Western Montgomery Politicians Take Oaths at Capitol

From left at top, western Montgomery County state Reps. Joe Ciresi, Tracy Pennycuick, and Joe Webster

HARRISBURG PA – Western Montgomery County lawmakers arrived Tuesday (Jan. 5, 2021) at the state Capitol to take their oaths of office at noon for the new 2021-2022 legislative term, in a series of ceremonies that often is referred to as “Picture Day” because of the publicity photos taken to promote the politicians.

Representing the county’s western portion in the state Senate are:

Bob Mensch, Republican in the 24th District, representing all or parts of Douglass (Montgomery), Upper and Lower Frederick, Upper and Lower Salford, Marlborough, New Hanover, Perkiomen, Salford, Skippack, Towamencin, Upper Hanover, and Upper and West Pottsgrove townships, and East Greenville, Green Lane, Lansdale, Pennsburg, Pottstown, Red Hill, Schwenksville, and Trappe boroughs; and

Katie Muth, Democrat in the 44th District, representing all or parts of Limerick, Lower Pottsgrove, Upper and Lower Providence, West Norriton, and Worcester townships, and Collegeville and Royersford boroughs.

Representing the area in the state House of Representatives are:

Joe Ciresi, Democrat in the 146th Legislative District, representing all or parts of Limerick, Lower Pottsgrove and Perkiomen townships, and Pottstown, Royersford and Trappe boroughs;

Tim Hennessey, Republican in the 26th Legislative District, representing all or parts of Pottstown, North and East Coventry, East Vincent townships, Pottstown borough, and other municipalities farther south in Chester County;

Joe Webster, Democrat in the 146th Legislative District, representing all or parts of Upper and Lower Providence, Skippack, and West Norriton townships, and Collegeville borough;

Tracy Pennycuick, Republican in the 147th Legislative District, representing all or parts of West and Upper Pottsgrove, Douglass (Montgomery), New Hanover, Upper and Lower Frederick, and Upper and Lower Salford townships, and Schwenksville and Green Lane boroughs;

Milou Mackenzie, Republican in the 131st Legislative District, representing all or parts of Upper Hanover township, and East Greenville, Pennsburg, Red Hill boroughs, as well as other municipalities in Northampton and Lehigh counties; and

Steven Malagari, Democrat in the 53rd Legislative District, representing Salford township and other municipalities in northern Montgomery County.

The House begins the session with 113 Republican seats and 90 Democratic, although one of those GOP districts is vacant. Republicans hold at least 28 seats in the Senate, although there is continuing litigation over the razor-close reelection margin for Democratic Sen. Jim Brewster of Allegheny County.

There is also one independent, Luzerne County Sen. John Yudichak, a former Democrat who caucuses with Republicans.

Along with a pandemic-driven, multibillion-dollar budget gap, legislators this year will also have to figure out how to redraw congressional district lines based on new census results that are expected to cut one member of Congress from Pennsylvania’s 18-member delegation.

Later this year, the four caucus leaders will also begin redrawing General Assembly lines with participation from a fifth member they can select. If they remain deadlocked on the fifth member, as is likely, the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court will chose the tie-breaking member for them.

Photos (at top) supplied by the officeholders