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Daley seeks whip slot

| Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006

State Rep. Peter J. Daley plans to seek a powerful leadership post in the House of Representatives.

The California lawmaker, elected Tuesday to his 13th term in the General Assembly, said he intends to run for the position of Democratic House whip.

A senior member of the Legislature, the whip acts as a mediator between leadership and the members. The whip also helps seek consensus within the caucus on issues being considered by the full House.

The whip also supports party leadership in carrying out party policies regarding legislation.

The Democratic whip position will be vacated at the end of the year when Rep. Mike Veon leaves office.

The Beaver County Democrat was defeated in Tuesday's general election by Jim Marshall, of Big Beaver.

"I think it would be tremendous for the district," Daley said of the position he is seeking.

"I would be in a position to provide even more assistance to businesses and residents throughout southwestern Pennsylvania."

Daley currently serves as minority chairman of the House Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee.

He is also a member of the coal, Southwest, children's, steel, firefighter's caucuses as well as the policy committee.

"I'll be a gladiator in the pit fighting for working Pennsylvanians, fighting for fairer taxes and decent health care coverage," Daley said.

It is unclear whether Daley would serve in the majority of minority whip positions.

The Democratic Party holds a two-seat edge in the House with the Republicans slightly ahead in three other races that have yet to be decided.

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