Pennsylvania House Democrats expand majority with special election, Republican deployed

(WHTM)– Democrats in the Pennsylvania House have a larger majority these days.

Jim Prokopiak, a Bucks County Democrat, was sworn in Monday after winning a February special election to replace John Galloway, who was a local judicial seat last November.

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Prokopiak’s win now gives House Dems a 102-to-99 voting edge over Republicans in Harrisburg.

One Republican House member, Joe Adams of Pike County, resigned in February citing health issues.

Another Republican House member, Joe Kerwin of Dauphin County, is currently deployed. According to his State House website, Kerwin has served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for a decade and is a Captain with the 56th Stryker Brigade.

According to the Pennsylvania National Guard Facebook, members of the 56th Stryker Brigade are deployed in support of the Combined Joint Task Force in the Horn of Africa.

House Democrats won back the house last year for the first time in over a decade.

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