Lindsay Powell sworn in as District 21 rep, giving Pa. Dems a one-vote House majority

BY: - October 2, 2023

Lindsay Powell took office as state representative of the 21st District on Monday, making official the results of a Sept. 19 special election that tipped the balance of power in the Pennsylvania House back to Democrats. “I’m honored and excited to hit the ground running in my new role as a state representative,” Powell said […]

The Capital-Star’s guide to resignations, retirements and special elections in Pa. Legislature

BY: - August 24, 2023

[This article was updated at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.] One-third of the way through the 2023-24 legislative session, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has had almost as many special elections as it had in the entirety of the previous session. And the legislative round of musical chairs will continue next month, as […]

The floor of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

With the Pa. House and more at stake, the race to replace a disgraced DelCo lawmaker is heated

BY: - May 9, 2023

A special election for a legislative seat in the Philadelphia suburbs would normally be a quiet affair, but with control of the Pennsylvania House at stake, the campaign to replace former state Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, is unusually intense. Zabel resigned in March after several women accused him of sexual harassment. The House Democrats’ narrow […]

Special elections on primary day will fill two Pa. House seats; meet the candidates

BY: - April 17, 2023

Voters in two Pennsylvania House districts will choose representatives next month to fill vacant seats, bringing the chamber to its full complement of 203 lawmakers for the first time in this year’s session.

State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Philadelphia, speaks at a news conference at the state Capitol on Monday, March 29, 2022 (Capital-Star photo).

House ethics panel prepares to take complaints as lawmaker accused of harassment officially resigns

BY: - March 16, 2023

A special election for former Democratic Rep. Mike Zabel's Delaware County seat is set for primary day on May 16.

Democrats secure House majority with victories in Allegheny County special elections

BY: and - February 7, 2023

'It’s going to be a really tough legislative environment for two years, no doubt,' Penn State professor Dan Mallinson said.

Special elections in Allegheny County could determine path forward for deadlocked General Assembly

BY: - February 2, 2023

[*This article was updated at 4:31 p.m. on Thursday, 2/2/2023, to include additional comment from Republican 32nd district nominee Clayton Walker.] Voters in Allegheny County will choose state representatives in three legislative districts in special elections on Tuesday. The outcome of the races could determine control of the state House and end the partisan gridlock […]

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Dems shake the money tree ahead of Feb. 7 special elections | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 1, 2023

With control of the House on the line, Democrats warn of the consequences of a GOP majority.


What W.Pa. voters need to know ahead of the Feb. 7 Special Election for the House

BY: - January 23, 2023

The open seats were previously held by former state Reps. Austin Davis and Summer Lee, who won higher offices in the November general election, and the late state Rep. Anthony DeLuca, who died in October from lymphoma.

Whole-Home Repairs Act Rally held on the Capitol steps on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Court rules state House special elections will be held on Feb. 7

BY: - January 13, 2023

Amid the uncertainty in the state House, Pennsylvanians got a bit of clarity Friday.

Pa. House Democrat’s flip to end leadership limbo stemmed from a GOP leader’s quip

BY: - January 5, 2023

Democratic Rep. Mark Rozzi agreed to become an independent and was elected speaker after a Republican ally told a colleague to "just ask."


Cutler’s power-grab on special elections disenfranchises W. Pa. voters. Here’s why | Marc Stier

BY: - December 19, 2022

The GOP wants to cling to the majority as long as it can to ram through a constitutional amendment attacking abortion rights.