Senate Votes Down Nomination of Jennifer Storm as Victim Advocate

(HARRISBURG) – The State Senate today voted down the nomination of Jennifer Storm as Pennsylvania’s Victim Advocate, due to numerous concerns regarding her credibility and qualifications, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25).

“Pennsylvania’s Victim Advocate must be a qualified individual who puts the needs of victims first, while adhering to the highest level of ethical standards.  It is immensely troubling that Jennifer Storm is currently being investigated by the State Ethics Commission, a fact which she failed to disclose to the majority of members of the Senate.

“It is also extremely problematic that in September, Ms. Storm personally advocated before the Board of Pardons for commutation of the sentence of Felix Rosado, a convicted murderer, without ever speaking to the victim’s family.  As noted in records ‘an official from The Office of Victim Advocate testified in support of Rosado’s commutation, which was the first time a member of that office has given support for the commutation of an incarcerated person.’”

“In addition, Ms. Storm is not a licensed attorney, which we believe to be crucial to ensure that victims are provided with the highest standard of representation and guidance at a time when they are most vulnerable.  Governor Wolf should appoint a Victim Advocate who is a licensed attorney and who acts as a true advocate for victims. Jennifer Storm does not meet either of those qualifications.”

CONTACT: Kate Flessner kflessner@pasen.gov   717-787-7084