Emgage Action Endorses Pakistani-American Joe Khan for Pennsylvania Attorney General

By A Correspondent
If elected, Joe Khan will be the firstever Pakistani American to become attorney general of a US state. (Photo courtesy, Joe Khan’s campaign website)

Emgage Action, a national political action committee that champions an inclusive and pluralistic America, has thrown its weight behind Joe Khan (D) in his quest for the position of Pennsylvania Attorney General. The endorsement underscores Khan’s commitment to engaging with Muslim communities across the Commonwealth and safeguarding the rights of Muslim Pennsylvanians.

In a statement, Emgage Action expressed confidence in Khan’s ability to uphold the values cherished by the Muslim American community. “Mr. Khan’s dedication to inclusivity and justice aligns with our mission,” the organization declared.

Khan, whose family history reflects the rich tapestry of American diversity, resonates with voters on multiple levels. The son of a Muslim immigrant from Pakistan and a Catholic nurse, he grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia. His unique background informs his approach to public service, emphasizing unity and understanding.

“I’m only here because, six decades ago, my father arrived in this country from Pakistan, seeking a better life,” Khan shared. “Back then, we didn’t face a President calling for a ban on all Muslims. Today, I am honored to receive Emgage Action’s endorsement as a trusted ally committed to protecting our community from attacks on our rights.”

The endorsement from Emgage Action comes hot on the heels of another significant nod. Khan emerged as one of the seven Attorney General candidates recommended by The Beacon Coalition, a 501©(4) organization formed after the October 7th Hamas attacks. The Beacon Coalition focuses on education and advocacy related to political leaders’ stances on antisemitism and Jewish well-being. Their endorsement cited Khan’s unwavering support for the Jewish community.

Khan’s campaign emphasizes bridging divides and restoring faith in the Democratic party. As the sole statewide candidate endorsed by Emgage, he stands out in the upcoming Pennsylvania primary. Notably, Emgage has urged Democratic voters to write in “Uncommitted” for President, signaling their commitment to thoughtful decision-making.

Drawing inspiration from his own journey, Khan remarked, “I attended the University of Chicago Law School, where I studied under Professor Barack Obama. Like me, he had a Muslim immigrant father, a Christian American mother, and a childhood marked by the feeling of being different.”

As the race for Pennsylvania Attorney General heats up, Joe Khan’s coalition of supporters continues to grow, reflecting the diverse fabric of the state and the nation. His endorsement by Emgage Action underscores the importance of fostering an America that values every community and protects the rights of all citizens.

Khan’s family, which includes Muslim, Jewish, and Christian relatives, lives in the Central Bucks School District (where they worked to vote extremists off of their school board last year). For ten years, he served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which includes Philadelphia and its suburbs, the Lehigh Valley, and Berks and Lancaster counties. He began his career in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where he specialized in prosecuting child abuse, sexual assault, hate crimes, and domestic violence. He is currently a partner at Curtin and Heefner in Bucks County.

Khan’s Campaign Raises $1 Million

In advance of final regular reporting deadline of April 8, Joe Khan’s campaign announced that it has now raised over $1 million, after bringing in over $250,000 since the last campaign finance reporting period ending March 4, 2024.

“Our campaign is surging at exactly the right time,” said campaign manager Jonathan Miller. “Joe’s unmatched legal experience, inclusive vision and uniquely American story have inspired a broad and diverse coalition that is excited to support his historic candidacy. At a time when many communities are losing confidence in the Democratic Party, Joe is the candidate who can re-engage these communities and restore faith to support our candidates up and down the ticket.”

The campaign has invested significant resources in building Khan’s political profile across the Commonwealth and in recent weeks has executed a robust paid communications plan. These investments have paid off as Khan has received an increase in fundraising and political support, including endorsements from more than 50 elected officials and 20 political organizations such as Clean Air Action, Emgage Action, The Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance (API PA), Indian American Impact, Second Generation, AFSCME Local 1739. the Philadelphia Metal Trades Council, the Bucks County Democratic Committee, and nearly every “open” Democratic ward committee in Philadelphia,

The son of a Muslim immigrant and Catholic nurse who grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia, Khan and his two sons, Sam and Nathan, live in the Central Bucks School District (where they worked to vote extremists off of their school board last year). For ten years, he served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which includes Philadelphia and its suburbs, the Lehigh Valley, and Berks and Lancaster counties. He began his career in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where he specialized in prosecuting child abuse, sexual assault, hate crimes, and domestic violence. He is currently a partner at Curtin and Heefner in Bucks County.

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