Pennsylvania’s Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro will highlight four main themes in his inaugural address on Tuesday beginning approximately at noon.
Following a program consisting of invocations by clergy members of differing faiths, as well as musical performances from groups around the Commonwealth, the 48th Governor of Pennsylvania will speak to familiar themes from the campaign, according to senior Shapiro aides.
Shapiro will highlight his record in taking on big fights and standing up for the people of Pennsylvania, citing some of the examples from the experiences of 14 special guests he has invited on stage during his inauguration.
The speech is expected to include acknowledgments of four people in particular whose stories inspired Shapiro and fueled his drive to serve.
He will also tout his top priorities – education, a strong economy and safe communities. Shapiro has oft noted that his goal is for an economy that works for everyone and lifts everybody up in efforts to bring people together. He will also speak to the problems of gun violence in the Commonwealth.
Shapiro will also touch on the challenges facing democracy not only in the country but also in the Commonwealth. He will highlight how Pennsylvania’s democracy is still a work in progress and challenge residents of the state to get off the sideline, get in the game, and do their part.
He will also speak on his role to protect and defend democracy and advancing it through his policies as the state’s chief executive.
The former Attorney General still has two unfilled spots on his cabinet – general services and inspector general – and it is expected that those announcements could be made by the end of the week.
The day will conclude with an inaugural celebration in Lancaster County at Rock Lititz with musical performances from Wiz Khalifa, Smokey Robinson and Mt. Joy.