Rules Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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The Rules 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 shall make recommendations designed to improve and expedite the business and procedure of the House and its committees, and to propose to the House any amendments to the Rules deemed necessary. The committee shall also do all things necessary to fulfill any assignment or duty given to the committee by any resolution, or other rule of the House of Representatives.[1][2]



The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Rules Members, 2013
Democratic members (15)Republican members (18)
Frank Dermody, Democratic ChairMike Turzai, Chair
Dominic CostaWilliam Adolph, Jr.
Dan FrankelMatthew Baker
Neal GoodmanJim Christiana
Michael HannaBrian Ellis
Deberah KulaMauree Gingrich
Joseph MarkosekRobert Godshall
Robert MatzieSeth Grove
Michael McGeehanDick Hess
Phyllis MundyThomas Killion
Brandon NeumanRon Marsico
Cherelle ParkerMark Mustio
P. Michael SturlaTina Pickett
Ronald WatersMike Reese
Jake WheatleyStan Saylor
Mario Scavello
Samuel Smith
Katharine Watson



External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Pennsylvania State Legislature, "House Resolution 1," accessed January 15, 2014(Section 43)
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.