APC continues to monitor the political situation in the PA General Assembly and how it may affect the highway construction industry. Some things have become more clear over the past few weeks but some things still remain unsettled.
We do know the results of the Nov. 8 General Election. We know that the PA Senate will remain in GOP control with a 28-22 advantage. We expect Senator Wayne Langerholc (R-Bedford/Cambria/Clearfield) to remain Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee for the upcoming 2023 legislative session. Langerholc has been a strong advocate for the highway construction industry since becoming chairman in 2020. Senator Marty Flynn (D-Lackawanna) will likely remain as the Senate Minority Transportation Chairman.
While we do know the results of some close House races in Montgomery and Bucks counties, we do not know how the House will govern itself at this moment in time. It appears that both the Republicans and Democrats each have 101 elected members with one vacancy. That seat (the 32rd legislative district in Allegheny County) became vacant when Rep. Tony DeLuca, a democrat, died in office but was posthumously elected to the House last month. A special election has been called for February 7 to fill that vacancy. The outcome of this election will determine which party will take that slim 102 to 101 advantage and take control of the PA House for the upcoming 2023 legislative session.
We also don’t yet know who will become the new House Transportation Committee Chairs. The current chairman, Rep. Tim Hennessey, was defeated in his re-election campaign last month and minority Chairman Mike Carroll retired and did not seek re-election. So, we know new chairs will be in place. APC has learned that several names have risen to the surface as possible chairs which include Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (Centre County), Rep. Tina Pickett (Bradford/Wyoming County), and Rep. Jim Marshall (Beaver County) for the Republicans; and Rep. Ed Neilson (Philadelphia County), Rep. Mike Sturla (Lancaster County), and Rep. Steve Samuelson (Northampton) for the Democrats. We expect chairpersons to be announced by their party’s leaders as early as mid-December.
APC will continue to provide updates as we learn more.