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State Rep. Josh Shapiro mulls his next move after rocket start to political career the past four years
Al Neri posted this extensive interview with Josh Shapiro for The Insider:
Things got off to a fast start for Montgomery County native Josh Shapiro in 2004 when he started his career in elective politics.
A former congressional chief of staff, he decided to go his own independent way when his boss, then U.S. Rep. Joe Hoeffel, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat against veteran Republican Arlen Specter.
Shapiro had the opposite result. He too took on a veteran Republican, Jon Fox, who his boss had defeated for the congressional seat. Fox, the former congressman, county commissioner and state representative, was trying to restart his political career by returning to the state House as a Republican.
But Shapiro out-raised, out hustled and outdistanced Fox to grab that first rung of his own political ladder.
Name: Josh Shapiro
Title: Deputy speaker, of counsel
Company: Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Stradley Ronon
Type: Government and law
Education: University of Rochester, BA; Georgetown University, JD.
Birthplace: Kansas City, Mo.
(By Benjamin Wallace, Philadelphia Magazine, December 2007)
At 34, an Abington reformer is Harrisburg’s fastest-rising young star. But is there a place for Jimmy Stewart in Pennsylvania’s smoke-filled back rooms?
LAST DECEMBER 31st, Josh Shapiro and his wife, Lori, tired from a late flight back from L.A. the night before, were being, the young legislator recalls, “a lame married couple. We were going to get Chinese food and watch the ball drop.” After collecting their New Year’s takeout, the couple was driving through an Abington intersection when Shapiro remembered a moment a few years before, when he had been standing on that very corner alongside campaign volunteers, waving SHAPIRO ’04 placards. One passing motorist who gave a thumbs-up was driving a car with a state legislator’s license plate. When Shapiro got back to his campaign headquarters, he had looked it up. It belonged to Dennis O’Brien, a veteran Republican rep.