Josh Shapiro is sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 48th governor

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Josh Shapiro will be sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 48th governor Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 12 p.m

The inauguration ceremony will be broadcast live in its entirety from 12 noon on this page.

The ceremony includes three swearing-in bibs: a personal family Bible, which Governor-elect Shapiro has used at every swearing-in to public office since 2005; a Hebrew Bible provided by the Tree of Life Synagogue; and a Bible provided by the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, carried by Herman Hershman, a Philadelphian and 5th Class Corporal Technician in World War II, who received a Bronze Star after landing with the First Division at Omaha Beach and a Purple Heart received D-Tag.

In addition, the ceremony will include an invocation led by local interfaith leaders who will offer a joint prayer for the Governor and the Commonwealth.

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The inauguration ceremony includes performances by:

  • Lincoln University Choir, Lincoln University, founded in 1854, is located in Chester County and is the nation’s first HBCU degree.
  • The Pennsylvania State Police Honor Guard, the chief law enforcement officers of the Commonwealth, will conduct the presentation of the colors.
  • The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Choir, from the Historic African Episcopal Church of Philadelphia, currently consists of 60 singers, ministers and musicians. The members of the choir represent more than 10 different district churches.
  • The Pittsburgh Youth Chorus serves the western Pennsylvania region through exceptional choral education and artistic creation, with an emphasis on personal development, community outreach, travel and cultural exchange.
  • The Hazleton Area High School Marching Cougars, a local high school marching band from northeastern Pennsylvania, and the Cavalcade of Bands American A Champions
  • Roland Scarinci, a World War II veteran and native of Philadelphia, will preside over the Pledge of Allegiance. Roland celebrates his 100th birthday on February 18, 2023

Shapiro also announced a list of guests invited to attend Tuesday’s ceremony in Harrisburg:

Below is a full list of Governor-elect Shapiro’s guests of honor:

  • Tim Lewisan employee of Glenn O. Hawbaker who was a victim of wage theft and got his money back after a case handled by the Attorney General’s Office
  • Dorothy Johnson Speight and Michelle Kerr SpryGun violence prevention activists who lost their children to gun violence.
  • Michelle Kennythe mother of Antwon Rose, who worked with the Attorney General’s Office to start a nationwide database of police misconduct.
  • Brandon KurzPenn State alum and former NFL player who lost his daughter to gun violence.
  • Tyrone ‘Cake’ Simsa 40-year-old volunteer basketball coach in Southwest Philly who runs a workshop for young black men who have been victims of gun violence.
  • Julian Bortz and Mary McHaleSurvivors of childhood sexual abuse by priests.
  • Donna Jacobsona mother whose daughter is recovering from a substance use disorder.
  • Danielle Chesneywho shared her story about her decision to have an abortion to save her life.
  • Jarrod betsOwner of Mr Vic’s Family Styling in Lancaster, small business owner
  • Tom Wheelera former Philadelphia police officer and a lifelong Republican who voted for governor-elect Shapiro.
  • Stephanie Mack and Brittany Siscathe wives of the Pennsylvania State Trooper Martin Mack and soldier Branden Siscawho were killed on duty last March.

Shapiro, a Democrat elected to two terms as attorney general, was the first Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate to win 3 million votes in November’s election.

Shapiro received 56.49% of the vote to Republican Senator Doug Mastriano’s 41.71%. Libertarian Matthew Hackenburg got 0.96%, Green Party candidate Christina PK Diguilio 0.46% and Keystone Party candidate Joseph Soloski 0.38%.

Shapiro ran unopposed during the May primary, focusing early on Donald Trump-backed candidate Mastriano.

The winner of the last six Governor’s Races has won by more than 200,000 votes. Only seven Pennsylvania governor’s races since 1900 came within 100,000 votes, the last time in 1986.

Until Shapiro’s election to succeed two-term governor Tom Wolf, Democrats had not held the governor’s residence for three consecutive terms since 1848. There had been no consecutive Democratic governors in Pennsylvania since 1955-63.

Once sworn in, Shapiro, 49, will become the youngest Pennsylvania governor since Mark Schweiker, 48, in 2001. Because Schweiker was promoted after Tom Ridge’s resignation, Shapiro will be the youngest-elected Pennsylvania governor since Dick Thornburgh in 1978.

During his campaign, Shapiro has highlighted his positions on abortion rights, education, criminal justice, voting rights and health care.

Shapiro says he will support and defend Pennsylvania’s abortion laws up to 23 weeks of pregnancy with consultation with a doctor and after 24 weeks if a woman’s life or health is at risk.

Shapiro’s Handpicked Lt. gov. Austin Davis was also sworn in Tuesday, making him Pennsylvania’s first African-American lieutenant governor. Between the resignation of Lt. gov. John Fetterman of his office in the US Senate and the swearing in of Davis, served as Acting Lieutenant Governor Kim Ward, Pro Tempore of the State Senate, for about two weeks.

Davis will be sworn in during a state Senate session beginning at 10 a.m

Prior to serving as Pennsylvania Attorney General, Shapiro served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for Montgomery County. Josh Shapiro is sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 48th governor

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