Harrisburg – State Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) today was elected by his Republican colleagues to a leadership position in the 2015-16 legislative session.
Senator Mensch will serve as Majority Caucus Chairman for the upcoming session. As chairman he will preside over Republican caucus meetings to discuss bills and amendments and to develop caucus strategy.
“I am honored by the support of my colleagues and am eager to get to work in making the next two years a productive legislative session for the Senate,” said Mensch. “We’ll have a new governor with his own set of ideas, and an array of challenges that demand our attention. I am confident that by working together, we can confront these issues in a manner that will serve the interests of the citizens who sent us here.”
The rest of the Senate Republican leadership team includes:
Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) has been nominated again to serve as President Pro Tempore. The full Senate will vote on the nomination when it reconvenes in January. As President Pro Tempore, he will be responsible for appointing the chairpersons and members of the standing committees of the Senate. He will also play a significant role in legislative negotiations with the Administration and House of Representatives.
Senator Jake Corman (R-34) will serve as Senate Majority Leader. His duties include overseeing the legislative agenda, developing policies and strategies for the Senate Republican Caucus, chairing the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee and playing a key role in floor debates. He will also have a major role in negotiating issues with the Administration and House of Representatives and in supervising action on the Senate floor.
Senator Pat Browne (R-16) will be the new chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, one of the most influential of the standing committees. The committee reviews all legislation for its fiscal impact and plays a crucial role in developing the state budget.
Senator John Gordner (R-27) has been elected Majority Whip. His duties include acting as assistant floor leader, working to gain support for legislation and ensuring that Republican policies and strategies are maintained through the cooperative efforts of the majority caucus.
As the Senate Majority Caucus Secretary, Senator Richard Alloway (R-33) will oversee all executive nominations submitted to the Senate for confirmation. He will coordinate the review of the background and experience of nominees and ensure that proper documentation is submitted.
Senator Mensch chaired the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee in the 2013-14 session, after previously heading the Senate Aging and Youth Committee. Prior to his election to the state Senate, he served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 147th Legislative District.
“While this leadership position brings new responsibilities and influence, my focus continues to be serving the citizens of the 24th Senatorial District. Constituent services remains my top priority,” said Mensch.
Voters across Pennsylvania strengthened the Republican majority in the state Senate on Election Day, returning all incumbent Republicans up for re-election and electing three additional Republicans to the chamber. Senate Republicans hold a 30-20 majority in the State Senate.
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