Dem and GOP reps both declare leadership of PA House –


(NewsNation) — With both parties declaring the majority, a fight for control of the Pennsylvania State House is under way. A Democrat and a Republican state representative are declaring themselves the majority leader and claiming they are representing the party in charge.

Democrats technically won more Statehouse seats in Pennsylvania by just one seat, in theory, making it 102 to 101. But one of the state representatives who won died in October, a month before the election. There was reportedly not enough time to take his name off the ballot, so he still won. Then, two other Democratic state representatives who won reelection later resigned because they were elected to a higher office.

Some Republican lawmakers in the state believe those vacancies flipped the balance of power, giving them the majority, 101 to 99. But Democrats say not so fast, voters want Democratic lawmakers filling those seats.

Why does it matter? The stakes are high in the state on many issues from abortion to voting laws. Whichever party controls the House majority will have the upper hand in deciding if certain proposed amendments make it to a statewide vote.

Neither side is backing down. Each party held swearing in ceremonies.

Democrats swore in Rep. Joanna McClinton as majority leader and acting speaker. House Republicans swore in Representative Bryan Cutler.


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