT CARE ABOUT AMERICA !!!

Anonymous said...

We would've had a repeat of Obama with Hillary !!!!!!! Very sad how one can ruin the entire world & Obama sure did that !

Anonymous said...

Trump voters will see that the disasters he will bring onto this country will fall more heavily on those “uneducated white males and females” who supported him and they will not like what happens to them next.
“The next wave of fascism will come not with cattle cars and internment camps. It will come with a friendly face.” - Bertram Gross, “Friendly Fascism”

Anonymous said...

Did we all forget Donald was a liberal Democrat 16 months ago after 70 yrs old dogs don't change

Anonymous said...

There is a local Austin area business man on face book saying he hopes the piece of sh&t country we live in go's into total anarchy with starvation and dead body's in the streets from revolution ! Sad to see such violent reactions from the liberal left !

Anonymous said...

He's a PHYSCO !!!
HE NEEDS TO GET OUT OF AMERICA !!!!

Anonymous said...

4:54, I have never been to Austin but if there is a businessman there who is stupid enough to do what you have said, I'm surprised he is even in business. He Must have inherited the business from his Dad.
What a cry-baby, time to grow up and take care of business.
All of the locals who support him and shop there might want to go somewhere else.
I'm curious, what does he operate a Mexican restaurant or Muslim pig farm?

Anonymous said...

5:19, thank you !
You just made my day!

"A MUSLIM PIG FARM !"

Anonymous said...

He owns one of the local newspapers and is a known radical around the area . Sad but true ! I myself will no longer do business with some one that thinks this way !

Anonymous said...

@3:50 - Also don't forget that his wife is an immagrant. She better have her papers in order or back she goes! :P

Anonymous said...

Nuf said, sounds like his dad's mentality, tell him to move to Canada ! nice attitude to raise children with !

Anonymous said...

Amen 6:05, I'm not from Austin but I won't support his business either !!

Anonymous said...

3:27, this country did not need a REPEAT of Obama, 8 yrs of him has detoriating this country !!! We are sick & tired of taking care of the illegals, Obama insurance is rapping us big time, he is no worse than Hillary!
I'm not for killing innocent little babies nor patial birth killings, how sadistic, & cruel !!!!!!! You people might as well get over, the people voted her OUT !!!!!!!!!!!! THEY DID NOT WANT HER AS PRESIDENT !!

AS SAID BEFORE:
"BABIES LIVES MATTER !"

Anonymous said...

Donald Trump has named the architect of the most racist law in modern America history to his transition team. Last year Kris Kobach was a featured speaker at a meeting of White Nationalists and this year he’s a key member of Donald Trump’s presidential transition team. President-elect Trump is already hard at work to make America great again already!

Anonymous said...

Talk like that is scary, we possibly could be headed for a civil war here in the US
These protestors need to get over it & these college kids need to grow up & act like mature civilized human being, if it would be a cold day in he'll before my child would be out protesting over an election !!!
GET OVER IT & SUCK IT UP !!!

Anonymous said...

Big mouth AL Sharpton can move to Mexico, Alaska, or wherever, he's the biggest racist ever !! With these kinda ppl this country is paying hell trying to come into unity !!!! People wake up! try to get along, we can disagree but be agreeable

Anonymous said...

If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen, Hillary lost
As Hillary would say;

"What Difference does it MATTER !!!!"