Governor Tom Corbett

Tom Corbett for Governor

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A Record Of Doing What Is Right For Pennsylvania

Since his inauguration as Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on January 18th, 2011, Tom Corbett has been fighting for the people of Pennsylvania.

By reducing spending for the first time in 40 years, cutting government waste and fraud, balancing state budgets without borrowing more or raising taxes on the middle class and opening up the Marcellus Shale for responsible exploration and development, Pennsylvania was able to close a $4.2 billion budget deficit, invest unprecedented funding in public education, create over 150,000 new private sector jobs and is on the verge of unchartered economic prosperity.

Tom Corbett has dedicated much of his life to serving others. After graduating from college, Tom spent a year as a civics and history teacher at Pine Grove Area High School in Schuylkill County. A few years after graduating from law school, Tom was hired by the Reagan administration as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, focusing on organized crime and drug enforcement. He was also one of the first members of President Reagan’s National Drug Task Force. In 1989, following several years of private law practice, he was appointed as the United States Attorney for Western Pennsylvania by President George H.W. Bush.

Tom Corbett offered his legal expertise as an advisor to Tom Ridge, a U.S. Congressman at the time, who would become Governor and appoint Tom to fill an interim role as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General from 1995 to 1997. Tom returned to the private sector and eventually opened his own firm. A champion for public safety and criminal justice, Tom Corbett was elected the 46th Attorney General of Pennsylvania in 2004. He was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2008 with over three million votes, more than any Republican candidate in Pennsylvania’s history.

Answering Pennsylvanians call for change and reform in Harrisburg, Tom announced his candidacy in September of 2009 and was elected as Pennsylvania’s 46th Governor in November of 2010.

A lifelong Pennsylvanian, Tom was born in Philadelphia and raised in Shaler Township outside of Pittsburgh, where he attended high school. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania and his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. Tom also serve his country and Commonwealth for 13 years as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 28th Infantry Division, before retiring as a Captain in 1984.

Tom Corbett and Susan Manbeck of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, were married in 1972. They continue to reside in Shaler Township in the same home Tom grew up in and have been blessed with two children, Tom and Katherine, and a grandson, Liam. They also enjoy the company of their two Airedales, Harry and Penny — short for Harrisburg and Pennsylvania. The dogs were named by Pennsylvania’s children in a statewide contest.

A Record Of Doing What Is Right For Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Corbett and Lt. Governor Jim Cawley have turned Pennsylvania around, and with their strong leadership they have put Pennsylvania on the path towards lasting prosperity:

  • Nearly 150,000 new private sector jobs have been created since Governor Corbett took office
  • Governor Corbett has made a record state investment in our children’s education
  • When Governor Corbett took office, he closed a $4.2 billion deficit without raising taxes