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In Pa. House, Democrats from Philly and suburbs gain political muscle

November 14, 2018

Shown is the Pennsylvania Capitol building in Harrisburg, Pa., Monday, July 10, 2017. Matt Rourke / AP

By Staff

HARRISBURG – After nearly a decade of being largely shut out of leadership positions, lawmakers from Philadelphia and its suburbs will soon be flexing political muscle in Democratic circles in the House of Representatives.

On Tuesday, three Philadelphia legislators were elected to leadership spots in the House’s Democratic caucus. Rep. Jordan Harris will be the caucus’ new whip – the number two leader whose job is to persuade members to vote on bills important to the party. Rep. Joanna McClinton was chosen to be the caucus chair, and Rep. Rosita Youngblood was reelected to be its secretary.

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