Jonathan Newman, whose parents owns an interest in such greats as Nihilator and who has owned and bred horses himself, was sworn in as chairman of the Pennsyvlania Harness Racing Commission on Tuesday at the commission's June meeting at the new hotel and convention center at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Newman was nominated by Gov. Tom Corbett and was confirmed by the state Senate on Monday. He takes over the commission chairman seat previously held by Roy Wilt, who resigned. Newman previously served as a member of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, which regulates Thoroughbred racing in the state.
Newman told the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader "harness racing is home for me. I love the sport of harness racing.”
Newman, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., is an attorney and was once a Republican Congressional candidate. His mother, Sandra Newman, is a former Pennsylvania state Supreme Court Justice. His father, Dr. Julius Newman, became well-known as a plastic surgeon.