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certify the electoral college vote. 1:00 eastern time here on c-span. also c-span.org. you can listen on the c-span radio app. last month all of the states gathered to count their electoral votes. while we wait for the house to come in in about 35 minutes, we're going to show you a portion of pennsylvania's counting of electoral ballots to get a flavor of how the process works. >> good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. i am robert torest, executive deputy secretary of the commonwealth. it is my honor to quome you to the 58th electoral college of the commonwealth of pennsylvania. please, turn off all cell phones and all other electronic communication devices. at this time would you please ise.
i would like to present to you the honorable pedro a. cortez, secretary of the commonwealth. the honorable robert gormoz, deputy chief of staff to the overnor of the commonwealth. the reverend cannon david w. ovelace. the honorable thomas g. saylor, chief justice of the supreme court of pennsylvania. and the temporary officers and members of the 58th electoral college of pennsylvania.
of the constitution of the united states. it is your solemn responsibility to translate into a formal document for transmission to the congress of the united states the decision of the voters of the commonwealth of pennsylvania at the general election held on november 8, 2016. this being the day and the hour appointed by the constitution and the laws of the united states and of the commonwealth of pennsylvania for the duly chosen electors to meet and give their votes for president and vice president of the united states, the members of the college of elechors of the commonwealth of pennsylvania ill come to order. katelyn, as riley, surrett, mckenna, and angelina lead us in the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america
and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. >> thank you, pages. i now call upon the reverend cannon lovelace and ask him to invoke god's blessing on these proceedings. >> let us pray. almighty god, we give you thanks for this good land which we have received as our inheritance. we pray that we may continue to be good stewards of all that's been entrusted to our care. as a nation, we have a history of sound government established by our founders for the sake of all who dwell in this land and the freedom to choose those who occupy leadership positions. at all levels of government. filled with wisdom those to whom we entrust the leadership and
authority that might seek justice and peace for all people. be present now with the 58th electoral college of the commonwealth of pennsylvania as they fulfill their constitutional duty in the election of the president and vice president of the united states. grant them wisdom and courage to decide that which serves for the welfare of all united states citizens. may each of us as citizens of these united states take seriously our responsibility to one another. the well-being and ordering of the society of our own generation. and all that we do, o lord, grant us grace to serve and honor your most holy name. we pray. men. >> thank you, cannon lovelace. lease be seated.
chief justice saylor, deputy chief of staff cormos, c. > non lovelace, distinguished electors, and honored guests. as secretary of the commonwealth and temporary presiding officer of pennsylvania's 58th electoral college, i welcome you to the chamber of the pennsylvania house of representatives. it is an honor to convene the electoral college in this remarkable setting. this is the third electoral college i have the privilege to temporarily preside. today's proceedings remain consistent with the procedures followed when the first electoral college convened in pennsylvania 227 years ago. it is my belief that our commonwealth has one of the best electoral colleges ceremonies in the nation. before the end of the day, 538
electors around the country will cast their vote to select the president and vice president of the united states. the electoral college was established by the framers of our constitution in philadelphia as a compromise between those who advocated the election of the president and vice president by the states and those who supported appointment by congress. under our federal system, the people of the united states vote for electors who in turn vote for the president and vice president. the votes you cast today will be certified and sent to the u.s. congress anti-national arkishese. -- archives of the on january 6, 2017, they will be counted along with those of the other 49 states and the district of columbia in front of a joint session of congress. in accordance with 20th amendment of the u.s. constitution, the president-elect will be sworn in on january 20, 2017.
in 1788, james mad while arguing for the adoption of the united states constitution stated, we may define our republic to be a government which delivers all of -- derives all of its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people and it is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period or during good behavior. today's elect yorl college proves once again the citizens of the united states are able to establish their government by choice. america's continued history testifies to the enduring viability of our grand experiment in self-governance. as we know, president abraham lincoln and his renowned gettysburg address stated that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from earth. we're still here today heirs to
this lofty ideals of elective governance. today the will of pennsylvania as expressed by the majority of the more than six million citizens that voted on the november 8 general election is in the hands of 20 members of the electoral college. we continue to invest our common faith in you, esteemed electors, that you will honor the voters this commonwealth, and our nation by adding a new chapter to america's story of free representative democracy under which we live. let us now proceed with the appointment of temporary officers. for the purpose of carrying on the business of this meeting, i will appoint without objection the honorable marion k. schneider and the honorable peter speaks, deputy secretaries of the commonwealth, as temporary secretaries. the honorable jonathan marks,
commissioner of elections of pennsylvania, as chief sergeant at arms. and the honorable michael moser, deputy commissioner elections as ssistant sergeant at arms. you may be seated. the chair recognizes the honorable robert gormoz, deputy chief of staff to the governor of the commonwealth of ennsylvania. >> mr. secretary, i have the honor to present communications in writing from his excellencies, the governor of the commonwealth. >> thank you. secretary schneider will read he communications.
