Elected Office: Pennsylvania Attorney General
Attorney General Josh Shapiro has spent a career taking on the status quo to protect Pennsylvanians.
As the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for Pennsylvania’s third-largest county, Josh is responsible for a budget of $370 million and over 2,300 employees. The first Democrat to lead Montgomery County in 150 years, Josh put the County’s fiscal house back in order after years of Republican deficits while standing up for seniors, working families, and progressive values.
Josh fired the Wall Street money managers who were ripping off retirees, helped issue the first marriage licenses to LGBT couples in Pennsylvania, and fought against voter ID laws that would make it more difficult for young people, minorities, and seniors to vote.
As a State Rep., he took on the status quo, wrote and passed the farthest-reaching ethics laws in a generation, and established strict new financial controls over state spending. Philadelphia Magazine wrote that Josh “has been a blast of oxygen in the smoke-choked back rooms of quid-pro-quo Harrisburg,” and his work earned him a national reputation as a bipartisan consensus builder.
Josh also serves as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, where he’s worked to improve public safety in communities across the state by reforming the criminal justice system, better caring for victims of crime, and making prevention programs more effective.
Josh Shapiro graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester, earned his law degree at night from Georgetown University, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He has practiced law at Philadelphia-based Stradley Ronon for a decade. Josh was raised in Montgomery County, where he met his high school sweetheart, Lori, and where they are raising their four young children.