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Shannon Royer
Deputy Secretary for External Affairs and Elections

Deputy Secretary For External Affairs and ElectionsDeputy Secretary Royer was appointed February 7, 2011. He is responsible for the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, the State Athletic Commission and on behalf of the Secretary of the Commonwealth coordinates the Department of State’s Legislative Affairs Office, Policy Office and Press and Communications Office.

He brings his many years of public service experience to the Department of State. Deputy Secretary Royer served from 1996 to 2011 in various roles with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, most recently as a Regional Coordinator. Other hallmarks of his career include serving as a Special Assistant for the House Finance Committee during the Special Session on Property Tax Reform in 2005 and his 2001 role as the Southeastern Coordinator for the House Appropriations Committee’s Pennsylvania Economic Summit.

Deputy Secretary Royer also was elected to serve two terms on West Chester Borough Council, where he served from 1994-2002. During his eight years, he successfully worked on a variety of local government challenges, including municipal budgets, economic development, public safety policies, employment management issues and many other initiatives.

He has a long history of helping his local community. Deputy Secretary Royer served as a volunteer and in leadership positions with the West Chester Area Senior Center for 16 years, including two terms as the organization’s president. In 2007 he was honored by the Senior Center as the recipient of the President’s Award for his outstanding service. Deputy Secretary Royer has also served in leadership positions in numerous other organizations, including the West Chester Business Improvement District.

His career began as a District Aide to Congressman Robert Walker, where he handled constituent casework and constituent requests. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from West Chester University.

Deputy Secretary Royer resides in Chester County with his wife Allison and their three children.

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