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]

House of Representatives
Pennsylvania General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 5, 2021
Bryan Cutler (R)
since June 22, 2020
Speaker pro tempore
John Lawrence (R)
since January 5, 2021
Majority Leader
Kerry Benninghoff (R)
since June 22, 2020
Minority Leader
Joanna McClinton (D)
since November 12, 2020
Pennsylvania State House of Representatives Partisan Composition.svg
Political groups
  •   Republican (112)


Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle II, section 1, Pennsylvania Constitution
Last election
November 3, 2020
(203 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(203 seats)
Meeting place
PA House chamber 03 2019.jpg
House of Representatives Chamber
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

It is the largest full-time state legislature in the country. The New Hampshire House of Representatives is larger but only serves part-time.


According to the Pennsylvania Constitution, representatives must be at least 21 years old. They must be citizens and residents of the state for a minimum of four years and reside in their districts for at least one year.[citation needed]

Hall of the HouseEdit

The Hall of the House contains important symbols of 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 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 HouseEdit

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 their 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.

Republican Bryan Cutler was elected Speaker of the House on June 22, 2020, replacing outgoing speaker Mike Turzai, who had resigned to take a job with a Pittsburgh-based natural gas company.[5]

Current compositionEdit

In 2012, a State Representative district had an average population of 60,498 residents.[6]

Partisan breakdownEdit

as of January 31, 2022:

88 3 112
Democratic Republican
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of 2020 110 93 203 0
Begin 2021–2022 session 112 90 202 1
May 19, 2021 113 90 203 0
June 9, 2021 113 89 202 1
July 22, 2021 113 88 201 2
November 18, 2021 113 90 203 0
January 4, 2022 112 89 201 2
January 31, 2022 112 88 200 3
Latest voting share 56% 44%


Speaker of the House of Representatives: Bryan Cutler (R)

Majority party (R)[7] Leadership position Minority party (D)[8]
Kerry Benninghoff Floor Leader Joanna McClinton
Donna Oberlander Whip Jordan Harris
George Dunbar[9] Caucus Chairperson Dan Miller
Martina White Caucus Secretary Tina Davis
Stan Saylor Appropriations Committee Chairman Matt Bradford
Kurt Masser Caucus Administrator Mike Schlossberg
Martin Causer Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro

Membership, 2021–2022Edit

Map of current partisan composition of legislative districts for state house:
  Republican representative
  Democratic representative
  Seat vacant

as of January 31, 2022:

