Lawmakers return to Harrisburg for swearing-in ceremonies

 The Pennsylvania House is expected to elect Rep. Mike Turzai as its Speaker Tuesday. (AP file photo)

The Pennsylvania House is expected to elect Rep. Mike Turzai as its Speaker Tuesday. (AP file photo)

Pennsylvania House and Senate lawmakers are returning to Harrisburg Tuesday for their swearing-in ceremonies.

Senate lawmakers will elect the Senate President Pro Tem, designated to be Joe Scarnati, who held the post last session.

 

The House is slated to elect Mike Turzai as speaker.

Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield, has prepared a speech to nominate the former majority leader to the chamber’s top slot.

“I’ll be giving a little bit of a perspective on the history of the House, the history of the speakership being the oldest constitutional statewide office in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Gabler said.

The midday ceremonies also require both chambers to adopt rules and meet for a joint session to certify the results of the gubernatorial election.

After-parties in the caucus rooms are paid for with a combination of campaign funds and other donations, legislative aides say.

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