Each Political Faction In Pennsylvania’s House Of Representatives Is Now Claiming A Majority And The Ability To Schedule Elections!

Who really controls the Pennsylvania State House

Central Plaza — The ruling party in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is still up for grabs, and the matter may have to be settled in court.

In spite of the fact that it is still technically unclear which party has the majority in the House, Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, was sworn in as leader last week. The Republican Party filed a lawsuit over the weekend to nullify McClinton’s Feb. 7 special elections to fill three House seats.

Then on Monday, Republican Party House Leader Bryan Cutler of Quarryville, Georgia, made arrangements to be sworn in.

I was sworn in as the Republican Party’s leader, and I’m happy to say that it’s a position I’m qualified to fill. In light of the resignations and sudden passing of our good friend Rep. DeLuca, the numbers make me the majority leader at 101-99,” Cutler said.

Despite the fact that Democrats gained 102 seats and Republicans lost 101 in the November elections, Republican Rep. Tony DeLuca of Allegheny County was not removed from the ballot due to his untimely death.

The House was deadlocked at 101-101 until two Democrats from Allegheny County, Austin Davis, and Summer Lee, resigned last week. The current Pennsylvania House is split 101–99 in favor of the GOP due to Davis’ election as lieutenant governor and Lee’s election to the U.S. House.

Even though the Democrats are heavy favorites to win the upcoming three special elections, the current party in control of the House is still up in the air. According to an advisory opinion issued by the Legislative Reference Bureau, a nonpartisan state agency, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have a majority in the House of Representatives.

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The Democratic Party leader’s “unprecedented actions” in declaring a tie to be a majority “really brought about the circumstances of today,” Cutler said. Before, he had questioned whether or not McClinton’s inauguration was constitutional.

Cutler said last week that McClinton’s “illegitimate power grab” was typical of the Democratic Party, which “constantly demonstrates that their last two years of rhetoric on respect for institutions has been nothing but crocodile tears.” McClinton was sworn in without notice and in complete secret.

Pa. House In Limbo: Which Party Has Control?

Bryan Cutler, a Republican from Lancaster County, and Joanna McClinton, a Democrat from Philadelphia, have both been sworn in as majority leaders of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. To what extent, however, each side actually exercises authority is still an open question.

Pa. House In Limbo Which Party Has Control

As Terry Madonna, political analyst and senior fellow in residence in political affairs at Millersville University, put it, “Neither Democrats nor Republicans have the magic number, which is 102.” That’s the general consensus among the members here.

There are 99 Democrats and 101 Republicans currently in office. All three open seats are in districts that the Democrats once controlled and are located in Allegheny County. Both Summer Lee and Austin Davis won their respective races for Congress and Lt. Governor, respectively. Even though Anthony Deluca’s death in October, right before the election, did not allow his name to be removed from the ballot, he was still voted for.

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Cutler Claims To Be The Head Of The Republican Party

Mathematically, he is the majority leader with a vote of 101 to 99, he said. Berks County’s newly elected Democratic state representative, Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz, warned of difficulties.

Cutler Claims To Be The Head Of The Republican Party

I think we’ll be able to work through it, and I’m confident that the Democrats will have the majority,” Cepeda-Freytiz said.

McClinton has scheduled special elections for February 7 to fill the vacancies. Cutler has decided to take this dispute to court. In his lawsuit, he claims the Democrats’ claim that they have 102 members because of DeLuca’s death is false.

The state courts, “we’ll have to see if they get involved in trying to work out a resolution to this problem that certainly exists now,” Madonna said.

What Was Behind The Democrats’ Strong Performance?

One of the more interesting trends emerging from the election debriefs is the fact that both Josh Shapiro and John Fetterman were able to significantly chip away at the Republican margin in some areas that had voted very solidly for Donald Trump for President in the previous two presidential cycles. With such lopsided margins at the top of the ticket, it was a struggle for Republicans further down the ballot to maintain their majority.

What Was Behind The Democrats’ Strong Performance

Lara Putnam, a political historian, and writer based in Pittsburgh has observed that the results of the general election in Pennsylvania in 2022 showed a resurgence of the demographics of the Democrats’ coalition in 2018. Most of the state’s voters live in the “Middle Suburbs,

” which voted overwhelmingly against Donald Trump in the midterms but have since begun to swing strongly in the Republicans’ favor. However, after the Dobbs decision was made public, there was a noticeable uptick in the number of people registering to vote as Democrats, and the results for statewide candidates were impressive.

Putnam cites another example from Allegheny County, where Josh Shapiro received the same number of votes as Joe Biden in a midterm election year despite turnout is much lower than it had been for the presidential election. Trump had won those precincts with 51-60 percent of the vote.

Aside from the Big City category, which is largely a story about Philadelphia, Democratic turnout in 2022 was generally weaker than in 2018.

Final Words

Former Republican state representative and current vice president of government affairs for the Commonwealth Foundation Steve Bloom said, “The PA House of Representatives is governed by the votes of a majority of its members, duly seated and elected by the people of their districts as their representatives, not by any person claiming an indirect mandate based on an unprecedented partisan misinterpretation of the constitutional process.”

The Center Square employs Anthony Hennen as a reporter. Prior to joining the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, he worked for Philadelphia Weekly. He currently serves as the managing editor of Expatalachians, a publication dedicated to covering the Appalachian region through journalism.


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