Scarnati Re-Elected to
Serve as Senate President Pro Tempore
8, 2014- Hanson Quickel
– Today State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) was sworn in as President Pro Tempore
of the Pennsylvania Senate for 2014.
is the eighth time Senate colleagues have elected Senator Scarnati to the
third-highest constitutional office in the Commonwealth. The Honorable
Justice Thomas G. Saylor administered the Oath of Office.
being sworn-in as President Pro Tempore, Senator Scarnati offered remarks on
major legislative issues that lie ahead for the Senate in 2014.
explained that one of the largest tasks this year will be to complete
have confidence that the Senate will be a leader in ensuring our state budget
is balanced in a responsible manner, while working hard to find a solution that
will allow us to increase funding for our public schools, institutions of
higher education and programs that help the elderly and our most needy
citizens,” Scarnati stated.
choices we make will be many, but the largest cost impacting our budget in the
coming years will be that of pensions – an issue that must be addressed by this
body,” Scarnati continued. “Pennsylvania residents have spoken and have
clearly shown that they expect us to move our state pension system in line with
that of the private sector.”
noted that focusing on economic growth and job creation remains a paramount
issue for the Senate.
taxpayers in poll after poll point to jobs and the economy as their major
concern facing our state,” Scarnati said. “Over the past several years we
have worked hard to provide a climate in our state that allows job creators to
flourish, however there is still much more that can be done.”
2014 it is my pledge to continue to work with my Senate colleagues to make
decisions that will strengthen our communities, provide for family sustaining
jobs and ensure Pennsylvania will remain a strong commonwealth for future
Senator Scarnati is currently serving his fourth term
in the Senate. He was born and raised in Brockway, Jefferson County, and
represents the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Cameron, Elk,
Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga and portions of Clearfield and Clinton