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January 21, 2015

Tom Wolf inaugurated as Pennsylvania Governor

Tom Wolf inaugurated as Pennsylvania Governor

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tom Wolf, 47th Governor of Pennsylvania, was inaugurated yesterday.
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Democrat Tom Wolf was inaugurated yesterday as the 47th Governor of the U.S. commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He succeeds Republican Tom Corbett, whom he defeated in the election last November. The inauguration took place in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.

Wolf, 66, and his running mate, newly sworn-in Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, defeated Corbett and former Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley by nearly ten percentage points in last November’s general election. As a result, Corbett became the first Pennsylvania Governor in modern times to lose a re-election bid.

In his inaugural address to a crowd of roughly 4,000, Wolf focused on his belief in the need for change, labeling himself an “unconventional” and “different kind of governor.” He touched on a number of issues including education, over which he and Corbett clashed during last year’s campaign, in addition to the economy and government reform.

“As your Governor, I will do everything in my power to make Pennsylvania a place where jobs pay, schools teach, government works … and where all Pennsylvanians can believe in the fundamental notion that our democracy still works”, Wolf said. “Because I know that if we come together with a sense of shared purpose, we can build the better future that Pennsylvania deserves.”

Items on Wolf’s gubernatorial agenda include raising the minimum wage, a five percent extraction tax on natural gas drillers and an increase in public school funding, among others. He is slated to propose his first budget to the Pennsylvania General Assembly on March 3 for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Wolf, a native of York, Pennsylvania, previously served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue in the cabinet of former Governor Ed Rendell from 2007 to 2008. He was also chairman and president of his family’s building materials business, The Wolf Organization Inc. He holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree from the University of London and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth University.



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May 20, 2014

Pennsylvania court strikes down same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional

Pennsylvania court strikes down same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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A federal court struck down as unconstitutional Pennsylvania‘s 1996 law banning same-sex marriage today. Judge John E. Jones III has ordered the state to start issuing licenses for same-sex couples.

The lawsuit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union in July of last year. Lawyers argued the state’s ban violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Pennsylvania’s attorney general, Kathleen Kane, did not attempt to defend the ban, and has said she considers the law unconstitutional. Kane said today’s decision “brings justice to Pennsylvanians who have suffered from unequal protection under the law because of their sexual orientation”.

Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Corbett, has not thus far responded to the ruling.

The decision in Pennsylvania followed a similar decision yesterday in Oregon striking down that state’s marriage ban. Courts in a number of other states including Arkansas, Idaho, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah have found state-level bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, although some of these decisions have not led to gay, lesbian and bisexual couples being able to marry while appeals are ongoing.



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May 10, 2013

Former Pennsylvania Governor George Leader dies aged 95

Former Pennsylvania Governor George Leader dies aged 95

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Friday, May 10, 2013

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George M. Leader, former Governor of the U.S. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, died in Hershey, Pennsylvania yesterday at the age of 95.

Leader’s death, at a retirement community he and his wife founded in 1985, comes after the former governor suffered a short illness. The community’s spokeswoman, Kelly S. Kuntz, announced Leader’s death.

Leader was born in York County, Pennsylvania in 1918. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1939, he joined his father’s poultry business. Shortly thereafter, in World War II, Leader served as an ensign in the U.S. Navy.

After serving in the State Senate for four years, Leader, a Democrat, was elected Governor of Pennsylvania in the 1954 election. Sworn-in in 1955, he served as Governor until 1959.

Upon taking office at the age of 37, Leader became the second-youngest Governor of Pennsylvania behind Robert E. Pattison, who was 32 years old at his 1883 inauguration.

Current Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett mandated state flags be flown at half staff until the evening of Leader’s burial. Corbett also praised Leader, describing him as someone who “defied political labels and conventional thinking in his tireless work for Pennsylvania and its people.”

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell also commented on Leader’s death, saying he would be remembered as “a man who cared very deeply about what happened around him.”



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