John's Record

Advancing Women's Issues

Labor's Choice

Protecting Minorities

Advancing Women's Issues

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.

Labor's Choice

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.

Protecting Minorities

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:


  • Hired Northampton  County's first 2 African American Assistant  District Attorneys ( 2  females) fulfilling a campaign promise made to  NAACP leaders.
  • Hired  Northampton County's  first African- American County Detective.
  • Hired Northampton County's first Hispanic Assistant  District Attorney
  • Hired Northampton County's first Hispanic County Detective
  • Signed numerous U VISA's to allow undocumented immigrants who are the victims/witnesses of  crime to be protected
  • Enforced the state's Ethnic Intimidation law to support  a young African American student who was being harassed
  • Supported the expansion of crimes that can be expunged from criminal records and " Ban the Box" campaign
  • Successfully lobbied the Pennsylvania District Attorneys  Association to  support the Black Caucus effort to study and oppose  racial profiling  practices in Pennsylvania
  • Personally and successfully  led an  effort to obtain the pardon  of an African American man whose only crime  was to help a young woman  obtain an abortion 40 years ago
  • Worked with State Senator Anthony Williams to end the discriminatory practice known as "credit scoring."
  • Authorized funds to help a well known African American community leader run a summer basketball league for disadvantaged kids
  • Worked closely with local NAACP leaders to ensure fair treatment of African Americans in the criminal justice system
  • Participated as a "presenter" in a statewide   conference in Philadelphia on "Crime in the Black Community" in 2000.