Democrats Retain Majority In The PA House

Pennsylvania Democrats secured a slim majority in Harrisburg as a result of the February 13, 2024 special election to fill the vacant seat of former state Rep. John Galloway (D-Bucks). Jim Prokopiak’s election to the Bucks County seat will give Democrats a 102-100 majority in the House.

The fight for a majority stake of the PA House is nothing new during the 2023 – 2024 legislative session. Democrats have kept all six seats that have gone up for special elections in the past 12 months, in mostly reliably Democratic districts. This struggle for majority control of the House makes the current dynamic in Harrisburg one of the most unique in the country.

Earlier this month, another House member, Rep. Joe Adams (R-Pike), announced a resignation for medical reasons. This will provide the House Democrats with a 2-seat majority until a another special election is scheduled this spring to fill Rep. Adams seat. Another Republican lawmaker, State Rep. Joe Kerwin (R., Dauphin), is deployed to East Africa as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Rep. Kerwin cannot vote on bills during his deployment but is still in office which will technically give a 3-seat majority to the Democrats until he returns from service.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives have not conducted any voting (session) days in 2024 due to a leaking roof in the chamber. The House is scheduled to return to a voting session the week of March 17.