Governor Tom Wolf nominates
Elliot Howsie to be appointed as the next Judge on the Court of Common Pleas
PITTSBURGH - Elliot Howsie has been nominated to be a judge on the Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny County, paving the way for an appointment to the bench and a definite candidacy in the 2021 Judicial Election.
Pennsylvania State Senator, Jay Costa, put Elliot's name forward for the governor's consideration.
“I was honored to recommend Elliot Howsie, Allegheny County Public Defender for the nomination to the Court of Common Pleas for Allegheny County. Earlier today, Governor Tom Wolf nominated Elliot to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Donna Jo McDaniel.
Mr. Howsie has the incredible breadth of work and life experience for this position, and I believe he will be an invaluable addition to the bench. His peers agree, and in addition to my and the Governor's support, he has the highest recommendation of the Bar Association. He possesses the requisite temperament and intellect for the job, and I look forward to his confirmation process in the coming weeks.”
This nomination guarantees that Elliot will be the individual who will fill the spot vacated when Judge Donna Jo McDaniel after she stepped down from the Court on January 31, 2019. Pending a State Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, this will be the quickest that a vacancy has been filled by a governor in more than four years, showing that Elliot was, by far, the best candidate to become a judge on the Court of Common Pleas.
Currently serving as the Director of the Office of the Public Defender in Allegheny County, Elliot Howsie will bring more than 20 years of experience practicing law as a defender and as a prosecutor to the bench. He is ‘Highly Recommended’ by the Allegheny County Bar Association and will be the fourth African American judge on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
“It is an honor to be selected by our Governor as a qualified addition to our Court System,” said Elliot Howsie. “Having grown up in a lower income community in Wilkinsburg, I know how the Criminal Justice System impacts the lives of the people that most often grace the front steps of our courts. Through my upbringing, my work experience on both sides of the courtroom, and my time in social services, I know the decisions made by judges have a generational impact on the lives of the people in our County.”
Since learning about the Governor’s nomination, the campaign has filed paperwork in Harrisburg to remove Elliot’s name from the 2019 Primary Election ballot. The campaign will see through scheduled meet and greets and put any leftover resources from fundraising efforts in 2019 toward the 2021 campaign to elect Elliot Howsie judge in accordance with judicial election law in Pennsylvania.
A message from the campaign:
Family, Friends, and Supporters,
We are thrilled to share that Elliot Howsie has been nominated by Governor Tom Wolf to be appointed as the next judge on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
We are extremely grateful to be considered for this opportunity and Elliot is looking forward to joining the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. In order to fully prepare for the State Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, that precedes an appointment, Elliot has withdrawn his name from the ballot.
Each appointed judge to the Allegheny County Court Of Common Pleas is required to run in the next judicial election. Once Elliot is appointed, the campaign will then look to 2021, the year of the next judicial election. With your continued support, we can ensure that our Court System is one that works for everyone.
Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do to assist Elliot in his efforts to become a judge on the Allegheny County Court Of Common Pleas.
Friends of Elliot Howsie