HARRISBURG, NOVEMBER 14, 2012  – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, the first  woman to ever be elected to a Senate Democratic caucus leadership post, was reelected today by her colleagues.

Tartaglione, now in her fifth term, is the Senate Democratic Caucus Secretary, a position that oversees the Senate handling of executive nominations that require Senate confirmation.

The news comes little over a week after Democrats picked up three seats in the Nov. 6 election to dramatically shift the balance in

“Once again I’m grateful to my colleagues for their confidence and support,” she said. “We have three very qualified new members and we are looking forward to using that mandate to stem the erosion of support for education, working families and job training. “

During the Senate session that officially ends Nov. 30, Republicans held a 30-20 seat majority which worked with the Corbett administration to eliminate health-care and job-training programs, slash the education budget and apply a “hands-off” administration to gas drilling.

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