Josh Shapiro is a 38-year-old public servant who has served in various capacities at three levels of government earning a reputation as a reformer, a visionary, an effective legislator and a can-do executive.
Shapiro was elected Montgomery County Commissioner in 2011 and was sworn-in and elected unanimously to Chair the three-member Board on January 3, 2012. He was the highest vote-getter for the office of County Commissioner in the history of Montgomery County and led the ticket for the first Democratic-controlled Board in more than 140 years. Montgomery County is the third largest County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a population of 800,000 residents.
Shapiro is a no-nonsense reformer who is cleaning up county government, getting its fiscal house in order and creating greater efficiency and effectiveness in government. His efforts to reconstruct and review county government from top-to-bottom have won him praise from Democrats and Republicans alike as well as multiple outside organizations and media outlets.
Prior to his election in Montgomery County, Shapiro represented the 153rd Legislative District in the state House for seven years. As a State Representative, Josh wrote and passed the farthest-reaching ethics laws in a generation to create greater transparency in Pennsylvania government. He established strict new financial controls over state spending and has earned a national reputation as a bipartisan consensus builder.
In addition to reforming state government, Josh helped expand early childhood education programs, made college more affordable for Pennsylvania families and led the fight to pass a law banning texting while driving.
Before serving in the state legislature, Josh got his start in public service as a Congressional staffer in Washington, DC. As a sign of things to come, by age 25 he had already become a Congressional Chief of Staff, at the time the youngest person on Capitol Hill serving in that role.
Josh graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester and earned a law degree from Georgetown University. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Board and is Of Counsel at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young in Philadelphia.
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