(HARRISBURG) — Senate Republicans today elected their leadership team for the 2021-2022 legislative session. The newly elected leadership team will begin serving in their roles on December 1, 2020.
Senator Jake Corman (R-34) has been nominated to serve as Senate President Pro Tempore. The full Senate will vote on Senator Corman’s nomination when it reconvenes in January. As President Pro Tempore, he will be responsible for appointing the chairpersons and members of the standing committees of the Senate. He has served as Majority Leader of the Senate since 2015 and will replace Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), who is retiring at the end of the year.
Senator Kim Ward (R-39) will serve as Senate Majority Leader. Her duties include overseeing the legislative agenda, developing policies and strategies for the Senate Republican Caucus, chairing the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee and playing a key role in floor debates. She will also have a major role in negotiating issues with the Administration and House of Representatives and in supervising action on the Senate floor. She previously served as Majority Caucus Administrator and as the first female chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.
Senator Pat Browne (R-16) will continue to chair the Senate Appropriations Committee, one of the most influential of the standing committees. The committee reviews all legislation for its fiscal impact and plays a crucial role in developing the state budget. Browne is an attorney, a CPA and a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Senator John Gordner (R-27) will remain Majority Whip. His duties include acting as assistant floor leader, working to gain support for legislation and ensuring that Republican policies and strategies are maintained through the cooperative efforts of the majority caucus.
Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) will remain Majority Caucus Chairman for the 2021-2022 legislative session. As chairman he will preside over Republican caucus meetings to discuss bills and amendments and to develop caucus strategy.
As the Senate Majority Caucus Secretary, Senator Ryan Aument (R-36) will oversee all executive nominations submitted to the Senate for confirmation. He will coordinate the review of the background and experience of nominees and ensure that proper documentation is submitted.