|Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania|
January 18, 2011[a]
|Preceded by||Basil Merenda|
|Member of the Chester County
Board of Commissioners
January 5, 2004 – January 18, 2011
|Preceded by||Karen Martynick|
|Succeeded by||Ryan Costello|
|Chester County Controller|
January 5, 1998 – January 5, 2004
|Preceded by||Joseph Carpenter|
|Succeeded by||Val DiGiorgio|
|Born||February 9, 1950|
|Residence||Tredyffrin Township, Pennsylvania|
|Alma mater||Cornell University|
|Website||Carol Aichele, Secretary of the Commonwealth|
|a. ^ Aichele served as Acting Secretary until her nomination was approved by the State Senate on April 26, 2011.|
Teaching career and early political involvement
Aichele worked as a part-time teacher at the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, and served on the Board of Directors of the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District. She was also a member of the Republican State Committee.
Aichele successfully ran for the office of Chester County Controller in 1997. Aichele defeated two other candidates in the primary, including future State Representative Duane Milne, and succeeded retiring Republican incumbent Joseph Carpenter.
State Senate special election
In 2006, State Senator Bob Thompson died from pulmonary fibrosis at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Thompson, a longtime political force, had been re-elected to his 19th District Senate seat in 2004 without opposition. Aichele received the nomination of the county Republican Party for the May special election, and squared-off against her fellow County Commissioner Andy Dinniman. In what was considered a stunning upset, Dinniman defeated Aichele by twelve percentage points to become the first Democrat to represent Chester County in the State Senate since 1890.
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Incoming Governor Tom Corbett announced his intention to nominate Aichele for the position of Secretary of the Commonwealth in January 2011. Aichele resigned from the Board of Commissioners later that month, and served as Acting Secretary until her nomination was unanimously approved by the State Senate in April.
Her husband, Stephen Aichele, is an attorney, and currently serves alongside her in the gubernatorial cabinet, first as the Governor's General Counsel, from May 2012 on as the governor's Chief of Staff. The couple has three children, Steve, Kate and Tom.
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- Petersen, Nancy (January 7, 1997). "Chesco Controller Says He Won't Run Joseph D. Carpenter Announced He Would Not Seek A Third Term. His Decision Caught Many Off Guard.". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
- Kristie, Dan (February 16, 2010). "Aichele ends bid for lieutenant governor". The Daily Local News. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
- Downey, Sally A. (January 31, 2006). "State Sen. Robert Thompson; had long public service career". Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Petersen, Nancy (May 18, 2006). "Chesco Senate Election Surprise". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
- "2006 Special Election for the 19th Senatorial District". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2004.
- Mary Wilson, witf: Corbett’s chief of staff leaves amid reports of shake-up, May 25, 2012. URL last accessed 2012-10-29.
|Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
2011 – present
|Member of the Chester County Board of Commissioners
2004 – 2011
|Chester County Controller
1998 – 2004
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
as Speaker of the State House of Representatives
|Pennsylvania gubernatorial line of succession
4th in line
as Secretary of the Commonwealth
as Secretary of Education