What will happen to Scott Wagner’s Senate seat following his resignation?

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State Senator Scott Wagner stepping down to focus on the Governor’s race, but what will happen with his vacant seat?

“We thought the decision by Senator Wagner was laudable,” Senate Republican Spokeswoman Jennifer Kocher says, applauding Scott Wagner on his decision to step down from the Pennsylvania Senate.  In a statement, the Republican Gubernatorial Candidate said he wants to focus on his campaign to unseat Governor Tom Wolf in November. 

Kocher says, “He needed to focus elsewhere.  He thought he could do a greater good, it’s admirable that he took that step, took that step back from a job he obviously loved”.

Democrats, however, striking a harsher tone.  A spokesperson for the Wolf Campaign saying, “Scott Wagner’s decision to resign one month before the budget deadline proves that he is the very worst of Harrisburg.  Scott Wagner is only interested in furthering his own political ambitions”.

So, what happens to his soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat?  The State Constitution calls for a special election.  It’s up to the Lieutenant Governor on whether that will take place before or during the General Election in November.  That decision has yet to be made.  Senator Wagner’s decision to leave becomes official next week.

Kocher says, “We appreciated his time here. We felt that his service brought a lot of service to our caucus, and wish him the best of luck.”

And, Senator Wagner will deliver a farewell address on Monday before his resignation takes effect at midnight. 

–Matt Heckel, JET 24 Action News

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