GOP seizes control of Pa. Senate floor, blocks Brewster from being seated

By: Rich Cholodofsky and Teghan Simonton

The Pennsylvania Senate devolved into chaos Tuesday as Republicans, the majority party, refused to seat Democrat Jim Brewster of McKeesport to his third term in office.

The state certified Brewster as the winner of the Nov. 3 election in the 45th District, which includes parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. His victory was set aside by Republican senators who claimed a pending federal lawsuit by GOP challenger Nicole Ziccarelli was reason to delay his seating.

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