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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Pennsylvania House of Representatives elected state Rep. Joanna McClinton as speaker of the House, making her the first woman and second Black legislator to ever serve in this role. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Today history was made with Rep. Joanna McClinton’s election as speaker of the Pennsylvania state House. McClinton is the first woman to hold this position in the Commonwealth’s 235-year history, and we know that she will lead the House with the same tenacity and dedication that have defined her career. We offer our congratulations to Speaker McClinton, and we look forward to seeing all that she will accomplish in this new role.”
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