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Democrat Josh Shapiro will be sworn in as the 48th governor of Pennsylvania at the State Capitol on Tuesday.
The 49-year-old will take the position with more experience in state government than his recent predecessors, including eight years as a state legislator and six years as an elected state attorney general.
The swearing-in will take place behind the ornate state capitol in Harrisburg in the presence of lawmakers, members of Congress and others. You can watch him taking the oath live on this page in the afternoon.
There will be more than a dozen people invited by Shapiro on stage, including survivors of child sexual abuse, parents of children killed in gun violence and the widows of two state troopers killed in the line of duty, say attendees. Symbolizes his achievements as Attorney General. And his bipartisan politics points to that as governor.
Aides say the governor-elect won’t detail specific political goals, but will emphasize themes he developed before and after the election: voters are embracing democracy, rejecting extremism and seeking to improve quality of life. Seeking progress on important issues.
He will take the reins of a sprawling state government that employs nearly 80,000 workers and handles more than $100 billion a year in state and federal funds, has billions in reserves and a stronger than normal response to sluggish state growth There is economy. ,
But it is also moving across the street from the attorney general’s office to the executive suite on Capitol Hill, at a time when the House of Representatives is paralyzed by a partisan battle for control and Republican lawmakers have sought to give the executive branch some leeway. announce regulations
Shapiro will replace incumbent Democratic governor Tom Wolf, who was term-limited, and will be the first governor of Pennsylvania since 1966 to be elected as a member of his own party.
Shapiro himself has promoted bipartisanship, emphasizing his support of independents and Republicans in the election when he won a powerful 15 percentage point victory over far-right Republican candidate State Sen. Doug Mastriano.
Shapiro benefited from a Democratic constituency affected by the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, and the Supreme Court overturning the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Get off
In Shapiro, he saw someone who would protect abortion rights with his veto and ensure that the 2024 presidential election, when Pennsylvania is once again expected to be a major battleground, would be free and fair. Will be, and will not revert if the Republican loses.