Shapiro has named former assistant Michelle Henry as Pa.’s attorney general

It was announced by the Gov. Josh Shapiro on Thursday will appoint Deputy Attorney General Michelle Henry to fill the role of the state’s top law enforcement officer for the next two years.

Henry was Shapiro’s first deputy when he was Pennsylvania’s attorney general. Shapiro was recruited Pennsylvania’s 48th governor on Tuesday.

“As a public prosecutor and talented leader, Michelle has spent many years in public service seeking justice for victims, protecting consumer rights, and fighting for people in every corner of Pennsylvania,” said Shapiro, a Democrat. “I have complete confidence in his ability to represent the Commonwealth, and I look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that Pennsylvanians can be safe and feel safe in their communities.”

Henry’s nomination will require Senate confirmation by a two-thirds majority vote.

The former Bucks County District Attorney, a Republican, called Shapiro’s work in the Attorney General’s Office “the gold standard in restoring institutional integrity.”

He said, “I am humbled by the trust Governor Shapiro has placed in me and Pennsylvanians should expect the Attorney General’s Office to remain strong, courageous, and continue to do groundbreaking work.” for those under my supervision.

“Public service is what motivates the dedicated employees of this office to work hard and stand up for children, consumers, and those who have been involved in crime if they want.” have a fighter on their side. As Attorney General, I will be committed to ensuring that this work continues and that this office will always be in rural Pennsylvania.

A 26-year-old state attorney who rose to practice in the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office, Henry is a graduate of Allegheny College and Widener University School of Law. She worked at the Westmoreland County Legal Aid Office, clerked for retired Lancaster County President Judge Michael Georgelis, and then worked for more than 20 years at the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.

He was appointed as Bucks County District Attorney by a two-term vote in 2008 and helped start that county’s child advocacy center and pioneered the education of minors from the public domain. As Shapiro’s first deputy attorney general, he was responsible for all of the agency’s legal matters, including criminal cases seeking justice for victims, civil trials representing the government, and public safety issues fighting for the rights of Pennsylvania consumers.

On Thursday, Shapiro also officially chose all of his items Member of the Cabinet It is currently being referred to the Senate for approval.

Jan Murphy can be found at jmurphy@pennlive.com. Follow her on Twitter at @JanMurphy.

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