WASHINGTON —Today, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee announced Pennsylvania HD-140 candidate Jim Prokopiak as the newest addition to our slate of Spotlight candidates. The Pennsylvania House is currently tied 101-101, and Jim’s February 13 race is critical for preserving Democrats’ majority in the chamber.
Fundamental freedoms are at stake in Pennsylvania, and if Republicans gain control of the majority and the speaker’s gavel, they will immediately legislate Pennsylvania backward.
This latest vacancy shows how important a single legislative seat can be for determining a majority and why Democrats must pay attention and invest in state legislatures all year, not just in November. After defending this majority in five special elections in 2023, this race is a top priority for the DLCC as we begin the 2024 legislative election cycle.
DLCC President Heather Williams issued the following statement:
“The special election in Pennsylvania House District 140 could not be more important to preserving fundamental freedoms in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This election represents the tie-breaker in the Pennsylvania House, and winning this election is crucial to preserving the Democratic majority and keeping the gavel in the hands of Speaker Joanna McClinton. This election is a must-win to block Pennsylvania Republicans’ extreme agenda and help Gov. Shapiro deliver on the progress that Pennsylvanians deserve.
“We are excited to spotlight Jim’s bid for this seat in the Pennsylvania House and trust that he’ll make Bucks County proud. We plan to continue our momentum and fight for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania not only in November – but starting right now.”
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is the official Democratic Party committee dedicated to winning America’s state legislatures and building state infrastructure. Over the last decade, we have fought cycle-over-cycle to gain a dozen new legislative chamber majorities and we are leading the effort to bring national attention and investment to our ballot level. State legislatures are the building blocks of our democracy and have the closest connections to Americans’ day-to-day lives. From protecting fundamental freedoms and voting rights to growing the middle class, the DLCC and state legislators are moving the Democratic agenda forward and shaping the future of this country.