HARRISBURG -- Legislators from western Pennsylvania again will lead both parties in the state House of Representatives.
State lawmakers have returned to session this week to select their caucus leaders for next session and to bid farewell to some departing politicians.
While the legislative session does not officially expire until Nov. 30, top lawmakers announced earlier this fall that they would not hold any post-election votes.
House Republicans, who maintained majority control in that chamber with at least 110 members, again will put forward Rep. Sam Smith of Jefferson County for speaker and chose Rep. Mike Turzai as caucus leader.
Democrats selected Rep. Frank Dermody of Oakmont as minority leader for the second session in a row.
All of the returning legislators who held leadership posts again will fill those slots in the two-year session that begins on Jan. 1.
Democrats also elected two new members to vacant posts: Ron Waters of Philadelphia for caucus secretary, and Neal Goodman of Schuylkill County for caucus administrator. They replace retiring lawmakers from Harrisburg and Allentown.
The House Democratic caucus leadership also includes Reps. Joe Markosek of Monroeville as the ranking member on the Appropriations Committee, Mike Hanna of Clinton County as whip, Dan Frankel of Squirrel Hill as caucus chairman and Mike Sturla of Lancaster County as policy committee chairman.
The Republican leadership team includes Reps. Bill Adolph of Delaware County as Appropriations chairman, Stan Saylor of York County as whip, Sandra Major of Susquehanna County as caucus chairwoman, Mike Vereb of Montgomery County as caucus secretary, Richard Stevenson of Mercer County as caucus administrator and Dave Reed of Indiana County as policy committee chairman.
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