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Retirements, resignations and more: These are all the Pa. lawmakers who won’t be back in 2021

By: - June 18, 2020 12:29 pm

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A million years ago —okay, last fall — the Capital-Star started tracking what seemed like a plethora of retirements in the state House and Senate ahead of the 2020 election season.

Months later, with a primary, some resignations, and not least of all, the COVID-19 pandemic, changing the state’s political topography, we’ve updated our map to include primary losers and some recent departures from the General Assembly.

Many thanks to Capital-Star Staff Reporter Stephen Caruso who did the work. You can mouse over the map below for fully updated information.

First up, the House:

And the Senate:


All told, 26 lawmakers are leaving office in both chambers. They include both House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson. Turzai, after announcing plans to retire this winter, resigned from office on June 15. Of them, six lost in the June 2 primary, all Democrats.

Two of the lawmakers leaving aren’t going far for their new jobs, though. Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, and Rep. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, each won their respective primaries to represent open Senate seats.

Comitta will run to replace Sen. Andrew Dinniman, D-Chester in a suburban Philly district. Dush will likely replace Scarnati in a deep red north-central Pennsylvania district.

Open seats, particularly in the suburbs, will likely be battlegrounds in fall between Republicans hoping to defend and expand their majorities, and Democrats hoping to wrest control of the General Assembly.

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