District Representative Party Residence Counties represented First elected
1 Pat Harkins Dem Erie Erie 2006
2 Robert Merski Dem Erie 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 Tim Bonner Rep Butler, Mercer 2020
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
12 Daryl Metcalfe Rep Cranberry Township Butler 1998
13 John Lawrence Rep Franklin Township Chester, Lancaster 2010
14 Jim Marshall Rep Beaver Falls Beaver, Butler 2006
15 Josh Kail Rep Beaver Beaver, Washington 2018
16 Robert Matzie Dem Ambridge Allegheny, Beaver 2008
17 Parke Wentling Rep Hempfield Township Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer 2014
18 K.C. Tomlinson Rep Bensalem Bucks 2020
19 [to be determined][note 1] Pittsburgh Allegheny
20 Emily Kinkead Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2020
21 Sara Innamorato Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2018
22 Peter Schweyer Dem Allentown Lehigh 2014
23 Dan Frankel Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 1998
24 [to be determined][note 2] Pittsburgh Allegheny
25 Brandon Markosek Dem Monroeville Allegheny 2018
26 Tim Hennessey Rep Pottstown Chester, Montgomery 1992
27 Daniel Deasy Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2008
28 Robert Mercuri Rep Wexford Allegheny 2020
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 1982
33 Carrie DelRosso Rep Oakmont Allegheny, Westmoreland 2020
34 Summer Lee Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2018
35 Austin Davis Dem McKeesport Allegheny 2018
36 Jessica Benham Dem Pittsburgh Allegheny 2020
37 Mindy Fee Rep Manheim Lancaster 2012
38 Nick Pisciottano Dem West Mifflin Allegheny 2020
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 Bob Brooks Rep Murrysville Allegheny, Westmoreland 2018
55 Jason Silvis Rep Murrysville Armstrong, Westmoreland 2020
56 George Dunbar Rep Penn Township Westmoreland 2010
57 Eric Nelson Rep Hempfield Township Westmoreland 2016
58 Eric Davanzo Rep Smithton Westmoreland 2020
59 Leslie Rossi Rep Somerset, Westmoreland 2021
60 Abby Major Rep Ford City Armstrong, Butler, Indiana 2021
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 Brian Smith Rep Indiana, Jefferson 2020
67 Martin Causer Rep Port Allegany Cameron, McKean, Potter 2002
68 Clint Owlett Rep Liberty Bradford, Potter, Tioga 2018
69 Carl Walker Metzgar Rep Berlin Bedford, Somerset 2008
70 Matthew 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 Michael Armanini Rep Clearfield, Elk 2020
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 Altoona Blair 2018
80 James V. Gregory Rep Hollidaysburg Blair 2018
81 Rich Irvin Rep Warriors Mark Township Centre, Huntingdon, Mifflin 2014
82 John D. Hershey Rep Milford Franklin, Juniata, Mifflin 2018
83 Jeff Wheeland Rep Loyalsock Township Lycoming 2014
84 Joseph D. Hamm Rep Hepburn Township Lycoming, Union 2020
85 David Rowe Rep East Buffalo Township Snyder, Union 2019
86 Perry A. Stambaugh Rep Green Park Cumberland, Perry 2020
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 Mike Jones Rep York Township 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 Lower Paxton Township 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 Blakely Lackawanna 2018
113 Thom Welby Dem Lackawanna 2021[note 3]
114 Bridget Malloy Kosierowski Dem Scranton Lackawanna 2019
115 Maureen Madden Dem Tobyhanna Monroe 2016
116 [to be determined][note 4]
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 Timothy Twardzik Rep Butler Township Schuylkill 2020
124 Jerry Knowles Rep Tamaqua Berks, Carbon, Schuylkill 2008
125 Joseph Kerwin Rep Lykens Dauphin, Schuylkill 2020
126 Mark Rozzi Dem Muhlenberg Township Berks 2012
127 Manny Guzman Jr. Dem Reading Berks 2020
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 Milou Mackenzie Rep Lower Saucon Township Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton 2020
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 Ann Flood Rep Moore Township Northampton 2020
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 Shelby Labs Rep Plumstead Township Bucks 2020
144 Todd Polinchock Rep Warrington Township Bucks 2018
145 Craig Staats Rep Richland Township Bucks 2014
146 Joe Ciresi Dem Limerick Township Montgomery 2018
147 Tracy Pennycuick Rep Lower Salford Township Montgomery 2020
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 Nancy Guenst Dem Hatboro Montgomery, Philadelphia 2020
153 Ben Sanchez Dem Abington Township Montgomery 2018
154 Napoleon Nelson Dem Cheltenham Township Montgomery 2020
155 Danielle Friel Otten Dem Uwchlan Township Chester 2018
156 Dianne Herrin Dem West Chester Chester 2020
157 Melissa Shusterman Dem Schuylkill Township Chester, Montgomery 2018
158 Christina Sappey Dem West Bradford Chester 2018
159 Brian Joseph Kirkland Dem Chester Delaware 2016
160 Wendell Craig Williams Rep Concord Township Chester, Delaware 2020
161 Leanne Krueger Dem Swarthmore Delaware 2015
162 David Delloso Dem Ridley Township Delaware 2018
163 Michael Zabel Dem Upper Darby Township Delaware 2018
164 Gina Curry Dem Upper Darby Township Delaware 2021[note 5]
165 Jennifer O'Mara Dem Springfield Township Delaware 2018
166 Greg Vitali Dem Havertown Delaware, Montgomery 1992
167 Kristine Howard Dem East Whiteland Township 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 Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2018
176 Jack Rader Rep Jackson Township Monroe 2014
177 Joseph Hohenstein Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2018
178 Wendi Thomas Rep Northampton Township 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 Regina Young Dem Philadelphia Delaware, Philadelphia 2020
186 Jordan A. Harris Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2012
187 Gary Day Rep Heidelberg Township Berks, Lehigh 2008
188 Rick Krajewski Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2020
189 Rosemary Brown Rep Middle Smithfield Township Monroe, Pike 2010
190 Amen Brown Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2020
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 Darisha Parker Dem Philadelphia Philadelphia 2020
199 Barbara Gleim Rep Middlesex Township 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. ^ A vacancy was created when Jake Wheatley resigned to work for Mayor Gainey.
  2. ^ A vacancy was created when Ed Gainey was elected Mayor of Pittsburgh.
  3. ^ Marty Flynn resigned on June 9, 2021 after being elected to the Pennsylvania Senate.
  4. ^ A vacancy was created when Tarah Toohil was elected a judge on the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.
  5. ^ Margo Davidson resigned on July 23, 2021 after being charged with theft of state funds.

