Montgomery County Officials, Residents Witness Gov. Shapiro Taking Oath of Office

Gov. Josh Shapiro
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Gov. Josh Shapiro.

Montgomery County officials and residents came out in droves on Tuesday to witness Governor Josh Shapiro take the oath of office in Harrisburg, reported Rachel Ravina for The Reporter.

This was not surprising, considering Shapiro’s deep roots in Montgomery County.

He grew up in Dresher and will depart for the Governor’s Mansion in Harrisburg from his present home in Abington. While a Montgomery County resident, he served in several leadership positions locally and statewide.

Montgomery County Commissioner Vice Chairman Ken Lawrence, Jr., made the trek westward to support his friend of over two decades as he was sworn in.

“There was no way I was going to miss this moment,” said Lawrence. “I’m very proud of him. I thought he gave a great speech; everything was wonderful.”

Ardmore residents Stephanie Shell and Brian Doherty took an early train on Inauguration Day to ensure they got spectator seats on the bleachers in the state capital.

“We’re just so excited about the Shapiro administration,” said Shell. “[We] just wanted to show our support.”

Among the dignitaries on the stage behind Shapiro was nominee for Human Services Secretary Valerie Arkoosh, who is ending her term as chairwoman of Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

Read more about the ceremony for now-Gov. Josh Shapiro and the Montgomery County friends, colleagues, and supporters who witnessed it in The Reporter.


This video provides an overview of the entire inauguration of Gov. Josh Shapiro.

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