Senate OK’s DelCo Republican for judge

Delaware County Republican Chairman Tom McGarrigle welcomed the Pennsylvania Senate’s confirmation of Gov. Tom Wolf’s nomination of Judge Andrea Puppio to fill a judicial vacancy on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. Wolf’s nomination of Judge Puppio was confirmed by an overwhelming 47-2 vote of approval on Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Senate.

Judge Andrea Puppio during her confirmation.

“I have known Andrea Puppio for nearly two decades and I have no doubt that she will make an excellent addition to the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas,” said McGarrigle.

“She has earned herself an excellent reputation as a knowledgeable, fair, and impartial judge. Judge Puppio is known for her balanced approach in the courtroom, treating litigants with respect but being tough when the situation calls for it. While we may be from different political parties, I thank Gov. Wolf for nominating a judge of Puppio’s caliber and the Democratic senators who set aside partisan politics to join Republicans in confirming her based on her qualifications.”

On Tuesday morning prior to the senate confirmation vote, Sen. Tim Kearney — a Democrat who represents the 26th Senatorial District in Delaware County — praised Puppio in remarks to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I am confident she has the experience and the intellect to get to work immediately and faithfully serve the people of Delaware County,” said Kearney who joined the committee hearing remotely. “Judge Puppio is currently a magisterial district judge in Delaware County, a position she has held for over 18 years. In this role, she presided over everything from traffic hearings to truancy hearings and criminal hearings. Prior to joining the bench, she worked in private practice and in the public sector, including serving as a law clerk for a judge in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, an experience that will undoubtedly serve her well… I commend Judge Puppio’s willingness to temporarily serve in this position and bring her wealth of experience to the Court of Common Pleas and I appreciate the chance to introduce her to you today.”

Video of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, including Kearney’s remarks, can be viewed here.

Judge Puppio has served as a magisterial district judge for the 32-1-32 district court in Springfield for 18 years. She was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in May 2019 to serve as a member of the Court of Judicial Discipline, which is charged with hearing and ruling on charges of judicial misconduct within the state judiciary, as well as imposing sanctions. As a magisterial district judge, Puppio’s judicial duties include traffic and non-traffic hearings, truancy hearings, criminal arraignments, and preliminary hearings. She was first appointed to the position by former Gov. Ed Rendell in December 2002 and she has been re-elected twice by local voters.

In her capacity as a magisterial district judge, Puppio worked closely with the Springfield School District to develop a program to address truancy in the school system. She also speaks regularly at Home and School Association meetings where she shares information with parents, including new patterns of behavior in the students, trends, and other concerns.  Since 2017, Judge Puppio has served on the Springfield Cares Coalition, a unified effort to address substance use disorder through positive actions and caring responses. Prior to her Senate confirmation today, Puppio served as Vice President of the Board of the Delaware County Magisterial District Judges’ Association.

A resident of Springfield Township and mother of two children, Judge Puppio received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1990 and her law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1993. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Puppio was an associate at a plaintiff’s litigation law firm and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank T. Hazel in the Court of Common Pleas in Delaware County.


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