Appropriations Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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The Appropriations Committee is a standing committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Per Section 43 of the House Rules, committees of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are appointed by the Committee on Committees. The Committee on Committees is made up of the Speaker of the House, and 15 members of the House, ten of which shall be members of the majority party and five that are members of the minority party. The purpose of this committee is to recommend to the House the members that will serve on the standing committees.[1] The rules do not specify when or how often committees are assigned. It is the duty of the Speaker of the House to appoint the chair and vice-chair for all standing committees that have no subcommittees, except the Appropriations Committee which shall have a vice-chair appointed by the Speaker. The Speaker of the House shall appoint a secretary for each standing committee. The Minority Leader shall appoint the minority chair, minority vice-chair and minority secretary for each standing committee.[1] The Speaker of the House, the Majority Floor Leader and the Minority Floor Leader shall be ex-officio members of all standing committees, but have no voting rights and are not counted for purposes in determining quorum.[1]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Resolution 1


The Committee on Appropriations shall have the power to issue subpoenas under the hand and seal of its chair commanding any person to appear before it and answer questions touching matters properly being inquired into by the committee, which matters shall include data from any fund administered by the Commonwealth, and to produce such books, papers, records, documents and data and information produced and stored by any electronic data processing system as the committee deems necessary. Such subpoenas may be served upon any person and shall have the force and effect of subpoenas issued out of the courts of this Commonwealth. Any person who willfully neglects or refuses to testify before the committee or to produce any books, papers, records, documents or data and information produced and stored by any electronic data processing system shall be subject to the penalties provided by the laws of the Commonwealth in such case. Each member of the committee shall have power to administer oaths and affirmations to witnesses appearing before the committee. The committee may also cause the deposition of witnesses either residing within or without the State to be taken in the manner prescribed by law for taking depositions in civil actions.[2][3]


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2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Appropriations Members, 2015
Democratic members (15)Republican members (22)
Joseph Markosek, Democratic ChairWilliam Adolph, Chair
Matthew BradfordKaren Boback
Tim BriggsJim Christiana
Michelle BrownleeGary Day
Mike CarrollGeorge Dunbar
Scott ConklinGarth Everett
Mary Jo DaleyGlen Grell
Madeleine DeanSeth Grove
Maria DonatucciWarren Kampf
Edward GaineyThomas Killion
John GallowayJim Marshall
Stephen KinseyKurt Masser
Michael O'Brien, Pennsylvania RepresentativeDavid Millard
Cherelle ParkerDuane Milne
Kevin SchreiberMark Mustio
Michael Peifer
Jeffrey Pyle
Marguerite Quinn
Curtis Sonney
Mike Vereb
Keith Greiner
Fred Keller


The following table lists committee membership at the beginning of the 2013-2014 legislative session.



The following table lists committee membership at the beginning of the 2009-2010 legislative session. Katie True later replaced Ronald Miller. Mario Civera, Jr. resigned in April 2010; William Adolph replaced him as chairman.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pennsylvania State Legislature, "House Resolution 1," accessed January 15, 2014(Section 43)
  2. Pennsylvania State Legislature, "House Resolution 1," accessed January 15, 2014(Section 45)
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.