Barbara Hafer

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Barbara Hafer
48th Auditor General of Pennsylvania
In office
January 17, 1989[1] – January 21, 1997[2]
Preceded by Don Bailey
Succeeded by Bob Casey, Jr.
33rd Treasurer of Pennsylvania
In office
January 21, 1997[3] – January 18, 2005[4]
Preceded by Catherine Baker Knoll
Succeeded by Bob Casey, Jr.
Member of the Allegheny County
Board of Commissioners
In office
January 2, 1984[5] – January 17, 1989
Preceded by William Hunt
Succeeded by Larry Dunn[6]
Personal details
Born (1943-08-01) August 1, 1943 (age 71)
Los Angeles
Political party Democratic Party (Since 2003)
Other political
affiliations
Republican Party
(Before 2003)
Spouse(s) John Pidgeon (deceased)
Children Four
Residence Indiana, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Duquesne University
Occupation Registered Nurse, Politician

Barbara Hafer (born August 1, 1943, Los Angeles, California) is an American politician from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Early political career[edit]

Hafer was elected to the Allegheny County Board of Commissioners in 1983, after she defeated incumbent Republican William Hunt in the primary election.[7] In 1988, she defeated incumbent Democratic State Auditor General Don Bailey, and went on to serve two four-year terms in the post. In 1990, she was the Republican nominee for Governor against Bob Casey. Hafer was defeated by thirty-six percentage points—one of the most lopsided defeats in state history. She later successfully ran for State Treasurer in 1996, and was re-elected in 2000.

The Pennsylvania Report said that "She has never marched to a regular drummer, but that is part of her long-running appeal."[8] In a 2002 PoliticsPA Feature story designating politicians with yearbook superlatives, she was named the "Most Popular."[9]

2002 gubernatorial election and party-switch[edit]

In 2002, Hafer explored a run for the Republican nomination for Governor (incumbent Republican Governor Mark Schweiker had already announced his intention not to contest the race). However, after it became clear that the GOP establishment had already decided on Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher, she dropped out of the race. During the campaign, Hafer decided to endorse Democrat Ed Rendell. In 2003, Hafer completed her political conversion by switching to the Democratic Party. Her decision to endorse Rendell "psychologically helped break" the back of the Fisher campaign.[8]

After her party switch, it was reported that she was considering a 2006 bid for lieutenant governor, challenging incumbent Catherine Baker Knoll in the Democratic primary. Hafer and Baker Knoll had a long standing political feud which dates to Hafer's two races for treasurer. In 1996, Hafer defeated Knoll's daughter, Mina Baker Knoll, for treasurer and in 2000 defeated Baker Knoll for treasurer. Knoll preceded Hafer as state treasurer.

In early 2005, she chose not to seek the Democratic Nomination for U.S. Senate against Republican Senator Rick Santorum. Later that year, she decided against a challenge to Republican Congressman Tim Murphy, choosing instead to focus on her new consulting business. Her daughter, Beth, sought to run against Republican Congressman Tim Murphy in 2008, though narrowly lost the Democratic primary.[10]

2010 congressional candidacy[edit]

In February 2010, Hafer declared her candidacy for the Congressional seat left vacant by the death of incumbent Democrat John Murtha.[11] She sought the Democratic nomination for the May special election before ending her Congressional candidacy on March 10, 2010.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In the fall of 2010, Hafer was named in an estate lawsuit that revolves around her late husband, John Pidgeon. The lawsuit claims that she shifted more than $900,000 from her late husband's children and grandchildren to herself and her daughter in the final months of her husband's life. Pidgeon's children and grandchildren are claiming that Hafer took advantage of her husband's declining health and mental status in order to gain financial benefit.[13]

Prior to her political career, Hafer was employed as a registered nurse. She resides in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Casey welcomes Knoll, Hafer, Preate to Office". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 18, 1989. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ Cattabiani, Mario (January 24, 1997). "It's Robert, Not Bobby, If You Please". The Morning Call. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "New State Officials Take Their Oath". The Philadelphia Inquirer. January 22, 1997. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Special Sessions Usually Aren't". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 2, 2005. Retrieved November 20, 2005. 
  5. ^ "New Allegheny commissioners promise new era of cooperation". The Gettysburg Times. January 3, 1984. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ Roddey, Dennis (January 19, 1989). "Dunn wins Hafer post; focuses on staff". The Pittsburgh Post. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ Rosensweet, Alvin (November 18, 1983). "Commissioners OK bond issue; Hafer protests". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "The PA Report "Power 75" List" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc. January 31, 2003. Archived from the original on 2006-09-02. 
  9. ^ "Keystone State Yearbook Committee". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2001. Archived from the original on 2002-08-31. 
  10. ^ "House Outlook for 2008". University of Virginia Center for Politics. October 22, 2008. Archived from the original on February 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  11. ^ Manganaro, John. "Exclusive: Hafer running to succeed Murtha". pa2010.com. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  12. ^ Becker, Bernie (March 10, 2010). "Democrat Drops Out of Race for Murtha Seat". The New York Times. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  13. ^ Nereim, Vivian (October 13, 2010). "Hafer named in estate lawsuit". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Don Bailey
Auditor General of Pennsylvania
1989–1997
Succeeded by
Bob Casey, Jr.
Preceded by
Catherine Baker Knoll
Treasurer of Pennsylvania
1997–2005
Preceded by
William Hunt
Member of the Allegheny County Board of Commissioners
1984–1989
Succeeded by
Larry Dunn
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lowman Henry
Republican nominee for Treasurer of Pennsylvania
1996, 2000
Succeeded by
Jean Craige Pepper
Preceded by
William Scranton, III
Republican nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania
1990
Succeeded by
Tom Ridge
Preceded by
Susan Shanaman
Republican nominee for Auditor General of Pennsylvania
1988, 1992
Succeeded by
Bob Nyce