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 Gov. Tom Corbett
Harrisburg, PA
Mr. Corbett is Governor of Pennsylvania. The former state Attorney General and a life-long resident of the Commonwealth, Mr. Corbett has been a key advisor to U.S. Presidents and Governors.
In the early 1980s, Mr. Corbett served President Ronald Reagan as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, specializing in prosecuting organized crime and drug cases. He was named as one of the first members of President Reagan's National Drug Task Force.
Following several years of private law practice, Corbett was called back to public service in 1989, when President George H.W. Bush appointed him to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. In the 1990s, Corbett provided criminal law and policy expertise to then-Congressman Tom Ridge, later filling several key roles in Governor Ridge's administration. Corbett planned the Governor's successful special session on crime and was appointed to chair the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, shaping criminal justice policy and working to improve drug and alcohol prevention and rehabilitation programs across the state.
In 1995, Corbett was appointed by Governor Ridge as Attorney General to fill the remainder of the current term. In 1997, he again returned to private practice, forming his own law firm, Thomas Corbett and Associates, which specializes in consultation and government relations. He continued that private practice until his election as Pennsylvania Attorney General in November 2004. He was re-elected in 2008.
Mr. Corbett's accomplishments as Attorney General brought him national recognition. Most notable were his efforts to protect children from internet predators, seniors from fraud and abuse, communities from gangs and the violence associated with illegal drugs and the citizens of Pennsylvania from abuse of power and government corruption.
Mr. Corbett served as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard 28th Infantry Division from 1971 until 1984, rising from private to captain. He received his undergraduate degree from Lebanon Valley College and taught civics and history in Pine Grove Area High School in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. In 1975, he received his law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.
He and his wife Susan are the proud parents of two children: Tom a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, and Katherine, a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.