Harrisburg – Voters across Pennsylvania strengthened the Republican majority in the state Senate on Tuesday, returning all incumbent Republicans up for re-election and electing three additional Republicans to the chamber.
Senate Republicans will hold a 30-20 majority when the 2015-16 legislation session kicks off in January.
The new members of the Senate Republican Caucus are:
Tom McGarrigle, 26th Senatorial District (portions of Chester and Delaware counties) — Senator-elect McGarrigle is a small business owner who served as Chairman of Delaware County Council.
Pat Stefano, 32nd Senatorial District (Fayette and Somerset counties, and parts of Westmoreland County) — Senator-elect Stefano is a third-generation owner and operator of a family printing company.
Ryan Aument, 36th Senatorial District (Lancaster County) — Senator-elect Aument has served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since being elected in 2010, and previously served as a captain in the U.S. Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Mario Scavello, 40th Senatorial District (portions of Monroe and Northampton counties) — Senator-elect Scavello was previously elected to six terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he most recently chaired the House Labor and Industry Committee.
Camera Bartolotta, 46th Senatorial District (Washington and Greene counties, and parts of Beaver County) — Senator-elect Bartolotta is a small business operator, running the family’s Mon Valley oil-change business.
Michele Brooks, 50th Senatorial District (Crawford and Mercer counties, and portions of Erie and Warren counties) — Prior to being elected to the state House in 2006, Senator-elect Brooks served as vice chairman of the Mercer County Board of Commissioners.
In addition, Pennsylvania voters increased the House Republican majority by 8 seats to a total of 119.