Inauguration Day, Tuesday, January 17, will forever be etched in the memory of Pennsylvania’s new governor, Josh Shapiro, and lieutenant governor, Austin Davis, as the beginning of a new journey in the first and second highest ranking state.
It was also a historic day for both the officers.
For Shapiro, this made him the third Jewish governor in the state’s history and the first time in more than 50 years that two different Democratic governors led the state consecutively.
Davis, a former state representative from the 35th District (Allegheny County), also made history on Tuesday morning by being sworn in as the state’s first black lieutenant governor, accompanied by his wife and another woman from Pennsylvania, Blair Holmes-Davis.
He was also the first black representative from the 35th district.
Fifth Judicial District Judge Kim Berkeley was in charge of swearing in Clark Davis, a man who knows a thing or two about breaking down barriers, as the first African-American to serve as presiding judge in Allegheny County.
Although she is only 33, Davis comes to her new role with much admirable experience on the field and in the organization, as Shapiro selected the former House representative to be his running mate in the state’s most elected office.
The Pennsylvania-born and raised also has a story that anyone who’s lived through it now or in the past can relate to, and is a breath of fresh air as a new breed of elected officials emerge: one of the people. , of their freedom and decency .
Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Davis’s father was a bus driver for the ATU, Amalgamated Transit Union, and his mother was a hairdresser. Davis grew up in western Pennsylvania’s Mon Valley, an industrial center outside Pittsburgh, which allowed her to see firsthand the struggles of working-class families.
His early interest in helping made him realize that public service was his way. He has built a young career fighting for economic equality, ending poverty for many, and ensuring equal funding for education for the many students and families of western Pennsylvania.
He began working at the institute, where he founded and chaired McKeesport Mayor Jim Brewster’s Youth Advisory Council because he believed young people urgently needed a voice in city government.
During that time, she worked with city leaders to help combat the rise in youth violence at the time, as well as giving others like her in McKeesport the chance to become involved in public service.
Davis would carry that same enthusiasm into his college years, studying political science at the University of Pittsburgh. At the age of 21, he was already garnering praise and attention from the local media.
After college, an inspired Davis joined the team of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, where he served as the office driver and team structure. Led team vision and managed transition teams.
She also served as Fitzgerald’s representative on various committees and boards, including the Prison Oversight Board, the Kane Foundation, the Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Advisory Board, and the Shuman Detention Center Advisory Board.
All of this led to Davis being sworn in to represent the Town of Mon Valley on February 5, 2018. He became the first black state representative for the 35th district in Allegheny County, and one of only four black legislators to represent a mostly white area.
Despite his busy new job, Davis will remain active as he serves on the Allegheny County Democratic House Delegation Chair, Vice Chairman of the House Democratic Politics Committee, as well as the House Appropriations Committee, the House Committee on Consumer Affairs. the House Insurance Committee, and the House Transportation Committee.
He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, the Climate Caucus, and the Pennsylvania SAFE Caucus.
“I will work tirelessly to ensure that every family in this Commonwealth has a ladder of opportunity to succeed – so that each succeeding generation is better than the one before it.”