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Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs

Ian J. Harlow


Ian J. Harlow accepted the position of Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs for the Department of State in March 2019.

Prior to being appointed deputy secretary, Harlow was appointed Acting Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs in December 2014. He was nominated for Commissioner by Governor Tom Wolf and confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on June 26, 2015.

Harlow previously served as deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation. During that time, he was responsible for the daily operations of the Bureau, including the development of the budget, goals, policies, and procedures. He had direct oversight on multiple technical projects impacting operations including voting system certification, operation, and maintenance.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Harlow served in numerous capacities as a senior consultant for various local, state, federal and presidential elections. Additionally, he served as an adjunct instructor at Duquesne University where he taught courses in Political Science, Government, and Elections.

Harlow currently holds an Associate of Science degree in Web Programming, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interactive Media and Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in Social and Public Policy Analysis from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Harlow resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife Whitney, son Parker and daughter Hayden.