Longtime Senate majority leader to run for county judgeship

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 6, 2015 11:53 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Bradley C Bower

(Harrisburg) -- The longtime Pennsylvania Senate Republican floor leader who was ousted from his leadership post in November could be gone from the Senate soon.

Senator Dominic Pileggi says he'll run for a seat on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.

Pileggi, a lawyer and former mayor of Chester, has served 12 years in the Senate, including eight as majority leader.

Pileggi's ouster as majority leader came amid a philosophical clash pitting moderates against a growing group of conservatives.

In a May profile story on Pileggi, Philadelphia Magazine called the 57-year-old "the straight man of Pennsylvania politics" and it quoted former Democratic Governor Ed Rendell, calling Pileggi "the most powerful person in Harrisburg."

A spokesman says Pileggi has no immediate plans to resign from the Senate.

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