Statement on the Departure of the Speaker of the House of Representatives

(HARRISBURG) – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) issued the following statement regarding the retirement of Speaker Mike Turzai:

“I congratulate Speaker Mike Turzai for his outstanding career in public service. His tireless work over the last two decades has left a tremendous impact upon Pennsylvania and offered strong direction for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. His decision to step aside now to allow for a new leadership team to unify during these challenging times is a testament to his willingness to prioritize the needs of our Commonwealth. 

“For the last five years Speaker Turzai has spearheaded numerous legislative initiatives and we have worked closely together in our respective roles.  It has been a privilege to collaborate with him on issues such as school choice, liquor modernization, protecting the unborn and ensuring that Pennsylvania taxpayers are respected during budget negotiations.  

“I am grateful to call Mike a friend and wish him well in his next endeavor.”


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