HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has been selected by his peers to join the House Republican Leadership team by serving as chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee for the remainder of the 2019-20 legislative session.
He is the first member from McKean County to serve on the leadership team since Victor J. Westerberg of Kane, who served as minority policy committee chairman in the 1975-76 session.
“I came to the state House to give our rural residents and communities a stronger voice at the state Capitol, and that will always be my top priority,” Causer said. “Joining the ranks of our leadership team puts me in an even better position to work with fellow lawmakers to address the many issues and challenges we are facing in the Northern Tier, as well as across the Commonwealth.”
The Majority Policy Committee is made up of all members of the Republican Caucus and is charged with helping to examine an array of issues identified as top priorities by lawmakers. The information gathered by the committee through hearings, informational meetings and on-site visits helps to drive the caucus’ policy agenda for the session.
Causer has spent most of the last eight years in a leadership role for the House, serving as chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee since the 2015-16 session and prior to that as chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee in the 2013-14 session.
The leadership position came open as a result of the retirement of former House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) earlier this month. Today, the state House elected Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), who had been serving as majority leader this session, to the role of speaker. Additional changes in the House Republican Caucus’ leadership ranks include Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) as majority leader and Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) as majority whip. Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) retains his position, as does Caucus Chair Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery), Caucus Secretary Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset) and Caucus Administrator Kurt Masser (R-Northumberland/Columbia/Montour).
Causer has served as representative for the 67th Legislative District since 2003.
Representative Martin T. Causer
Pennsylvania House of Representatives