Republican leaders in the Senate congratulate Culver on winning Tuesday’s special election

HARRISBURG — Sen. President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) and Sen. Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) today congratulated current state representative and newly elected Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) who won a special election on Tuesday to fill the vacancy left by the departure of former Senator John Gmapper.

“We are pleased to welcome Senator-elect Culver and look forward to working with her to advance policies and proposals that help families in Pennsylvania,” Ward said. “Lynda’s experience of serving in the House of Representatives and her unmatched work ethic will be a real asset to the Senate.”

Once sworn in, Culver will give Republicans a 28-22 seat majority in the Senate.

“State Senator-elect Culver is a welcome addition to our growing majority, and we expect her to hit the ground running,” Pittman said. “She understands the legislative process, knows the importance of working together to achieve a common goal, and has worked hard to earn the trust of the people in the district she will serve.”

Culver is serving her seventh term in the House of Representatives, which represents the people of the 108th district. Before being elected to the House of Representatives, she was Human Resources Director in the office of former Rep. Merle Phillips (R-108) for more than 20 years.

She will step down from her seat in the House of Representatives before being sworn in to serve in the Senate. Culver is expected to be sworn into the Senate when he returns to the session, currently scheduled for the last week of February.

“I am excited about this new opportunity to serve the people of our region,” said Culver. “I’m honored by the support I’ve received from people over the past 27 yearsth District. I am committed to working with my colleagues to advance laws and policies that create more and better opportunities for workers, businesses and families across our Commonwealth.”

Culver will serve out the remainder of the tenure of former Sen. Gmapper, who resigned late last year to accept a position in the office of President Pro Tempore Ward. Culver’s term in the Senate runs through November 2024.

The 27th District includes all of Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, and Snyder counties and a portion of Luzerne County, including the communities of Black Creek, Butler, Conyngham, Dorrance, Fairview, Hollenback, Huntington, Nescopeck, Rice, Salem, Slocum, Sugarloaf, and Wright . and the counties of Conyngham, Nescdeck, New Columbus, Nuangola, and Shickshinny.

For more information about Culver and the 27th District, visit

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