The Latest: State House Democrats pick leadership team

November 13, 2018 GMT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on leadership elections in the Pennsylvania Legislature (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

Democrats in the Pennsylvania House are returning their floor leader to the job for another two years and installing a member from Philadelphia to be his second in command.

The House Democratic caucus tweeted out Rep. Frank Dermody’s selection to be minority leader as the voting continued behind closed doors. Rep. Jordan Harris was chosen to be the whip.

Dermody is a former prosecutor from Allegheny County who has been in the House since 1990. Harris was first elected to the Legislature in 2012.

The voting follows the Republicans’ choice of Lancaster Rep. Bryan Cutler to be majority leader and Rep. Kerry Benninghoff as GOP whip.

Senate caucus elections are Wednesday.


11:50 a.m.

Republicans in the Pennsylvania House are turning to a six-term member from Lancaster County to serve as their majority leader during the legislative session that starts in January.

The House Republican caucus elected Rep. Bryan Cutler Tuesday to the critical job that includes running floor debates. He replaces Rep. Dave Reed of Indiana County, who did not seek re-election.

Republicans chose Rep. Kerry Benninghoff of Centre County to be whip, the job held most recently by Cutler.

They also re-elected Rep. Stan Saylor of York County to chair the powerful Appropriations Committee.

The chamber’s presiding officer, speaker of the House, will be elected in January. Allegheny County Republican Rep. Mike Turzai is likely to retain that position.

House Democrats will pick their leaders later Tuesday.

Senate caucus elections are Wednesday.