Monday, the state House of Representatives welcomed its newest member, state Rep. Jim Prokopiak (D-Levittown).

Prokopiak won a special election last month to serve the communities of Falls Township, Tullytown, Morrisville and parts of Middletown Township. He replaces John Galloway, who was elected in November as a district judge.

“Swearing in a new member is always a special occasion in the state House of Representatives,” said Speaker Joanna McClinton  (D-Philadelphia). “As a longtime public servant, Representative Prokopiak brings with him valuable experience from his time in local government and will be a strong advocate for his neighbors in Bucks County.”

McClinton added that Prokopiak is joining the Democratic caucus at a busy time. The House returns to session having recently completed Appropriations Committee hearings that examined the initiatives in Gov. Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 state budget proposal.

The $48.3 billion budget is due to be adopted by June 30.

In the coming months, the House will take up measures to reform school funding, cut costs for working families, help seniors thrive in their communities and strengthen public safety, McClinton said.

“We’ve sent more than 260 bills to the Senate so far, but we’re not done,” McClinton added. “The House will continue to advance meaningful legislation to strengthen our communities and schools, and help all Pennsylvanians thrive.”

Prokopiak served on the Falls Township Board of Supervisors from 2002-2009 and as a member of the Pennsbury School District board from 2021-2024. An attorney, Prokopiak earned his undergraduate degree at West Chester University. He then graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

He and his wife, Gail, have three children and reside in Falls Township. Prokopiak could not be reached for comment on Monday.

With the addition of Prokopiak, the state House now has 202 members. There is a vacancy in the 139th Legislative District in Pike and Wayne counties that will be filled by a special election on April 23, the same day as the state primary.

Propopiak bested Falls resident Candace Cabanas, a Republican, for the seat. Cabanas plans to run against Prokopiak again in the November election.

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