Citing Power Grab by PA Supreme Court, Senate GOP Leaders File with Court to Protect, Defend Constitution

(HARRISBURG) – Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) and Senator Mike Folmer (R-48) today filed a complaint in the U.S. Middle District Court asking for the court to stop the implementation of Congressional District maps recently crafted by the PA Supreme Court.

 The Senators were joined in the complaint by members of the state’s Congressional delegation.

Senator Corman issued the following statement:

“Our concerns stem from the attack on the constitution initiated by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court – not the design of a map. What is at stake here is larger than the makeup of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation. The state Supreme Court’s decision seizes power from the other branches of government. We are unwilling to acquiesce to the court’s attempt to hijack the functions of the legislative and executive branches.

“In taking this matter to federal court, we are upholding our oath of office to protect and defend the state and U.S. Constitutions.”

Senator Folmer also issued the following:

“Every day, I carry a copy of the state and U.S. Constitutions in my pocket, close to my heart. As a member of the General Assembly, I am defined in the Constitution as a policymaker, not an interpreter of laws.  Judges are to interpret laws, not make policy. 

“Our elected judges pledge to respect the text of the Constitution.  If they do not, we have a right – an obligation – to say something.  That is why I have joined in legal action to block the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s newly mandated congressional maps.  I have too much respect for the Constitution to do otherwise.”

Jenn Kocher (Senate) 717-574-6872,