ABOVE PHOTO: Pennsylvania State Representative Austin Davis (Photo / pa.gov)
McKeesport, Pa .– State Representative Austin Davis (D-Allegheny) kicked off his campaign for Lieutenant Governor with unprecedented statewide support, including support from Attorney General Josh Shapiro, of the Governor Tom Wolf and all Democratic leaders in the State House and Senate, as well as with majorities in the Democratic caucus of both houses and elected leaders in federal and local offices.
“Pennsylvanians – from Westmoreland to West Philadelphia – deserve leaders who understand the issues they face and who can bring people together to get things done. Throughout his career, Austin Davis has fought for the people of western Pennsylvania and has stood up for families who work hard to make ends meet and communities that have been forgotten, ”Shapiro said. “When I was in charge of Montgomery County or now as Attorney General, I have always surrounded myself with people who bring different life experiences to my team – and I am proud to support Austin Davis because I know he will strengthen my administration as the next lieutenant. governor.”
“We need leaders in Pennsylvania who know how to work hard and fight for workers and communities like McKeesport, and that’s exactly what Attorney General Shapiro has done throughout his career,” Davis said. “Pennsylvanians, whatever their color, class or creed, need someone in their corner, and I look forward to taking on the big fights and getting things done as Lieutenant Governor in the United States. alongside our next Governor, Josh Shapiro. “
“I am incredibly proud to support Austin Davis as the next Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. As the son of a bus driver and hairdresser, Austin understands the challenges that hard-working families face in our Commonwealth because he has lived them, ”said the minority House leader, Joanna McClinton (D-191st Dist.). Austin’s life experience has guided his public service, from his time in the Allegheny County Executive Office to his hometown service of McKeesport at State House. As the first woman to lead the Democratic caucus, I understand what it means to have a workers voice heard in state government – and I know Austin will work every day to fight for the Pennsylvanians as the next lieutenant – governor.
“Austin Davis is a remarkable leader with a heart to serve. I saw him up close when he was an indispensable member of my team, always standing up for the interests of ordinary people when decisions were made, especially those of the working families of Allegheny County. Austin never forgot his upbringing in the Mon Valley and never stopped fighting for the people of his community, whether during his tenure as student body president of his high school startup programs for reduce youth violence, as an advisor to the county executive office. , or as a state representative, representing his hometown of McKeesport, ”said Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Director. “I could not be more proud to support Austin’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor and I have no doubt in my mind that he and Attorney General Shapiro will be transformational leaders for our Commonwealth.”
Growing up in Mon Valley in western Pennsylvania – a long-standing industrial center outside of Pittsburgh – Davis saw the struggles of working families firsthand. He saw his mother – a hairdresser at McKeesport for over 40 years – working hard to build a small business, and he saw his father working hard every day as an ATU bus driver.
In high school, when he felt young people needed a voice in city government, Austin founded and served as chairman of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council under the chairmanship of McKeesport Mayor Jim Brewster. Working with city leaders, Austin has helped tackle growing youth violence and provided McKeesport youth with more opportunities to get involved in civic life.
Austin is a first generation college graduate in his family, and after studying political science at the University of Pittsburgh, he began to pursue a career in public service. At the age of 21, the Tribune-Review called him a “veteran of the policy of helping others.”
In 2012, Davis joined Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, leading the Office’s Vision and Transition Teams early in the administration and as Fitzgerald’s representative on the Council of surveillance of prisons; the Kane Foundation; the Advisory Council on Minorities, Women and Disadvantaged Business; and the Shuman Detention Center Advisory Board.
In 2018, Davis successfully ran in the State House of Representatives to represent the Mon Valley and his hometown of McKeesport, becoming the first African American to serve as the State Representative for the 35th Allegheny County Legislative District, and one of four African-American legislators to represent a predominantly white district in Pennsylvania.
Currently, Austin is Chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation and Deputy Chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, as well as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Consumer Committee, assurances from the House and House Transport Committee. Austin is also a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, the Climate Caucus, and the PA SAFE Caucus.