Another lawmaker joins GOP field for Pennsylvania governor

HARRISBURG — A Republican state senator from southcentral Pennsylvania says he’ll run for governor, adding to the GOP’s double-digits-deep primary field aiming to take on the presumed Democratic nominee, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, in next year’s election.

Sen. Scott Martin, of Lancaster County, on Saturday became the third Republican state senator to run. Martin, a former county commissioner, was first elected in 2016, and is the Senate’s Education Committee chairman.

In the Senate, he has provided a reliable vote for Republican leadership on hot-button issues, including abortion and guns.

As Education Committee chairman, Martin introduced legislation to accelerate state taxpayer subsidies for private and parochial schools by hundreds of millions of dollars.