Joseph Torsella

Party: Democrat
Position: State Treasurer
In office since: 2017
Next election: 2020
Previous occupations: US representative to the UN for budget and management reform; Chair of the PA Board of Education; Founding president and CEO of the National Constitution Center; Philadelphia deputy mayor for policy and planning; private business
Contact Information:
129 Finance Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Ethics and transparency

  • Increased transparency in the Treasurer’s Office by posting many financial reports online

  • Appointed a Chief Integrity Officer in the Treasurer’s Office

  • Banned third-party marketers for State investments

  • Publishes all contracts for State investments

  • Created an online system to report political contributions that State vendors make

  • Required all public employees to disclose their stock trades of State investments


  • Advocates for a State-managed IRA option for PA workers who have no 401K or other retirement options


  • Started a program to create college savings plans for all children born in PA


  • Ran for US Congress in 2004, but lost to Allyson Schwartz in the primary (source)

  • Announced a bid for US Senate in 2009, but later dropped out (source)