Malcolm Kenyatta makes history after winning primary for Pa. Auditor General

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta speaking at an "Out for Biden" campaign event in Harrisburg on April 9. 2024. (Photo: Sean Kitchen)

By Sean Kitchen

April 23, 2024

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, who was first elected to the state House in 2018, won the Democratic nomination for Pa. Auditor General and will challenge Republican Auditor General Timothy DeFoor in the fall.

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia) became the first openly gay man to be nominated by a major party for statewide office in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

Kenyatta defeated Lehigh County Controller Mark Pinsley in the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania Auditor General.

The Associated Press called the race with Kenyatta leading Pinsley throughout the evening and Kenyatta will face Republican incumbent Auditor General Timothy DeFoor in November.

Kenyatta was the favorite to win the primary election and received endorsements from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and all the major unions from across the commonwealth after promising to restore public school audits and establish a Bureau of Labor and Worker Protections, which will investigate wage theft and union busting.

Kenyatta was elected to the Pennsylvania House in 2018 and ran for the US Senate in 2022.


  • Sean Kitchen

    Sean Kitchen is the Keystone’s political correspondent, based in Harrisburg. Sean is originally from Philadelphia and spent five years working as a writer and researcher for Pennsylvania Spotlight.

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