Pennsylvania Legislative Latino Caucus praises the selection of McClinton as new House Speaker

HARRISBURG, March 7 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Latino Caucus released the following statement to congratulate Speaker Joanna McClinton on her election as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“Joanna McClinton has been a champion for our Latino communities across our great commonwealth; as Speaker of the House, she will continue to uplift and expand Latino voices at the table. I’m proud to have a fighter on our side,” said the Pennsylvania Legislative Latino Caucus’s Chairman Rep. Danilo Burgos. 

 “We are looking forward to a great collaboration ahead and remarkable achievements when it comes to curbing gun violence, improving health care, and providing affordable housing among other topics. McClinton’s speech embodies our mission, values, and commitment to our community.

“Speaker McClinton has paved the way for future Speakers. Her work has already opened the door to diversity and to inclusion. This is a historic triumph,”  Burgos said.

McClinton has been a trailblazer, making history in 2018 when she was elected the first African American woman as House Democratic Caucus Chair.

In 2020, she was the first woman elected as House Democratic Leader in the institution’s 244-year history. In December, she became the first woman to serve as Majority Leader in the Pennsylvania House.