HARRISBURG - State Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27) on Monday was unanimously elected majority caucus chair for the remainder of the 2013-14 session by Senate Republicans. Gordner replaces former Sen. Mike Waugh (R-28), who recently resigned to accept a position as executive director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

As caucus chair, Gordner will assist the majority leader and majority whip in formulation of the Senate's daily legislative calendar. He will also preside over the Republican caucus meetings.

Gordner previously served as majority caucus administrator. He is also chairman of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee.

He has been a member of the Senate since 2003 and previously served five terms in the House of Representatives from the 109th Legislative District.

"I look forward to my increased responsibilities and I appreciate the confidence of the members of my caucus as they elected me to this position," he was quoted in a press release from his office.

"The Senate Majority Caucus Chair plays an integral role in the day-to-day operation of Senate, especially on session days," Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) was quoted in the release. "Sen. Gordner's diligent work ethic and strong organizational skills will be a tremendous asset to the Republican Caucus as he takes on this position."

"Sen. Gordner has earned a reputation for being one of the most hard-working and thorough members of the Senate," said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9). "His colleagues in the Senate Republican Caucus know that the thoughtful, balanced approach he takes to representing the 27th District will serve him well in this key leadership role."