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List of Speakers of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

The speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives holds the oldest statewide elected office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.[1] Since its first session under the Frame of Government 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 his designated speaker pro tempore.

Speaker K. Leroy Irvis was the first African-American elected speaker of any state legislature in the United States since the Reconstruction era. Pennsylvania has never had a female speaker.

List of speakers of the Provincial AssemblyEdit

List of speakers of the Pennsylvania House of RepresentativesEdit

Name County Tenure Notes
William Bingham Philadelphia 1791
Gerardus Wynkoop II Philadelphia 1793
George Latimer Philadelphia 1794
Cadwalader Evans Montgomery 1799
Isaac Weaver, Jr. Greene 1800
Simon Snyder Northumberland 1804
Charles Porter Fayette 1806
Simon Snyder Northumberland 1807
Nathaniel Boileau Montgomery 1808
James Engle Philadelphia 1809
John Weber Montgomery 1810
John Tod Bedford 1812
Robert Smith Franklin 1813 resigned February 14, 1813
John St. Clair Fayette 1814
Jacob Holgate Philadelphia 1815
Rees Hill Greene 1816
William Davidson Fayette 1818
Rees Hill Greene 1819
Joseph Lawrence Washington 1820
John Gilmore Allegheny, Butler 1821
Joseph Lawrence Washington 1822
Joel B. Sutherland Philadelphia 1825
Joseph Ritner Washington 1826
Ner Middleswarth Union 1828
Frederick Smith Franklin 1830
John Laporte Bradford, Tioga 1832
James Findley Westmoreland 1833
Samuel Anderson Delaware 1833
William Patterson Washington 1834
James Thompson Venango, Warren 1835
Ner Middleswarth Union 1836
Lewis Dewart Northumberland 1837
William Hopkins Washington 1839
William A. Crabb Philadelphia 1841
James Ross Snowden Venango, Clarion 1842
Hendrick Bradley Wright Luzerne, Wyoming 1843
James Ross Snowden Venango, Clarion 1844
Findley Patterson Washington 1845
Findley Patterson Washington 1846
James Cooper Adams 1847
William F. Packer Lycoming, Clinton 1848
William F. Packer Potter, Sullivan 1849
John S. McCalmont Venango 1850
John Cessna Bedford 1851
John S. Rhey Armstrong, Cambria 1852
William P. Schell Bedford 1853
E.B. Chase Susquehanna, Wyoming 1854
Henry K. Strong Philadelphia 1855
Richard L. Wright Philadelphia 1856
J. Lawrence Getz Berks 1857
A.B. Longaker Montgomery 1858
William Lawrence Dauphin 1859
William Lawrence Dauphin 1860
Elisha W. Davis Mercer, Venango 1861
John Rowe Franklin 1862
John Cessna Bedford 1863
Henry C. Johnson Crawford 1864
Arthur G. Olmsted Potter 1865
James R. Kelley Fulton 1866
John P. Glass Allegheny 1867
Elisha W. Davis Philadelphia 1868
John Clark Washington 1869
Butler B. Strang Tioga 1870
James H. Webb Bradford 1871
William Elliott Philadelphia 1872
H.H. McCormick Allegheny 1874
Samuel F. Patterson Allegheny 1875
E. Reed Myer Bradford 1877
Henry M. Long Allegheny 1879
Benjamin L. Hewit Blair 1881
John E. Faunce Philadelphia 1883
James L. Graham Allegheny 1885
Henry K. Boyer Philadelphia 1887
Henry K. Boyer Philadelphia 1889
Caleb C. Thompson Warren 1891
Caleb C. Thompson Warren 1893
Henry F. Walton Philadelphia 1895
Henry K. Boyer Philadelphia 1897 resigned January 17, 1898
John R. Farr Lackawanna 1899
William T. Marshall Allegheny 1901
Henry F. Walton Philadelphia 1903
Henry F. Walton Philadelphia 1905
Frank B. McClain Lancaster 1907
John F. Cox Allegheny 1909
John F. Cox Allegheny 1911 died in office November 6, 1911
Milton W. Shreve Erie 1911
George E. Alter Allegheny 1913
Charles A. Ambler Montgomery 1915 died August 29, 1940
Richard J. Baldwin Delaware 1917
Robert S. Spangler York 1919
Robert S. Spangler York 1921 unseated April 26, 1921
Samuel A. Whitaker Chester 1921 elected to fill unexpired term April 26, 1921
C.J. Goodnough Cameron 1923
Thomas Bluett Philadelphia 1925
Thomas Bluett Philadelphia 1927 resigned to become a judge
James H. McClure Allegheny 1927 elected to fill an unexpired term
Aaron B. Hess Lancaster 1929
C.J. Goodnough Cameron 1931
Grover C. Talbot Delaware 1933
Wilson G. Sarig Berks 1935 died in office March 14, 1936
Roy E. Furman Greene 1936
Roy E. Furman Greene 1937
Ellwood J. Turner Delaware 1939
Elmer Kilroy Philadelphia 1941
Ira T. Fiss Snyder 1943
Ira T. Fiss Snyder 1945
Franklin H. Lichtenwalter Lehigh 1947
Herbert P. Sorg Elk 1949
Herbert P. Sorg Elk 1951
Charles C. Smith Philadelphia 1953
Hiram G. Andrews Cambria 1955
W. Stuart Helm Armstrong 1957
Hiram G. Andrews Cambria 1959
Hiram G. Andrews Cambria 1961
W. Stuart Helm Armstrong 1963
Robert K. Hamilton Beaver 1965
Kenneth B. Lee Sullivan 1967
Herbert Fineman Philadelphia 1969-1971
Kenneth B. Lee Sullivan 1973
Herbert Fineman Philadelphia 1975-1977
K. Leroy Irvis Allegheny 1977 elected May 23, 1977
H. Jack Seltzer Lebanon 1979
Matthew J. Ryan Delaware 1981
K. Leroy Irvis Allegheny 1983-1987
James J. Manderino Westmoreland 1989 died in office December 26, 1989
Robert W. O'Donnell Philadelphia 1990-1992
H. William DeWeese Greene 1993–1994
Matthew J. Ryan Delaware 1995–2003 died in office March 29, 2003
John M. Perzel Philadelphia 2003–2006 elected to fill unexpired term April 15, 2003
Dennis M. O'Brien Philadelphia 2007–2008 Minority-party Speaker
Keith R. McCall Carbon 2009–2010
Samuel H. Smith Jefferson 2011–2015
Michael C. Turzai Allegheny 2015–

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Pennsylvania House of Representatives web site Archived 2007-07-12 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Philadelphia, December 27". Freeman's Journal. 1786-12-27. p. 2.
  3. ^ Hiltzheimer, Jacob; Parsons, Jacob Cox (1893). Extracts from the diary of Jacob Hiltzheimer: of Philadelphia. 1765-1798. Press of W. F. Fell & co.