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Pat Browne Selected for Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro’s Cabinet

By Colin McEvoy on January 18, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro announced his selection of Pat Browne (pictured) for the post of Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue.

Pat Browne, who has spent the last 28 years serving the Lehigh Valley as a member of the Pennsylvania Senate and the state House of Representatives, will continue his record of public service as a cabinet member for the newly-elected Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro.

Shapiro announced this month his selection of Browne for the post of Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue, an appointment the Governor hopes will jump-start the state’s economy by cutting red tape, lowering taxes, and making it easier to do business in the Commonwealth.

“I am humbled to have this opportunity to serve the Governor and the people of Pennsylvania, and to join an Administration that will work everyday to move our Commonwealth forward,” Browne said in a news release.

Browne has always been a champion for economic development in the Lehigh Valley, and a dedicated partner and supporter for the efforts of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation to support and grow the regional economy.

“It is thanks to Pat Browne’s support that LVEDC has been able to implement many of the talent strategies and initiatives we’ve put into place over the last several years,” said LVEDC President & CEO Don Cunningham..

“We were able to get out ahead of other regions and states on the critical issue of talent supply and the closing of skills gaps in the workforce because of Pat’s early support on this topic,” Cunningham said. “He has been an extraordinary partner for LVEDC and a leader in economic development issues in the Lehigh Valley.

Browne has helped secure state grant funding for LVEDC’s talent strategies program and the work of the LVEDC Education and Talent Supply Council, which brings together the Lehigh Valley’s education, training, workforce community, and employers to understand the Lehigh Valley’s skills gaps and workforce needs and to help fortify the region’s talent pipeline.

The Council’s efforts are possible due to the funding obtained through Browne’s leadership, Cunningham said. Additionally, portions of this grant funding have helped enable the marketing and talent attraction efforts being done by the Made Possible in Lehigh Valley initiative.

“The Lehigh Valley is one of the country’s fastest-growing regions because of our strong diversified economy and outstanding quality of life,” Browne previously said. “LVEDC has played a tremendous role in building our globally competitive business climate in the Lehigh Valley, helping the economy to grow and stay on the cutting edge.”

Shapiro announced Browne’s selection as part of a bipartisan team of cabinet appointments that he hopes will use its experience in economic development and consumer protection to make Pennsylvania a national leader in innovation industries. Shapiro is a Democrat, and Browne is a Republican.

“At a time where Pennsylvania families are being crushed under a mountain of rising prices, we need leaders who will focus on reigniting Pennsylvania’s economy and providing relief for working families across the Commonwealth,” Shapiro said. “(These appointments) are dedicated to serving our Commonwealth by investing in key infrastructure projects, bringing a renewed focus to help small businesses and revive main streets in Pennsylvania, and working to ensure consumers and businesses are well-informed and protected.”

In addition to Browne, Shapiro announced the appointments of Rick Siger to be Secretary of Community and Economic Development; former state Rep. Michael Carroll to be Secretary of Transportation (PennDOT); and Sarah Hammer to be Secretary of Banking and Securities. The choices must be approved by the Pennsylvania Senate.

State Reps. Mike Schlossberg, Peter Schweyer and Josh Siegel, all Democrats, released a joint statement praising Shapiro’s appointment of Browne, calling him “a champion for the Lehigh Valley for years.”

“He’s worked across the aisle to advance increased investments in early learning, community schools, revitalization in our cities and towns and helped to put the Lehigh Valley on the map as a force for economic growth in the commonwealth,” the statement read. “These are not Democrat or Republican priorities, but Pennsylvania priorities.”

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