Governor Shapiro Reestablishes Advisory Commissions to Give Pennsylvanians a Voice in State Government

Governor Josh ShapiroGovernor Josh Shapiro speaks with the press. (Credit: Commonwealth Media Services)

PENNSYLVANIA — On Tuesday, Governor Josh Shapiro signed executive orders reestablishing five Governor’s Advisory Commissions – including the Commissions on African American Affairs, Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs, Latino Affairs, LGBTQ Affairs, and Women – and established a new Commission on Next Generation Engagement.

The Governor’s Advisory Commissions make recommendations to the Governor on policies and legislation that impact the Commonwealth and help ensure the communities they represent have a voice in state government. The newly established Commission on Next Generation Engagement recognizes that Pennsylvanians between the ages of 16-26 make unique, diverse, and valuable contributions to Pennsylvania. Governor Shapiro knows that next generation Pennsylvanians make important contributions to the Commonwealth and is committed to ensuring that this generation’s voice is heard in his Administration to address the issues that matter most to them.

“No matter what you look like, where you come from, who you love, or who you pray to – you have a place here in Pennsylvania. These advisory commissions will ensure all Pennsylvania communities have a seat at the table of progress in my Administration,” said Governor Shapiro. “Moriah, Razin, Ruby, Anette, Olga, and Henry are dedicated public servants ready to serve the Commonwealth and ensure that all Pennsylvanians see themselves reflected in state government – and I’m proud to appoint them as we continue working to build a better future for our Commonwealth.”

Each commission will allow for up to 30 members representing diverse backgrounds, careers, regions, and political affiliations. Led by the executive directors, the commissioners bring unique perspectives to their work to ensure that all Pennsylvania communities are represented in the Shapiro Administration and to improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians.

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