Governor-elect Josh Shapiro has announced two more appointments to his executive team, selecting Akbar Hossain and Mike Vereb to the positions of Secretary of Policy and Planning and Secretary of Legislative Affairs, respectively.
Hossain currently serves as Executive Director of the Shapiro-Davis Transition and who served as Policy Director on Shapiro’s gubernatorial campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, he was a white collar government investigations attorney at a national law firm and served as a law clerk to Judge Harvey Bartle, III of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Hossain has a Bachelor’s Degree from Franklin & Marshall College and a Juris Doctor from University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Vereb currently serves as Director of Government Affairs for the Office Attorney General. Previously, he was a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 150th legislative district from 2007-2017. He also served as president of the West Norriton Township Board of Commissioners prior to his election to the House. Before working in politics, Vereb worked for the West Conshohocken Police Department following graduation from the Montgomery County Police Academy in 1986.
“Akbar Hossain and Mike Vereb have decades of public service experience between them, and they will be critical to crafting a policy agenda that meets Pennsylvanians’ needs and building a broad coalition in support of that vision,” said Shapiro. “Akbar is one of the brightest minds on policy in Pennsylvania, and he will help us improve our kids’ schools, create an economy that lifts everyone up, and make communities across Pennsylvania safer. I’ve known Mike Vereb since we served together in the Legislature – he is an accomplished public servant who knows how to bring people together and fight for all Pennsylvanians. Both Akbar and Mike bring deep expertise in their fields and a strong commitment to public service, and I am confident in their abilities to help our Administration move our Commonwealth forward.”
“It is an honor to serve Governor-Elect Shapiro as Policy Secretary and help him fulfill his promise to deliver real results for all Pennsylvanians,” said Hossain. “There are people across Pennsylvania who are still looking for the same shot I was given, and it’s our responsibility to serve them. Governor-Elect Shapiro is working toward growing an economy that works for all people – because at the end of the day, that’s what helped my family – and ensuring that every child receives a quality education, because I wouldn’t be here without that opportunity.”
“I am humbled that Governor-Elect Shapiro has entrusted me with this great responsibility – a responsibility to bring people together, restore civility, and get things done in Harrisburg,” said Vereb. “I’ve spent my career building relationships with people on both sides of the aisle, and I look forward to building a broad coalition to pass Governor-Elect Shapiro’s agenda into law and make a real difference for the people of Pennsylvania.”
I had several dealings with Vereb when he was my Rep in Harrisburg. He was rude and condescending most of the time. Calling him “bi-partisan” is a joke. Once a cop, always a cop – with the attitude that entails. This is a sop to the R’s in the state senate.
Lots of bias showing! Governor Shapiro is a brilliant public servant and knows Mr. Vereb a lot better than you do.
Vereb? Mistake number 1, Josh.
Only time will tell. Use your real name and stand by your words.