Republicans pick Rep. Saylor to chair House Appropriations

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A veteran state representative from York County is in line to lead the powerful Appropriations Committee in the Pennsylvania House for the session that starts in January.

The Republican majority on Tuesday voted behind closed doors to make Stan Saylor chairman of the committee that plays a key role in crafting the annual state budget.

Saylor was first elected to represent a rural and suburban district in 1992. He’s been whip and most recently chaired the Education Committee.

The former Appropriations chair, Rep. Bill Adolph, has retired.

The House Republicans are keeping in place their two top-ranking officers, Speaker Mike Turzai of Allegheny County and Majority Leader Dave Reed of Indiana County.

Republicans expanded their majority in last week’s election, growing from 119 to 122 members in the 203-seat House.

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