John Morganelli has been in the forefront of job equality for women, and has been a leader in advancing women into leadership positions in the criminal justice system. Upon taking office as district attorney in 1992, John immediately hired additional female prosecutors increasing the percentage of female prosecutors from 1% to 50%. Additionally, he has placed women into positions of leadership. He appointed a woman to the position of First Deputy District Attorney in 2007, the first time in the county's history that a woman held the second highest position in the office. He also appointed female prosecutors to head up almost all of the district attorney's divisions including the Domestic Violence Unit, the Violent Crime Unit, the Appellate Unit, the Sexual Assault Unit , the Drug Unit and the DUI unit. He also named a woman to be the county's first Victims Advocate.
John has also addressed issues that are of particular interest to women. As a husband and the father of 3 children, he has been in the forefront of addressing violence against women and in protecting children. In 1998, he established the county's first Domestic Violence Unit and Child Sexual Assault Unit. He has aggressively prosecuted those who prey on children including but not limited to the international pursuit of child abductors and child predators.
John Morganelli comes from a hard-working, blue collar, ethnic family. John's paternal grandparents immigrated from Italy. His paternal grandfather, Angelo Morganelli, was a shoemaker and later worked for the PB &NE Railroad. John's maternal grandparents were Irish. His maternal grandfather, Owen McFadden, worked at the Iron Foundry at Bethlehem Steel. His grandmothers were homemakers.
John's father, John A. Morganelli, was a construction worker for the most of his life. He worked for over 30 years as an oiler in the Operating Engineers Union of Eastern Pennsylvania Local #542. He also worked as a laborer and at Bethlehem Steel where he was a member of the AFL/CIO. Upon retiring from construction work, he worked for the Bethlehem Housing Authority where he was a member of the Teamster's Union.
John's mother, Marguerite Morganelli, worked at Berkron's Manufacturing and Gamet Inc as a seamstress. She was a member of ILGWU. She later left that job to be a full time homemaker.
John's father completed 6 years of formal education and his mother 11 years. John was taught early the importance of hard work and education. He was the first in his family to attend college. While working his way through college, he held many jobs including concrete work, running a jack hammer and paving highways.
As a private attorney, John represented a labor union, the Bethlehem Corporation Employees Association and represented men and women injured on the job. As DA, he has enforced the Workers Compensation Law, the Misclassification Act and prosecuted those who attempted to defraud a union's collected union dues.
As a candidate for DA and Attorney General, John has been endorsed by and has received the support from numerous labor unions.
John Morganelli was born and raised in a diverse ethnic neighborhood on Bethlehem's south side. At an early age, John embraced the ideals and goals of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. As a lawyer and as DA, John has supported efforts of the Democratic Party and civil rights activists to increase minority representation in all areas of society and to ensure opportunities and fairness. John has done the following: