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|50th Attorney General of Pennsylvania|
|Assumed office |
January 17, 2017
|Preceded by||Bruce Beemer|
|Member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners|
January 3, 2012 – January 17, 2017
|Preceded by||Joe Hoeffel|
|Succeeded by||Kenneth E. Lawrence Jr.|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
from the 153rd district
January 4, 2005 – January 3, 2012
|Preceded by||Ellen Bard|
|Succeeded by||Madeleine Dean|
Joshua David Shapiro
June 20, 1973
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Education||University of Rochester (BA)|
Georgetown University (JD)
Early life and education
Shapiro was born on June 20, 1973, in Kansas City, Missouri and was raised in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Rochester for his undergraduate studies and graduated magna cum laude in 1995. Shapiro lives with his wife Lori and their four children in Abington, Pennsylvania.
After graduating college, Shapiro moved to Washington D.C.. He began his D.C. tenure as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Carl Levin, then served as a senior adviser to U.S. Representative Peter Deutsch (1996-1998) and then to U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli (1998-99). From 1999-2003, at age 25, he worked as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Joe Hoeffel, serving as the youngest Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill. During this time, Shapiro attended Georgetown Law School.
In 2004, Shapiro was elected State Representative in Pennsylvania's 153rd District. Shapiro won re-election in 2006 against Lou Guerra with 76% of the vote. Democrats in the Pennsylvania State House had a one-seat advantage, but couldn't garner enough votes for the Democratic nominee for Speaker of the House. The year of his re-election, Shapiro supported a plan to nominate a Republican, Dennis O’Brien, for Speaker of the House. His plan was successful, and for the first time in Pennsylvania history, the Democratic majority party voted for a Republican member to be Speaker of the House. Shortly thereafter, Speaker O’Brien named Shapiro Deputy Speaker of the House.
After three terms in the State House, Shapiro ran for Montgomery County Commissioner in 2011 along with fellow Democrat Leslie Richards. Shapiro won, receiving the highest number of votes for the office in the history of Montgomery County. Shapiro and Richards served with Republican Bruce Castor.
Chair of Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Pennsylvania Attorney General
Shapiro announced his intention to run for Pennsylvania Attorney General in January 2016. He became the Democratic nominee for Attorney General following the primary on April 26, 2016. He never held a position as a prosecutor or tried a case in a courtroom prior to being elected attorney general.
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg was the largest donor to Shapiro's campaign. On November 8, 2016, Shapiro won the PA Attorney General race by defeating Republican nominee and State Senator John Rafferty with 51.3% of the vote. Shapiro won the major counties of Philadelphia, Allegheny, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and Chester, while Rafferty won the major counties of Lancaster, Berks, Westmoreland and York.
In August 2018, Shapiro released the results of an extensive grand jury report, alleging the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children at the hands of 300 priests across 54 counties throughout Pennsylvania. The report prompted similar investigations in other states, an inquiry by the federal government; as well as proposed legislation to change the statute of limitations.
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- Attorney General Josh Shapiro official Attorney General website
|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Pennsylvania
| Attorney General of Pennsylvania