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Rep. Benninghoff Elected Pa. House Majority Leader

by on June 22, 2020 7:01 PM

State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff was elected majority leader for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday, making the Bellefonte Republican the No. 2 leader in the GOP-controlled chamber.

The majority leaders of both halves of the General Assembly now come from Centre County, with state Sen. Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, holding the post in the Senate since 2015.

Benninghoff, who had been majority whip since 2019, succeeds Brian Cutler, R-Lancaster County, who was elected to serve as Speaker of the House. Cutler replaces Mike Turzai, who resigned last week to take a private industry job.

"I am absolutely humbled by [my peers'] support and grateful for the opportunity to lead, but most importantly, for the opportunity to serve," Benninghoff said in a statement. "It is no secret that we are in challenging times right now as a state and as a nation, and I covet your prayers for greater wisdom, understanding and cooperation.If we work together to find solutions to the challenges we face, I truly believe that our best days as a Commonwealth are ahead of us."

Benninghoff is in his 12th term representing the 171st district, which includes parts of Centre and Mifflin counties.

Prior to becoming majority whip last year, he served two terms as chair of House Majority Policy Committee and previously chaired the finance and state government committees.

Corman congratulated Benninghoff in a statement on Monday afternoon.

“Kerry’s story is one of hard work and dedication that includes overcoming hardship to achieve great things,"  Corman said. "Over the years, Kerry has worked to build relationships with his colleagues. As a result, they respect his leadership and ability to move Pennsylvania forward – just as I do. From day one in Harrisburg, I have worked closely with Kerry to serve the people of Centre County. I look forward to using that strong relationship to help guide Pennsylvania into the future.”

A State College Area High School graduate, Benninghoff was elected to two terms as Centre County coroner before his election to the state House in 1996.

He will be seeking his 13th term in the House in November's election, when he will be challenged by College Township Democrat Peter Buck.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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