‘The real McCoy’: Greensburg appointed Pa. attorney general

More than thirty years ago, Michelle Henry, 53, was walking down the hall of Greensburg Salem High School with her classmates.

This week, the Greensburg representative was named Pennsylvania’s attorney general.

After graduating from high school and Allegheny College, Henry headed east to attend Widener University School, working as a clerk for former Lancaster County Judge Michael Georgelis.

A few years later, he worked as an intern at the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office.

John Driscoll, retired district attorney and district judge, remembers the first day Henry walked into his office to begin his internship.

“He was kind, studious and diligent,” Driscoll said. “We all thought he was a great person to work in our office.”

The next time Driscoll saw him, he went to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, where he was the chief of the child abuse and major crimes units, as well as former assistant district attorneys.

“He was on TV, doing interviews about making all these high profile charges,” Driscoll said.

Later, Henry became the first deputy attorney general under Josh Shapiro. He was responsible for overseeing all legal matters of the office, including criminal cases, civil cases representing the state, and public protection cases fighting for consumer rights. .

With Shapiro stepping into the governor’s mansion this week, Henry has become the state’s top law enforcement officer.

“We’re not surprised,” Driscoll said of himself and his legal partners in Western Pennsylvania. “He’s the real McCoy—a real lawyer. The courts in Pennsylvania are in good hands with him.

“I don’t want to be sued by Michelle Henry,” Driscoll said with a laugh.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick by email at pvarine@triblive.com or Twitter .

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