Past composition of the House of RepresentativesEdit


As of August 9, 2021:[10]

Committee Name Majority Chair Minority Chair
Aging & Older Adult Services Gary Day Steve Samuelson
Agriculture & Rural Affairs Dan Moul Eddie Day Pashinski
Appropriations Stan Saylor Matthew Bradford
Children & Youth Sheryl M. Delozier Pam DeLissio
Commerce Brad Roae John Galloway
Committee On Committees Stan Saylor Mary Jo Daley
Ethics Todd Stephens [to be determined]
Consumer Affairs Jim Marshall Robert Matzie
Education Curt Sonney Mark Longietti
Environmental Resources & Energy Daryl Metcalfe Greg Vitali
Finance Michael Peifer Kevin Boyle
Game & Fisheries Keith J. Gillespie Ed Neilson
Gaming Oversight Sue Helm Pat Harkins
Government Oversight Matthew Bradford
Health Kathy Rapp Dan Frankel
Human Services Frank Farry Angel Cruz
Insurance Tina Pickett Anthony M. DeLuca
Judiciary Rob Kauffman Tim Briggs
Labor & Industry Jim Cox Gerald Mullery
Liquor Control Carl Walker Metzgar Dan Deasy
Local Government Jerry Knowles Robert L. Freeman
Policy Martin Causer Ryan Bizzarro
Professional Licensure David Hickernell Jake Wheatley
Rules Kerry Benninghoff [to be determined]
State Government Seth Grove H. Scott Conklin
Tourism & Recreational Development David R. Millard Mary Jo Daley
Transportation Tim Hennessey Mike Carroll
Urban Affairs Rosemary Brown Mike Sturla
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Karen Boback Chris Sainato

See alsoEdit


  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". Archived from the original on April 10, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2021.
  2. ^ Article II, section 2, Pennsylvania Constitution.
  3. ^ Article II, section 16, Pennsylvania Constitution.
  4. ^ Center, Legislativate Data Processing. "Pennsylvania General Assembly". Pennsylvania General Assembly. Archived from the original on December 18, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
  5. ^ Murphy, Jan (June 22, 2020). "Lancaster County Rep. Bryan Cutler elected speaker of Pa. House of Representatives". PennLive. Archived from the original on June 23, 2020. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  6. ^ "2012 Revised Final Reapportionment Plan" (PDF). Legislative Reapportionment Commission. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. June 8, 2012. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 5, 2021. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  7. ^ Cole, John (November 10, 2020). "PA House Leadership Race Chatter". PoliticsPA. Archived from the original on November 10, 2020. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  8. ^ "House Democrats elect leaders for upcoming legislative session". Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus. November 12, 2020. Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  9. ^ Cole, John (January 26, 2021). "Dunbar Elected House GOP Caucus Chairman". PoliticsPA. Archived from the original on January 26, 2021. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  10. ^ "House Committees". The official website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Archived from the original on July 29, 2021. Retrieved August 9, 2021.

External linksEdit

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