Josh Shapiro

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Josh Shapiro
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50th Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
January 17, 2017
GovernorTom Wolf
Preceded byBruce Beemer
Member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners
In office
January 3, 2012 – January 17, 2017
Preceded byJoe Hoeffel
Succeeded byKenneth E. Lawrence Jr.
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 153rd district
In office
January 4, 2005[1] – January 3, 2012
Preceded byEllen Bard
Succeeded byMadeleine Dean
Personal details
Joshua David Shapiro

(1973-06-20) June 20, 1973 (age 46)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lori Shapiro
EducationUniversity of Rochester (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)

Joshua David Shapiro (born June 20, 1973) is an American politician and lawyer currently serving as the Attorney General of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Shapiro was born on June 20, 1973, in Kansas City, Missouri and was raised in Montgomery County[2], Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Rochester for his undergraduate studies and graduated magna cum laude in 1995.[3] Shapiro lives with his wife Lori and their four children in Abington, Pennsylvania.[3]

Early career[edit]

Capitol Hill[edit]

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.[4] During this time, Shapiro attended Georgetown Law.[4]

State house[edit]

In 2004, Shapiro was elected State Representative in Pennsylvania's 153rd District.[5] 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[6] 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.

County commissioner[edit]

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[edit]

In April 2015, Governor Tom Wolf named Shapiro Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.[citation needed]

Pennsylvania Attorney General[edit]

Shapiro announced his intention to run for Pennsylvania Attorney General in January 2016.[7] He became the Democratic nominee for Attorney General following the primary on April 26, 2016.[8] He never held a position as a prosecutor or tried a case in a courtroom prior to being elected attorney general.[9]

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg was the largest donor to Shapiro's campaign.[9] 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.[10]

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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 2005 - 189TH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. January 4, 2005.
  2. ^ "The Office". Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "The Office". Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "About Josh Shapiro | Josh Shapiro, Chairman, Board of Commissioners, Montgomery County, PA". July 22, 2012. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Pennsylvania General Election Results, Pennsylvania Department of State, 11/2/04 Archived November 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Hall, Peter. "Pennsylvania's new attorney general hopes to restore confidence in the office". Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  7. ^ Field, Nick (January 12, 2016). "Shapiro Officially Announces AG Campaign". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  8. ^ Addy, Jason (April 26, 2016). "Shapiro Wins Dem AG Nomination". PoliticsPA. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Orso, Anna. "Josh Shapiro wins PA Attorney General race". Billy Penn. Spirited Media. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  10. ^ Times, New York (November 21, 2016). "Pennsylvania Attorney General Results: Josh Shapiro Wins". Retrieved November 25, 2016.

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Preceded by
Kathleen Kane
Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Pennsylvania
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Legal offices
Preceded by
Bruce Beemer
Attorney General of Pennsylvania