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Special election set for seat Ellis quit amid investigation

March 20, 2019

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in a western Pennsylvania state House district will pick a replacement during the spring primary for Rep. Brian Ellis, who recently quit while under investigation for a sexual assault allegation.

Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai on Wednesday scheduled the special election to fill Ellis’ Butler County seat for May 21.

The parties will pick candidates, and the winner will hold the seat through 2020.

Ellis resigned Monday, a week after a woman filed a formal complaint with the House that alleges Ellis sexually assaulted her in 2015.

Ellis hasn’t been charged with a crime and his lawyers declined comment. Ellis is a Republican who was in his eighth term.

Republicans are in the state House majority with 110 members. Democrats hold 93 seats.