In November 2016, Josh Shapiro was elected Attorney General of Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming the state’s chief law enforcement officer, Shapiro served as County Commissioner for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania’s third most populous county.
Early Life and Education
Shapiro was born on June 20, 1973 in Kansas City, MO, and was raised in Montgomery County, PA. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester with a BA, and he earned his JD from Georgetown University.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Shapiro worked for US Senator Carl Levin as a Legislative Assistant and then as a Senior Advisor to US Representative Peter Deutsch and to US Senator Robert Torricelli. In 1999, Josh became Chief of Staff to US Representative Joe Hoeffel. In 2004, at age 30, Josh ran for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and won reelection a few years later. As a Representative, Josh wrote and passed some of the toughest ethics laws in state history and was named Deputy Speaker in 2007. In 2012, following his second term as state representative, Josh was sworn in as a member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. As a result, for the first time in over a century, the Democratic Party won the majority of the board in Montgomery County. As a county commissioner, Josh led a fiscal and ethical turnaround, took early steps to combat the heroin epidemic, helped the first LGBT couples in Pennsylvania marry, and fired Wall Street money managers to save retirees millions. Additionally, his work on behalf of victims and for criminal justice reform as the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency earned him the trust of law enforcement leaders from both parties.
In January 2017, Josh Shapiro assumed the office of Pennsylvania’s Attorney General. As Attorney General, Shapiro is focusing on prosecuting scammers who target seniors and veterans, standing up to corrupt businesses that rip off consumers, protecting women’s rights, taking on polluters who threaten people’s health, and reducing the heroin epidemic and illegal guns.
Josh met his high school sweetheart Lori in Montgomery County. The pair married and are currently raising four young children.