Former Bucks County Solicitor Joe Khan announced that he is a candidate for Pennsylvania’s attorney general in 2024.
The 47-year-old Democrat from Doylestown Borough is a former prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He says he wants to tackle corporate and political corruption as the state’s top prosecutor.
“As the son of a Muslim immigrant and Catholic nurse who grew up in a Jewish neighborhood, I know that government has to work for everyone,” said Khan in a press announcement. “As a prosecutor, I’ve taken on the toughest challenges: gun violence, sexual assault and hate crimes. As a solicitor, I’ve defended our democracy from Donald Trump, stood up for abortion rights, and sued Big Pharma, Big Tech and polluters to hold them accountable. I’m running for Attorney General to continue my lifelong fight to keep people safe, tackle corporate and political corruption, and build a better world for our kids.”
He served on the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Asian Pacific American Affairs and founded Second Generation PAC, an organization committed to making sure first and second-generation immigrant Americans get on the ballot and win – just like his brother, State Rep. Tarik Khan.
“As a dad, I want my kids to grow up in a more just and equitable Pennsylvania,” said Khan. “I will be an Attorney General who defends the rights of every Pennsylvanian, including access to the ballot, abortion, a clean environment, affordable healthcare and public education. I want to keep our communities both safe and fair, and protect consumers, workers and taxpayers from corruption.”
Khan touts his work in fighting Trump and his lawyers all the way to the Supreme Court to protect the 2020 election, defeating attempts to purge voter rolls and preventing votes from being counted in Bucks County. He has also litigated numerous cutting edge lawsuits on Bucks County’s behalf in his time as solicitor, including a suit against social media companies for harm to the mental health of the county’s youth, legal action to prevent fracking in Delaware River Basin and a suit to go after PFAS manufacturers including 3M, DuPont and Tyco.
“Serving as the first South Asian member of the PA legislature and as parent who ran for office to show my kids that Pennsylvania can work for the many and not the few, I couldn’t be more excited about Joe Khan’s candidacy for Attorney General,” said state Sen. Nikil Saval (D-Philadelphia). “We need an Attorney General who will fight for immigrant communities and workers, to uphold justice and to protect our rights. Joe Khan has the values and the experience to make an incredible Attorney General.”
“Joe Khan’s work to bring corrupt politicians to justice, regardless of political party, gave my Allentown a new beginning and helped restore faith in government,” said Rep. Josh Siegel (D-Lehigh). “As Attorney General, Joe will balance the scales of justice and be a champion for the Pennsylvanians who are tired of watching greedy corporations, corrupt politicians and special interests bend the law to their benefit.”
Khan hopes to succeed Michelle Henry, who is completing the term of Gov. Josh Shapiro. She does not plan to run for election. Khan and Eugene DePasquale are the lone Democratic entrants into the race at this time.