Democrat voted Pennsylvania speaker, foiling GOP hopes


              Sen. Kim Ward takes the oath of office as President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate accompanied by her granddaughter, Josie Jane Ward, holding the bible, in Harrisburg, Pa., Jan. 3, 2023. (Mark Pynes/The Patriot-News via AP)
            
              Sen. Kim Ward leads the Pennsylvania State Senate after taking the oath of office as new President Pro Tempore, in Harrisburg, Pa., Jan. 3, 2023. (Mark Pynes/The Patriot-News via AP)
            
              Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mark Rozzi is photographed at the speaker's podium, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Smith)
            
              Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mark Rozzi is photographed at the speaker's podium, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Smith)
            
              Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mark Rozzi is photographed at the speaker's podium, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Smith)
            
              Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mark Rozzi is photographed at the speaker's podium, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Smith)
            
              FILE - Pennsylvania state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, speaks before Gov. Tom Wolf signs legislation into law at Muhlenberg High School in Reading, Pa., on Nov. 26, 2019. The narrowly divided state House of Representatives elected Rozzi as the new speaker Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
            
              Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, center, talks to Republican Rep. Bryan Cutler, right, as legislators of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are sworn-in, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The ceremony marks the convening of the 2023-2024 legislative session of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Smith)
            
              Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, center, and Republican Rep. Bryan Cutler, right, talk to aides as legislators of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are sworn-in, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The ceremony marks the convening of the 2023-2024 legislative session of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Smith)
            Pennsylvania Senate president pro tempore Kim Ward, left, and Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, right, enter the house chambers on swearing-in day, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Smith) Pennsylvania Senate president pro tempore Kim Ward, center right, poses for a photo with family and friends on swearing-in day, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Smith) Newly-elected Pennsylvania President Pro Tempore, state Sen. Kim Ward poses for photos with Sen. Gene Yaw and Judge Harry Smail, Jr. after being sworn-in as interim lieutenant governor until Lt. Gov.-Elect Austin Davis takes the oath later this month, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Harrisburg, Pa. (Mark Pynes/The Patriot-News via AP) Sen. Kim Ward, poses with her grandchildren Thomas Daniel Ward, 3, and his sister Josie Jane Ward, 4, holding the bible as she took the oath of office as President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Harrisburg, Pa. (Mark Pynes/The Patriot-News via AP) Newly-elected Pennsylvania President Pro Tempore, state, Sen. Kim Ward is congratulated by Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Harrisburg, Pa. (Mark Pynes/The Patriot-News via AP) Legislators of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives stand for the Pledge of Allegiance as members are sworn in, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The ceremony marks the convening of the 2023-2024 legislative session of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Smith) Legislators of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives stand before they are sworn-in, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The ceremony marks the convening of the 2023-2024 legislative session of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Smith) Democratic floor leader Rep. Joanna McClinton, right, stands alongside fellow house members as legislators of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are sworn-in, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The ceremony marks the convening of the 2023-2024 legislative session of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Smith) Democratic floor leader Rep. Joanna McClinton stands on the floor as legislators of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are sworn-in, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The ceremony marks the convening of the 2023-2024 legislative session of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Smith) Legislators of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are sworn-in, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The ceremony marks the convening of the 2023-2024 legislative session of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Smith) Visitors enter the Capital as legislators of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are to be sworn-in, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The ceremony marks the convening of the 2023-2024 legislative session of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Smith) Democratic representatives leave after caucusing, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The ceremony marks the convening of the 2023-2024 legislative session of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Smith) Republican Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar stands on the floor as legislators of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are sworn-in, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The ceremony marks the convening of the 2023-2024 legislative session of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Smith) Democratic floor leader Rep. Joanna McClinton stands on the floor as legislators of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are sworn-in, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The ceremony marks the convening of the 2023-2024 legislative session of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Smith)
Democrat voted Pennsylvania speaker, foiling GOP hopes