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Republicans retain control of General Assembly

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Nov 7, 2012 2:10 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The makeup of the General Assembly won't change much when lawmakers get back to work during the next legislative session.

Each incumbent from central Pennsylvania has been re-elected, as Republicans retain control of both the House and Senate.

Democrat Rob Teplitz will be one of the few new lawmakers when he's sworn in to represent the 15th Senate District, which encompasses parts of Dauphin and York counties.

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He says he never doubted a Democrat could win the seat long-held by Republicans. "I think we've been too scared in the past of running on, you know, core values important to the middle class, and afraid that this supposedly very conservative area would reject them, and we didn't buy into that," he says.

Teplitz defeated Republican John McNally in a bitter contest to take over the seat from Republican Jeff Piccola, who's retiring at the end of this term.

But Teplitz will be in the minority when he heads to Harrisburg. Republicans will control at least 110 seats in the House and 27 in the Senate.

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