Joshua Shapiro is an American politician and attorney who has been serving as the 48th governor of Pennsylvania since 2023, representing the Democratic Party. Prior to this role, he held the position of the 50th Pennsylvania attorney general from 2017 to 2023 and was a member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners from 2012 to 2017.
Raised in Montgomery County, Shapiro pursued political science at the University of Rochester and later obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University. Following his education, he worked as a senior adviser to Senator Robert Torricelli.
Get to know more about Josh Shapiro’s family, including details about his children, as we delve into his personal life.
Josh Shapiro Children: Reuben Shapiro, Sophia Shapiro, Max, Jonah Shapiro
Josh Shapiro and his wife, Lori Shapiro, have four children: three sons named Reuben, Jonah, and Max, and a daughter named Sophia Shapiro. Their eldest daughter is currently attending the University of Pittsburgh, while the three boys are in school.
Josh and Lori Shapiro tied the knot in 1997 and have resided together in Montgomery County ever since.
Shapiro’s political career began with his election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2004, where he defeated former Republican U.S. representative Jon D. Fox and represented the 153rd district until 2012.
Subsequently, he was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners in 2011, marking a shift in political control. During his tenure from 2011 to 2017, he served as chairman and was appointed chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency by Governor Tom Wolf in 2015.
In 2016, Shapiro successfully ran for Pennsylvania attorney general, defeating Republican John Rafferty Jr., and was reelected in 2020. Notable achievements during his tenure include the release of a statewide grand jury report uncovering child abuse by priests and subsequent cover-ups by church leaders, as well as his involvement in negotiating a $1 billion settlement for Pennsylvania in a national opioid case.
Shapiro’s political ambition led him to run for governor in the 2022 election, where he faced no opposition in the Democratic primary and secured victory over Republican nominee Doug Mastriano in the general election with a margin of 14.8 percent.