HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Senate convened today for the start of the 2023-24 legislative session, highlighted by the swearing in of members.
The proceedings also included the formal election of Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) as senate president pro tempore, as well as a vote on rules to govern the body for the next two years.
Among members taking the oath of office were five new Republican senators:
- Rosemary Brown (R-40)
- Jarrett Coleman (R-16)
- Frank Farry (R-6)
- Tracy Pennycuick (R-24)
- Greg Rothman (R-34)
Republican senators sworn in after being re-elected are:
- Ryan Aument (R-36)
- Lisa Baker (R-20)
- Camera Bartolotta (R-46)
- Michele Brooks (R-50)
- Chris Gebhard (R-48)
- Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28)
- Pat Stefano (R-32)
- Judy Ward (R-30)
The Senate Republican leadership team for 2023-24 is:
- President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39)
- Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41)
- Majority Whip Ryan Aument (R-36)
- Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin (R-13)
- Majority Caucus Chair Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-28)
- Majority Caucus Secretary Camera Bartolotta (R-46)
- Majority Caucus Administrator Lisa Baker (R-20)
- Majority Policy Committee Chair Dan Laughlin (R-49)
The Senate will return to voting session Monday, Jan. 9. Still to come are announcements of committee chairs and member committee assignments for 2023-24.
Voters gave Senate Republicans a 28-22 majority in the November 2022 General Election.