Austin Davis made history on Tuesday, becoming the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s first Black Lieutenant Governor.
Davis, 33, served as a state representative during the last session of the General Assembly but will now serve as president of the state Senate, chair of the Board of Pardons and on the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council.
After his swearing in by President Judge Kim Berkeley Clark, Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Davis tied fellow Democrat Mark Singel as the second-youngest among elected Pennsylvania lieutenant governors. William Scranton III was the youngest at 31 when he took office in 1979.
“Today, the son of a union bus driver and a hairdresser, a boy who grew up in a small steel town often overlooked by those in power, a young man driven to his first city council meeting to demand action on gun violence after it reached his neighborhood, is being inaugurated to the second highest position in our Commonwealth,” said Davis during remarks to gathered dignitaries in the Senate chamber.
“I say to all the young people watching right now, who are worried and unsure about their future – that the American Dream is alive and well in Pennsylvania. That no matter how you grew up, no matter where you come from, or what you look like – this Commonwealth will always be a place where you can create your own destiny.”
Davis, who is now the youngest lieutenant governor in the country, spoke about the current political climate in the country.
“At a time when our politics has become mean, divisive, and simply out of touch with the needs of those it is meant to serve, I have come away with a singular message from the conversations I have had – Pennsylvanians want leaders who will put delivering real results for them and their families above all else.
“Because of this, I say to my colleagues in the Senate and the House that we must no longer measure our success through the counting of insignificant political points, or transient headlines. Our success must be measured by the results we deliver for Pennsylvanians and their families. The only victories that matter are those achieved on behalf of the people we serve.
He concluded with a promise.
“Here is one more promise from myself and Josh to all of you here today, watching at home and to Pennsylvanians in every corner of this commonwealth: we won’t let you down.