Gov. Josh Shapiro moved one step closer to rounding out his cabinet with the announcement that he has nominated Michelle Henry to serve as Attorney General.
Henry, 53, who presently serves as Acting Attorney General, is nominated to fill out the remainder of Shapiro’s term and her selection has been sent to the Senate for advice and consent. Henry has risen from intern in the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office to now serve as the chief law enforcement officer for the Commonwealth.
“I’m proud to nominate my former First Deputy Michelle Henry to serve out the remainder of my term as Attorney General,” said Shapiro in a statement.
“As an experienced prosecutor and a talented leader, Michelle has spent decades in public service pursuing justice for victims, protecting consumers’ rights, and fighting for people in every corner of Pennsylvania. I have complete confidence in her ability to represent the Commonwealth, and I look forward to continuing to work together to ensure the people of Pennsylvania can be safe and feel safe in their communities.”
Before serving as First Deputy Attorney General, Henry dedicated over 20 years of her career to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office – taking on critical jobs including Chief of Major Crimes, Chief of Child Abuse, and First Assistant. She was appointed Bucks County District Attorney with a bipartisan vote in 2008.
As First Deputy Attorney General under Shapiro, Henry was responsible for overseeing all of the Office’s legal matters, including criminal cases to seek justice for victims, civil suits representing the Commonwealth and public protection cases fighting for the rights of Pennsylvania consumers.
“The work Governor Shapiro did in the Office of Attorney General is the gold standard in restoring institutional integrity,” said Henry. “I am humbled by the trust Governor Shapiro has placed in me and Pennsylvanians should expect the Office of Attorney General to stay strong, be bold, and continue to do groundbreaking work on their behalf under my stewardship. Public service is what drives the dedicated employees of this office to work hard and stand up for the kids, consumers, and victims of crime when they need a fighter on their side. As Attorney General, I will be dedicated to making sure this work continues nonstop and that this office will always have Pennsylvanian’s backs.”