New Pa. House Republican Leaders speak to issues for 2023-24 Legislative Session 

Ed Gruver//November 28, 2022

New Pa. House Republican Leaders speak to issues for 2023-24 Legislative Session 

Ed Gruver//November 28, 2022

Continuing to advocate for issues in their respective districts as well as statewide, Representatives Joshua Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), Tim O’Neal (R-Washington), and Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), were elected by their peers last week for leadership roles in the Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus in Harrisburg. 

Leadership elections were held at the state Capitol and included all returning House Republican lawmakers, along with 23 new members. 

Kail was chosen to lead the House GOP Policy Committee. As chairman, he will conduct hearings on key issues, gather testimony and information from important stakeholders, and team with colleagues in the House Republican Caucus to identify critical issues and develop policies to address them. Crucial issues addressed by the Policy Committee in recent years include emergency medical services, job creation, and rural broadband accessibility. 

Kail said in a statement that he is humbled to have the support of colleagues to take on his important role. “For years, we have been visiting communities across Pennsylvania to receive vital information from real people on the short- and long-term issues they face such as crippling inflation and the rise in crime. It takes a team effort to help guide Pennsylvania in the right direction, and I look forward to the work ahead to ensure the people’s voices are heard in Harrisburg.” 

Elected Republican whip for the 2023-24 Legislative Session, O’Neal will be responsible for tracking House votes and informing his Republican colleagues of upcoming issues and legislation. He currently serves on the Appropriations, Environmental Resources and Energy, Insurance, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees. 

“It is an honor to be chosen by my peers to help lead the caucus for the next two years,” O’Neal said in a statement. “I’m ready to get to work helping to continue to make the Commonwealth a place where people want to live and work. I look forward to helping to guide our caucus in a mission to uphold fiscal responsibility, limited government and policies that promote strong communities.” 

O’Neal will begin his third full term in January. He was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Republicans following a May 2018 special election. As a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, O’Neal served on active duty following his graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and served a tour in Afghanistan. He rose to the rank of captain and while in combat was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” for valor. 

Delozier was elected to serve as Caucus Administrator. She will oversee the operation of the Printing and Motor Licensing departments, as well as assigning member offices, coordinating office moves, and managing parking resources for the caucus. 

“As the Caucus Administrator, I will undertake responsibilities to ensure the Caucus can work effectively and efficiently,” she said in a statement. “It is my goal to continue the good work of the Printing and Motor Licensing departments to serve our Pennsylvania residents. 

“Our new leadership team is made up of many different backgrounds. I look forward to working closely with this group.” 

Along with Delozier, O’Neal, and Kail, the new leadership team will consist of House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), Appropriations Chairman Seth Grove (R-York), Caucus Chairman George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland), and Caucus Secretary Martina White (R-Philadelphia). 

The work of the House Republican team will begin in January with the start of the 2023-24 Legislative Session.