Pa. politicians, advocates welcome Gov. Josh Shapiro to office

By: - January 17, 2023 2:22 pm

This story was updated at 2:43 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 to include additional reactions. 

As Gov. Josh Shapiro took the oath of office in Harrisburg on Tuesday, various politicians and interest groups sent their best wishes to the newly sworn-in chief executive and his incoming administration. This story will be updated as more reactions become available.

State Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster:

“I welcome Gov. Shapiro and congratulate him on being sworn-in to office today.

“As a candidate, Gov. Shapiro offered many policy proposals that provided a path to bipartisan accomplishment and real progress for our shared goals. As we look ahead, it is our hope that Gov. Shapiro governs under that same spirit and with a true willingness to find common ground.

“Over the last 12 years, House Republicans have shown we care about Pennsylvania by being the leading voice in limiting the size and scope of government, delivering on fiscal responsibility and championing individual liberty. Regardless of where we may agree or disagree with the new administration, as a caucus, we will remain true to the values and principles that have a proven record of success for improving the lives of Pennsylvanians.”

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh:

State Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny:

State Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny:

State Sen. Amanda Cappelletti, D-Delaware:

U.S. Rep.  Summer Lee, D-12th District:

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa.:

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey:

Philadelphia House Delegation of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives:

Pennsylvania State Education Association President Rich Askey: 

“Gov. Shapiro and Lt. Gov. Davis take office as strong proponents of public education, Pennsylvania students, and the hardworking educators and support professionals in our schools,” Askey said. “We look forward to working with both of them and the Legislature to ensure our students continue to have the tools they need to succeed.

“Gov. Shapiro has demonstrated his strong commitment to education by nominating Dr. Khalid Mumin to be Pennsylvania’s secretary of education. Dr. Mumin is an extraordinary leader and a committed educator, and we have every confidence that he will hit the ground running, working to ensure that every student in every one of Pennsylvania’s public schools gets the best possible education.

“Throughout the gubernatorial campaign, Gov. Shapiro remained focused on ideas that work in public education. He has promised to reduce the time students spend on standardized tests, keep our schools safe, and expand access to vocational, technical, and computer training.

“Gov. Shapiro also recognizes that too many students are struggling with mental and emotional health issues. He will take steps to ensure that every school building in Pennsylvania has at least one mental health professional so that kids can access help when they need it.

“On behalf of the 177,000 educators and support professionals I represent as PSEA’s president, I want to congratulate Josh Shapiro and Austin Davis and pledge to work with them to make Pennsylvania’s public schools the very best that they can be.”

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.