Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Stack bids farewell to Senate

Tony Romeo
November 17, 2018 - 10:00 pm
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- Democratic Lieutenant Governor and former Philadelphia state senator Mike Stack this past week said farewell to the Senate, the chamber over which he has presided for the past four years. 

The state Senate returned for one post-election day to elect leaders for the new session and to hear farewells to and from members who won’t be part of that new session. Among them was Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, who lost his primary bid for another term. In the new session, Republicans will still control the Senate, but with a slimmer majority. Before he hung up his gavel for the last time, Stack made an appeal for bi-partisanship.

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“One of the sad ironies that I’ve learned during my career is that it’s often the most reasonable and moderate voices of this chamber that become the most vulnerable," he said. "And it’s been speculated that with these big Democratic victories that somehow, bi-partisanship is going to become even more difficult and progress less likely. I hope this is not the case.”

John Fetterman, Mayor of Braddock in Allegheny County, will preside over the Senate as lieutenant governor when the new session begins in January.