Josh Shapiro, Chair

Meet Commissioner Shapiro
Josh Shapiro is a 41-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 subsequently elected unanimously by his colleagues to chair the three-member board. 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 more than 815,000 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 and led to consecutive budget surpluses after years of deficits prior to his election.  As Commissioner, Shapiro led the way for significant investments in infrastructure, education, and public safety, while reducing overall debt. 
Commissioner Shapiro
In addition to his work in Montgomery County, in April 2015, Gov. Tom Wolf appointed Shapiro as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. As the leader of this important state agency, Shapiro oversees efforts to enhance the quality and coordination of criminal and juvenile justice systems, to facilitate the delivery of services to victims of crime, and to increase the safety of communities across the Commonwealth.

Prior to his election in Montgomery County, Shapiro represented the 153rd Legislative District in the State House for seven years. As a State Representative, Shapiro 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 and a leader on issues involving criminal justice, pension reform and education. He even wrote the law banning texting while driving.

Before serving in the state legislature, Shapiro got his start in public service as a Congressional staffer in Washington, DC. By the age of 25 he had already become a Congressional Chief of Staff, at the time the youngest person on Capitol Hill serving in that role.

Shapiro graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester, earned his law degree from Georgetown University, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

Josh Shapiro was raised in and lives in Montgomery County. It is where he met his high school sweetheart, Lori, and where today, in Abington Township, they are raising their four young children, Sophia, Jonah, Max and Reuben.

To contact Commissioner Shapiro, please email josh@montcopa.org