Pa. House Makes Rep. Culter, Speaker; Rep. Benninghoff, Majority Leader; Rep. Oberlander, Whip

Jun 22, 2020

Pennsylvania House Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, addresses the House chamber, Tuesday Jan. 1, 2019, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House has turned to a seven-term Republican member to become its next speaker, elevating him to the chamber's top job a week after his predecessor stepped down in mid-term. The Monday vote for Rep. Bryan Cutler of Lancaster County made him the House's presiding officer, one step up from the job of majority leader, a post he held for nearly two years. After he was sworn in, Cutler spoke of the state's founder, William Penn, as well as the challenges the state currently faces. Republicans elected Rep. Kerry Benninghoff of Centre County to be majority leader, and Rep. Donna Oberlander of Clarion County to be whip.