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Pennsylvania General Assembly
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Coat of arms
Houses Senate
House of Representatives
Term limits
Founded May 5, 1682 (1682-05-05)
Preceded by Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly
New session started
January 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
John Fetterman (D)
Since January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)
President pro tempore of the Senate
Jake Corman (R)
Since January 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)
Speaker of the House
Bryan Cutler (R)
Since June 22, 2020 (2020-06-22)
Seats 253
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Senate political groups
Majority caucus

Minority caucus

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House political groups
Majority caucus

Minority caucus

Length of term
Senate: 4 years
House: 2 years
Salary $88,610/year + per diem
State Representatives
Senate last election
November 3, 2020 (2020-11-03)
(odd-numbered districts)
House last election
November 3, 2020 (2020-11-03)
Senate next election
November 8, 2022 (2022-11-08)
(even-numbered districts)
House next election
November 8, 2022 (2022-11-08)
Redistricting politician commission
Virtue, Liberty and Independence
Meeting place
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Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg
Constitution of Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is the legislature of Pennsylvannia. It has two parts: the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (lower house) and the Pennsylvania State Senate (upper house). Before this legislature started, there was the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly. This was unicameral, which means it had only one house. It has been called the general assembly since 1776, and has been bicameral (has two houses) since 1791.

Both houses meet in the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They are both controlled by the Republican Party as of 2020.


Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Speaker of the House of Representatives: Bryan Cutler (R)

Majority Party (R) Leadership Position Minority Party (D)
Kerry Benninghoff Floor Leader Joanna McClinton
Donna Oberlander Whip Jordan Harris
Mike Reese Caucus Chairperson Dan Miller
Martina White Caucus Secretary Tina Davis
Stan Saylor Appropriations Committee Chairperson Matt Bradford
Kurt Masser Caucus Administrator Mike Schlossberg
Martin Causer Policy Committee Chairperson Ryan Bizzarro

Pennsylvania State Senate

President pro tem of the Senate: Jake Corman (R)

Majority Party (R) Leadership Position Minority Party (D)
Kim Ward Floor Leader Jay Costa
John Gordner Whip Anthony H. Williams
Bob Mensch Caucus Chairperson Wayne Fontana
Ryan P. Aument Caucus Secretary
Pat Browne Appropriations Committee Chairperson Vincent Hughes
Caucus Administrator Lisa Boscola
Dave Argall Policy Committee Chairperson John Blake

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