Kim Ward, the GOP’s majority chief of Pennsylvania’s state Senate, will turn into the primary lady to function the chamber’s highest-ranking member, Republicans mentioned Tuesday.
Republicans chosen Ward to function interim president professional tempore whereas the Senate is out of session in December. She is on observe to be elected by the chamber’s members as president professional tempore when the subsequent two-year legislative session begins in January.
Ward, 66, of Westmoreland County, grew to become the primary feminine majority chief within the chamber final yr and underwent surgical procedure for breast most cancers whereas main the caucus. She was first elected in 2008, when she was a Westmoreland County commissioner, and is serving her fourth time period.
Republicans will return in January with a 28-22 majority within the chamber. Democrats picked up one seat within the midterm elections. The 50-member chamber could have six new faces to interchange members who have been crushed or determined towards operating once more.
She is going to succeed Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre, who’s ending a 24-year profession within the Senate after a failed run for governor this yr.
Freshman Sen. Joe Pittman, R-Indiana, was elected by the caucus to succeed Ward because the GOP’s majority flooring chief. Pittman, 45, was a longtime Senate aide earlier than he ran in 2019 to succeed his retiring boss, Sen. Don White.
Democrats reelected Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, as minority flooring chief. Costa, 64, was first elected to the Senate in 1996 and have become minority chief in 2011.