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Longtime state Rep. Stan Saylor has been chosen to lead the powerful House Appropriations Committee, according to the Associated Press.

The Windsor Township Republican, who was re-elected to his 13th term last week, had expressed a desire to The York Dispatch in October to receive this appointment because it will allow him to play a key role in crafting the state's annual budget.

Saylor — who will be replacing retiring Rep. Bill Adolph, R-Springfield — could not immediately be reached for comment on the appointment.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, said Saylor had prevailed against four others who had indicated they wanted the job. Reed and House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, retained their leadership spots.

Saylor was first elected to represent the 94th House District — a mixed rural and suburban area that includes Red Lion, Lower Windsor Township, Felton and Delta — in 1992. He has served as whip and most recently chaired the Education Committee.

He did not serve on the Appropriations Committee last year, though local Reps. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, and Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, did. Schreiber is leaving his seat, which will be filled in January by fellow Democrat Carol Hill-Evans.

State Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The new Republican legislative majorities are the largest of any political party in modern Pennsylvania history.

In January, the House GOP will seat 122 members, the largest majority of either party in the chamber in 60 years. In the Senate, the GOP will seat the biggest majority of either side in almost 70 years, since the 1949-50 session.

House Democrats also are holding leadership elections following several elections in which their numbers have dwindled.

In the Senate, Republicans and Democrats plan to pick their leaders Wednesday. The GOP also expanded its control of the 50-member Senate in last week’s voting from 31 seats to 34.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.

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