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Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs

Peter Speaks

Peter Speaks was appointed Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs, February 23, 2015.
As Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs, Peter will oversee the Bureaus of Corporations and Charitable Organizations, the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs and the State Athletic Commission. 
Peter has extensive experience in senior leadership and management within Pennsylvania state government.  Prior to his appointment, Peter served as Special Counsel to Senator Vincent Hughes, Minority Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  He provided legal and policy advice as it related to the allocation of state funds.
Peter was the former Deputy Secretary and Special Advisor to Governor Rendell for Minority, Women and Disadvantage Business Development at the Department of General Services.  His government activity also includes work as the Deputy Auditor General for Performance Audits and Director of Public Assistance Audits for the Pennsylvania Auditor General and Director of the Office of Hearings and Appeals for the former Department of Public Welfare.  He has also worked in the private sector as Chief of Litigation and Director of Government Relations for two separate firms.
Peter is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.  He earned his Juris Doctor from Hasting College of Law, San Francisco, California.
He resides in Dauphin County with his wife Jackie.