Sen. Yaw Presides Over State Senate as New Session Begins

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) on Tuesday presided over the beginning of a new, two-year session, which included the formal election of Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) as Senate president pro tempore.

“I was honored to preside over the Senate prior to the official election of my friend and colleague, Senator Kim Ward, as the new president pro tempore,” Yaw said. “I am committed to working with my colleagues in the state Capitol to advance policies that will benefit the residents of Pennsylvania.”

Yaw also presided as Ward was sworn in to serve as Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, with outgoing Lt. Gov. John Fetterman being sworn in today in Washington, D.C., as the new junior U.S. senator for the Commonwealth.

Ward will serve as lieutenant governor until Lt. Gov.-elect Austin Davis takes the oath of office with incoming Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The ceremony also saw the Senate adopt operating rules to govern its activity during the 2023-24 session.

“I am excited about the new session and the opportunities it will provide to enact new laws and policies that can help local families,” Yaw said.

Yaw served during the 2021-22 session as chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. He has not yet received his committee assignments for the current session.

For more state-related news and information, constituents can visit Yaw’s website at or follow him on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.

VIDEOS: Yaw presides over Senate as Ward takes oath to become president pro tempore.

VIDEO: Yaw presides over Senate as Ward takes oath to become lieutenant governor.


Media contact: Nick Troutman



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