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Humphreys, Mumin, Cook Confirmed For Cabinet Posts

Mike Humhpreys, Khalid Mumin, Tom Cook

Three more appointees to Gov. Josh Shapiro’s cabinet were approved by the Pennsylvania state senate on Monday.

Mike Humphreys was confirmed as Insurance Commissioner. He brings more than 15 years of insurance experience to this role. Prior to his nomination, Humphreys served as Chief of Staff for the Insurance Department for more than three years, and previously, as Assistant Commissioner for Insurance at the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth as Insurance Commissioner under Governor Shapiro’s dedicated leadership,” said Humphreys. “Governor Shapiro is leading the charge on holding insurers accountable and ensuring that insurance is affordable and effective for all, and I look forward to carrying out his vision of an industry that works for every Pennsylvanian.”

Khalid Mumin was confirmed as Secretary of Education. He joins the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) with over 25 years of experience in education – previously serving as a teacher, dean of students, principal, and central administrator. Mumin most recently served as the Superintendent of Schools at Lower Merion School District. He also served as Superintendent of Reading School District, where he was named the 2021 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators. His experience promoting student achievement, equity, and access to educational programming for all students and commitment to fiscal responsibility has earned him national recognition as a “School Board Savvy Superintendent.”

“I am firm in my belief that students learn in different ways, and highly effective educators are leaders who ignite learners’ interest, passion, and focus on meeting high expectations in all educational settings,” added Mumin. “As Secretary of Education, I will remain committed to supporting education systems with resources and information to provide instruction that is high-quality, engaging, and aligned with the needs of the workforce of the future.”

Tom Cook was confirmed as State Fire Commissoner. Before serving in the Shapiro Administration, He was the Deputy Fire Commissioner under Governor Tom Wolf. Prior to that, Cook was the administrator of the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy with oversight of the firefighter training system for the Commonwealth. He also held the position of assistant fire chief of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, overseeing the day-to-day operations of a 700-person department.

“I am truly honored to be nominated by the Governor to serve in this role and humbled by the opportunity that lays before the Office of State Fire Commissioner,”Cook said. “Fire departments across the Commonwealth are facing ongoing challenges such as recruitment, safety, and revenue shortfalls, and I look forward to working with Governor Shapiro and the General Assembly to find solutions to these challenges and continue to further public safety in Pennsylvania.”

There are still remaining appointments to be considered by the Senate. Article IV, Sec. 8 (b) of PA constitution says Senate needs to act on governor’s cabinet nominees within 25 legislative days. If they don’t “the nominee shall take office as if the appointment had been consented to by the Senate.


Cabinet Members Confirmed (14)

  • Michelle Henry, Attorney General
  • Christopher Paris, State Police Commissioner
  • Mark J. Schindler, Adjutant General
  • Jason P. Kavulich, Secretary of the Department of Aging
  • Frederick C. “Rick” Siger, Secretary of Community & Economic Development
  • Michael B. Carroll, Secretary of Transportation
  • Russell Redding, Secretary of Agriculture
  • Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Reggie McNeil, Secretary of General Services
  • Latika Davis-Jones, Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs
  • Nancy Walker, Secretary of Labor and Industry
  • Mike Humphreys, Insurance Commissioner
  • Khalid Mumin, Secretary of Education
  • Tom Cook, State Fire Commissioner


Still Awaiting Confirmation

  • Val Arkoosh, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Debra Bogen, Secretary of Health
  • Pat Browne, Secretary of Revenue
  • Sarah Hammer, Secretary of Banking and Securities
  • Rich Negrin, Secretary of Environmental Protection
  • Al Schmidt, Secretary of the Commonwealth


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