>> pursuant to the laws of the united states, i, tom wolf, governor of the commonwealth of pennsylvania, do hereby certify that in accordance with the provisions of the pennsylvania election code, upon receiving the returns of the electors of the president and vice president of the united states, from the election held november 8, a.d., 2016, as laid before me by the secretary of the commonwealth, i have ascertained that the following electors for donald j. trump for president and michael r. pence for vice president of the united states. robert asher, mary barkett, robert basuto, theodore christian, michael downing, margaret ferraro, christopher gleason. robert gleason.
joyce haas. ash carr. james macerlain. pickett. patricia poprick. andrew riley. carol sides. gloria lee snowver. richard stewart. lawrence tabis. christine toretti. carolyn bunny welsh. 2,970,733 votes constituting the greatest number of votes of the persons voted for. therefore are the persons duly elected and appointed electors of the president and vice president of the united states to meet at the seat of government of this commonwealth being in the city of harrisburg, on the first monday after the first -- after the second
wednesday in december being the 19th day of december, a.d. 2016, agreeably to the laws of this commonwealth and of the united states for the respective terms prescribed by the constitution of the united states to begin on the 20th day of january a.d. 2017, and to perform such other duties as devolve upon them under the constitution and laws of the united states. sign, tom wolf, governor. >> thank you, secretary schneider. a certificate of ascertainment will be printed in full in the journal of the proceedings of the electoral college. secretary speaks will call the roll of electors. as your name is called, please rise in your place and and present. >> honorable robert asher.
onorable mary bar ket -- barquette. honorable robert basuto. honorable theodore christian. honorable michael downing. hon yornl margaret ferraro. honorable christopher gleason. honorable robert gleason. honorable joyce haas. honorable ash carr. honorable james mack derlain. honorable pickett. honorable patricia povrick. honorable andrew riley. honorable carol sides. honorable gloria lee snowver. honorable richard stewart. honorable lawrence tavis.
honorable christine foretti. honorable carolyn "bunny" welsh. >> thank you, secretary speaks. 20 electors having answered to their names we shall proceed with the business of the 58th pennsylvania electoral college. we're pleased to have one of pennsylvania's distinguished jurists to administer the oath of office at this time. the honorable thomas g. saylor, chief justice of the supreme court of the commonwealth of pennsylvania. a bible or holy book has been supplied. the oath will now be administered. hief justice saylor. >> would you please place your left hand on the bible or holy book and raise your right hand. do you and each of you solemnly
swear or affirm that you will support, obey, and defend the constitution of the united states, and the constitution of the commonwealth of pennsylvania , and that you will discharge the duties of your office with fidelity. if so, please say, i do. thank you. >> thank you, chief justice saylor. lease be seated. the next order of business is the election of the president of the electoral college. the chair recognizes the honorable richard stewart of cumberland county for the purpose of offering a esolution. >> thank you, mr. secretary. resolved that the honorable
robert a. gleason jr. of cameria county be chosen president of this electoral college. > thank you. are there any other nominations? if not, nominations are closed. those in favor of the resolution will assent by saying aye. opposed, no. the ayes have it. the resolution is adopted. the honorable robert a. gleason jr. of cambria county is a unanimous choice for president of this college. [applause]
>> the chair requests the chief sergeant at arms to escort the resident to the rostrum. the chair has the honor to present to you your president, the honorable robert a. gleason jr. of cambria county. [applause] >> thank you. chief justice saylor, secretary cortez, honorable electors, distinguished guests, and
governor wolf who will be jointing us shortly. thank you for participating today. thanks to all help to organize and execute today's event and the governor for hosting us at his residence later this afternoon. i want to thank the electors for choosing me to serve as the president of this electoral college. it's an incredible honor that i will never forget. today we walkthrough history together. pennsylvania has always had an important place in american history as the keystone stay. future generations will remember this election was unconventional and fiercely competitive. in the end, history placed the commonwealth at the forefront as the election would be decided here. now we sit in this magnificent, majestic house chamber as the first republican electors in pennsylvania since 1988. to give some perspective, our youngest elector was 4 years old
at the time. we're just moments away from completing the electoral will of the people of pennsylvania and casting our ballots for the 45th president of the united states, donald trump, and the 48th vice president of the united states, mike pence. when donald trump and mike pence are sworn in on january 20, they will be the president and the vice president of all americans, regardless of political affiliation or background. a good reminder that we serve as the peaceful assembly that will lead to another peaceful transfer of power between two rival political parties that continues to be the envy of the world. i know that donald trump and mike pence will be working to make america great again. for ever. and it will be up to each and every one of us to help them shape the future of our country. for me this ceremony is the completion of a dream that is
more than a decade old as the republican chairman. the hard work of volunteers, staff, party officials, and two outstanding candidates have made this dream come true. my fellow electors, let us always remember this shared moment when we stood up for our constitution system, followed our conscience, answered the call of pennsylvania voters, did our part by electing the next president and vice president of the united states, donald trump and mike pence. thank you, may god bless the united states of america. [applause] >> the election of the vice president of the electoral college. we'll now proceed to the vice president of the electoral college. the chair recognizes the honorable bharery barquette of north hampton county for the purposes of offering a esolution.
