Fetterman elected as lieutenant governor; aims to first streamline pardon process

Justin Udo
November 06, 2018 - 9:29 pm
John Fetterman

Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's reelection win means the state gets a new democratic lieutenant governor.

Until Tuesday, John Fetterman's highest elected position was the mayor of the small western Pennsylvania town of Braddock, an office he said will help him in his new role as lieutenant governor of the state.

"It actually provides a very useful experience for the office because there's a lot of smaller communities, there's a lot of marginalized communities," he said. "There's a lot of economic struggling communities in Pennsylvania. I think that's really important."

Fetterman said his role as lieutenant governor will be about having Wolf's back and "building on his legacy."

He said he will push for Wolf's initiatives, but one of the first he wants to help spearhead is streamlining the pardon process in Pennsylvania.

"That's going to be one of the signature things we're going to begin working on as soon as we can," he added. "Really using the office as a platform to lobby for really core, progressive, democratic values."