Harris names deputy whips for 2019-20 legislative session

HARRISBURG, Jan. 8 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., today named Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene, as deputy whips for the 2019-20 legislative session.

“I’m looking forward to working with my team of deputy whips as we prepare to hit the ground running next week when we gavel in for our first full session week,” Harris said. “Their experience and relationships with other caucus members will be instrumental in helping us operate efficiently and I’m excited to move forward with them.”

The whip is considered the second-in-command in the caucus and is responsible for making sure that Democratic members attend session and generally understand the specifics of legislation and procedural votes in the House. Harris previously named Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, and Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., as chief deputy whips, and Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila, as assistant whip.

The deputy whips serve to assist the whip on the House floor in ensuring members are present for votes and in tallying support prior to a vote.

Austin Davis is beginning his second term representing the 35th Legislative District following a special election victory in January 2018.

“I’m honored to have been chosen by Whip Harris to be a deputy whip and help work together to further the Democratic ideals we all support,” Austin Davis said. “Our team’s diversity and experience will allow us to ensure all voices are being heard and I look forward to starting this new opportunity.”

Snyder was first elected in 2012 to represent the 50th Legislative District after serving as a Greene County commissioner for nine years.

“I’m excited to have an opportunity to serve with Whip Harris and our leadership team as we continue working to make a difference in people’s lives, and move Pennsylvania forward,” Snyder said. “I look forward to working together to meet the great challenges we face across the commonwealth.”

Tina Davis was first elected to represent the 141st Legislative District in 2010.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to work with Whip Harris and all of leadership to move Pennsylvania forward,” Tina Davis said. “I believe we’ll all work well together to achieve the goals of the Democratic Caucus and I’m appreciative Whip Harris is giving me the opportunity to help us succeed.”

DeLissio, first elected to represent the 194th District in 2010, has served on numerous standing committees and special-interest caucuses during her tenure.

“I look forward to serving in this role as deputy whip,” DeLissio said. “A solid process is integral to the success of any group or organization and I look forward to contributing to the success of our caucus through this role. 

Flynn, first elected to represent the 113th Legislative District in 2012, has previously served as vice chair of the Policy Committee.

“It’s an honor to be asked to work with Whip Harris and this diverse team of deputy whips to help accomplish our goals this session,” Flynn said. “I’m excited to have this opportunity to fight for what my constituents and so many Pennsylvanians want, including property tax relief and fair funding for our school districts.”

Kim was first elected to represent the 103rd Legislative District in 2012 and previously served as vice co-chair of the Southeast Delegation and treasurer for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.

“The Democratic House Caucus has a plan to improve the everyday lives of families,” Kim said. “Representative Harris is bringing new ideas and a different strategy, which will help move our priorities forward, and I’m ready and excited to serve in this important role.”

Harris has represented the 186th District in Philadelphia since first being elected to the House in 2012. He previously chaired the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and will be the first African-American to serve as whip since Rep. K. Leroy Irvis in the 1970s.