The Democrat voted for the president of Pennsylvania and disappointed the hopes of the Republican Party | National

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — A Democrat who promised to govern as an independent was elected speaker of the narrowly divided Pennsylvania House of Representatives in a surprise move Tuesday on the strength of every Democrat and more than a dozen Republican votes.

Representative Mark Rousey was elected president by a vote of 115-85 after the Republicans were unable to convert a temporary two-seat majority into a vote to keep the office. The move to nominate and elect Rousey began just hours before the vote, but his election also leaves questions about how the chamber will function in the short term and whether it will remain a Democrat.

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