To officially kick off the 2019-20 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Representative Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) joined her colleagues in taking the oath of office Tuesday. This session, Oberlander, a member of the House Republican leadership team, serves as chair of the House Majority Policy Committee, the first Republican woman to do so. Oberlander first joined the House in 2009. She was previously a county commissioner in Clarion County.
Republicans continue to hold a working majority of 110 members and this is the fifth consecutive term that Republicans have retained majority control of the House. There are 43 new House members, with 19 Republicans and 24 Democrats being sworn in to serve their first term.
Following election to his third term as Speaker, Representative Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) shared his vision for the objectives that need to be met in the new legislative session.
“Family sustaining jobs, opportunities in education, and in taking care of your families and contributing to your communities… these are the goals each and every one of us share. We may have different perspectives as to how to get to those objectives, but we’ll get there. And we’re going to find a way working together, to eliminate the scourge of things like opioids and drugs; and instead to find meaning in your community, and in your family and friends, and being able to contribute and take care of your families and be able to give back. Those are the objectives and goals for each and every one of us, for the twelve million plus citizens we have in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”