Top Pa. State Senator Joe Scarnati Won't Run Again

Feb 12, 2020

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, speaks after Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his budget address for the 2019-20 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg, Pa. Scarnati said Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, that he will not seek re-election. Scarnati is a fifth-term Republican senator from northern Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati tells The Associated Press he will not seek re-election. Scarnati made the announcement Wednesday night. The 58-year-old is a fifth-term Republican senator from Jefferson County in northwestern Pennsylvania. He says he wrestled with the decision but thought it was the right time to step down after 14 years in a job steering a Republican majority through turbulent elections and fights in the Capitol. Scarnati rose quickly, becoming Senate president in 2007 with the endorsement of his predecessor after just six years in the chamber. He said he will remain in his role until the legislative term ends Nov. 30.