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.