>> thank you, mr. president. resolved that the honorable joyce c. haas of centre county be chosen vice president of this electoral college. > thank you. are there any other nations? if not, the nations are closed. those in favor of the resolution will give their assent by saying aye. those, no. the ayes have it. the resolution is unanimously adopted. the chair requests the assistant sergeant at arms to escort the vice president to the rostrum.
the chair has the honor to present to you your vice president, the honorable joyce c. haas of certainty county. - centre county. >> thank you, mr. president. good afternoon. i would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of the dignigaries and to the special guests. the importance of what we do here today cannot be overstated. in a few minutes we will make the voices of pennsylvania voters heard loud and clear when we cast our votes for the next president and vice president of the united states, donald trump
and michael pence. as has been previously stated, the road to this moment has been intense and competitive. however, just like with all elections in our great country, now is the time to come together and we'll unite around our new president and vice president. the voters who have elected a team that's given hope to embridge to s from wilkesbarre, we all have stories of people who became engaged in the political process because of donald trump. last week we welcomed our president-elect and vice president elect back to pennsylvania to thank us for our support. but now as we cast these votes, our country takes one more step
toward a new era. it will be an era filled with possibility and opportunity for all americans. it will be an era in which men and women regain the pride and the solace that comes with the family sustaining employment. and it will be an era in which our nation once again leads the battle against the dangers facing freedom in our country and in our world today. my fellow electors, i am deeply humbled to have this chance to serve as vice president of the 58th electoral college and i thank you for that honor. may god bless you and may god bless the united states of america. [applause]
> thank you. it the chair now recognizes the honorable gloria snowver of north hampton county for the purposes of offering a esolution. it >> thank you, mr. president. solved, that the honorable theodore s. christian of bucks county be appointed secretary of this electoral college. > thank you. those in favor of the resolution will give their assent by saying aye. opposed, no. the ayes have t the resolution
is unanimously adopted. the chair now recognizes the honorable andrew riley of delaware county for the purposes of offering a resolution. mr. president. resolved that the honorable lawrence j. tabis of philadelphia county be appointed parliamentarian of this electoral college. >> thank you, mr. riley. those in favor of the resolution will give their assent by saying aye. opposed, no. the ayes have t the resolution s unanimously adopted. the chair recognizes the assistant sergeant at-arms to escort the secretary and parliamentarian to their chairs.
the chair extends a temporary officers the thanks of their colleagues for the manner which they presided during these proceedings. thank you very much. without objection, the college of electors will adopt the form of the proceedings of the 2012 electoral college of the commonwealth of pennsylvania insofar as applicable. hearing no objections, they are adopted. the 2016 electoral college of pennsylvania is now organized. in keeping with tradition will so advise the governor.
without objection, the chair appoints the honorable ash carr of warren county and the honorable elstina pickett of bradford county to call upon his excellency, the governor of commonwealth, to inform him that the 58th college of electors of the commonwealth of pennsylvania is organized and ready to receive any communications he may wish to make. and also extend an invitation to im to address the college. the committee of escort will now proceed in the performance of its duties. the chair requests the chief sergeant at arms and committee to escort his excellency the governor of the commonwealth of pennsylvania to the house chamber. the governor is awaiting this call. he will be with us momentarily. the members will be at ease awaiting the arrival of the committee appointed to escort he governor.
i would like to at this time while we're at ease to recognize the governor's cabinet who is here. we greatly appreciate them being here. secretary theresa osborne, the department of aging. secretary russell reading, department of agriculture. secretary robin wiseman, department of banking. chief of staff marery eisenhower. secretary gary tennis, department of drug and alcohol prevention. secretary patrick mcdonald, department of environmental protection. general counsel, denise smiler. secretary kirk topper, department of general services. director marcus brown, department of homeland security. commissioner theresa miller, department of insurance.
secretary mandarino, department of labor and industry. secretary will denowsky office of legislative affairs. president general brigadier general anthony barelli, department of military affairs. physician general dr. rachel lavine. secretary sara office of policy. secretary elaine mcnulty, department of revenue. and commissioner colonel tyree blocker, state police. i want to thank you for being here. and also, you secretary.
>> please be seated. thank you very much for that very nice introduction. thank you for being here. i want to thank the president, i want to thank the vice president of the electoral college. the officers of the electoral college, and all the electors for having me here today. i want to congratulate you-all on your role on this historic day. i'd also like to take a moment to thank secretary cortez and the department of state for the job that they did. once again the employees and the staff of the pennsylvania department of state have done a really good job of hosting this election.
during the season as we all know of scrutiny with the department of state's across the nation pennsylvania once again delivered a safe, secure, and convenient voting experience for the people of pennsylvania. secretary cortez and his team are to be commended and thanked by all the people of pennsylvania. could we give them a round of applause, please. [applause] -- >> we're going to leave this program at this point. a quick reminder you can watch this and any c-span program online at c-span.org. this is just one of several electoral college meetings that we covered. coming up in a few minutes we'll show you the gathering from new york. the house about to gavel in for a very short session before recessing to prepare the chamber for the joint session. that session to count and certify the electoral college ballots. that's due to start at 1:00 p.m. eastern time live here on c-span. now to the house floor.