Joanna McClinton Becomes First First Woman to Serve as Speaker of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives

State Representative Joanna McClinton speaks with the press.  Governor Tom Wolf hosted a press conference with the First Lady, members of Planned Parenthood and other public officials discussing the potential dismantling of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision to protect access to abortion and reaffirmed his stance to protect abortion access in Pennsylvania.  May 04, 2022 - Philadelphia, PA
State Representative Joanna McClinton speaks with the press. Governor Tom Wolf hosted a press conference with the First Lady, members of Planned Parenthood and other public officials discussing the potential dismantling of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision to protect access to abortion and reaffirmed his stance to protect abortion access in Pennsylvania. May 04, 2022 - Philadelphia, PA

In honor of Women’s History Month we are celebrating Representative Joanna McClinton.  On February 28, 2023 in Harrisburg Joanna McClinton was elected the first woman to serve as speaker of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in the chamber’s near 250-year history.

During McClinton’s first speech after her election she spoke about the importance of coming bipartisanship and coming together to create a better future.

“I’m confident if we collaborate rather than criticize, debate rather than disparage and replace shortsighted political gain with sincere cooperation – this body can do better – and will do better. Today can be our fresh start. Each of us is here because our neighbors have placed their trust in us. And that collective trust is what empowers us to act in the interest of our communities and to advance Pennsylvania for the common good.”

McClinton is a lifelong resident of Southwest Philadelphia and a graduate of Grace Temple Christian Academy. She received her bachelors from  La Salle University before continuing her education at Villanova University School of Law.

Before she was first elected in 2015, McClinton was an assistant public defender for seven years and became assistant chief of the East Zone. In 2013, Speaker McClinton became chief counsel to state Sen. Anthony Hardy William. 

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