Kathleen Kane (politician)

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Kathleen G. Kane
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Elect
Taking office
January 15, 2013
SucceedingLinda L. Kelly
Personal details
BornKathleen Granahan Kane
ca. 1967[1]
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Chris Kane
Children2
ResidenceClarks Summit, Pennsylvania
Alma materUniversity of Scranton (B.S.)
Temple University (J.D.)
ProfessionAttorney, politician
ReligionRoman Catholic
WebsiteCampaign website
 
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Kathleen G. Kane
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Elect
Taking office
January 15, 2013
SucceedingLinda L. Kelly
Personal details
BornKathleen Granahan Kane
ca. 1967[1]
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Chris Kane
Children2
ResidenceClarks Summit, Pennsylvania
Alma materUniversity of Scranton (B.S.)
Temple University (J.D.)
ProfessionAttorney, politician
ReligionRoman Catholic
WebsiteCampaign website
This article is about the Pennsylvania Politician. For the author who has written under the pseudonym Kathleen Kane, see Maureen Child

Kathleen Granahan Kane (born c. 1967) is an American lawyer and politician and was elected Pennsylvania Attorney General on November 6, 2012. She won the Democratic primary election over former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, on April 24, 2012[2] and then beat Republican David Freed in the general election. She is the first woman to be elected attorney general of Pennsylvania (although two other women, Anne X. Alpern and Linda L. Kelly, have held the office as appointees).[3][4]

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Education and early career

Kane received a Bachelor of Science degree in international studies from the University of Scranton in 1988.[2] She earned her law degree from Temple University Law School in Philadelphia in 1993.[2] Kane currently resides in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Chris Kane, and their two sons.[2] Her husband is an executive for Kane Is Able, Inc., a Kane family warehouse and trucking company headquartered in Scranton, Pennsylvania.[5]

Kane worked for the Post & Schell P.C. law firm in Philadelphia from 1991 to 1995, where she focused on civil cases and civil litigation.[6][7] She then served as an assistant district attorney for Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, from 1995 to 2007.[2] Kane prosecuted thousands of criminal cases during her thirteen year tenure in the district attorney's office.[5] She initially worked on the sexual abuse unit with the D.A.'s office.[6][7] Kane focused on cases involving the abuse of children and the elderly.[5] She also prosecuted numerous criminal cases involving white collar crime, fraud, murder, and public corruption.[6]

Political career

Kane left the Lackawanna district attorney's office in 2007 to take a position with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.[5] She has worked for a private law firm in Scranton, Pennsylvania, since 2007.[2]

Attorney General

Kane announced her candidacy for Pennsylvania Attorney in the 2012 election. She earned the endorsements of former President Bill Clinton and the Philadelphia Inquirer during the Democratic primary.[5][6] Her primary opponent, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, was endorsed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.[5] Kane won the Democratic primary election on April 24, 2012, with 53% of the vote, defeating Murphy who garnered 47%.[3]

Kane faced and defeated Republican David Freed, the district attorney of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, in the 2012 general election for Attorney General. Freed was unopposed in the Republican primary election for attorney general.[2]

References

  1. ^ O'Brien, John (2011-05-24). "Pennsylvania Has New Attorney General". LegalNewsline. LegalNewsline.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-02. http://www.webcitation.org/5z91jEb1F. Retrieved 2011-06-02. "The Pennsylvania Senate confirmed Gov. Tom Corbett's new choice to be attorney general Monday in a unanimous vote. Linda Kelly was picked by Corbett, the former attorney general in his first year as governor, in February. She will replace interim attorney general William Ryan and serve the rest of Corbett's term, having promised not to run for the position in the 2012 election."
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Micek, John L. (2012-04-13). "Two Pennsylvania Democrats vying for attorney general, Kathleen Kane or Patrick Murphy will face off in primary, with Republican David Freed waiting for winner.". The Morning Call. http://articles.mcall.com/2012-04-13/news/mc-pa-attorney-general-profile-20120411_1_attorney-tom-corbett-federal-prosecutor. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  3. ^ a b Murphy, Jan (2012-04-24). "Kathleen Kane captures Democratic nomination in Pa. attorney general race". Harrisburg Patriot-News (Pennlive.com). http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/04/kathleen_kane_captures_democra.html. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  4. ^ "Kathleen Kane For Attorney General". Intelligencer Journal. October 22, 2012. http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/760285_Kathleen-Kane-For-Attorney-General.html. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Jackson, Peter (2012-04-14). "Murphy-Kane race for AG a study in contrasts". Real Clear Politics. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/news/ap/politics/2012/Apr/14/murphy_kane_race_for_ag_a_study_in_contrasts.html. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  6. ^ a b c d "Experience tilts scale for Kane". Philadelphia Inquirer (editorial). 2012-04-12. http://articles.philly.com/2012-04-12/news/31331509_1_public-corruption-criminal-cases-fraud-cases. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  7. ^ a b "Murphy for the law: He's the better Democrat for attorney general". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (editorial). 2012-03-30. http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/editorials/murphy-for-the-law-hes-the-better-democrat-for-attorney-general-628871/. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
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2012
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