Jim Cawley

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Jim Cawley
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32nd Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
January 18, 2011
Governor Tom Corbett
Preceded by Joe Scarnati
Member of the Bucks County
Board of Commissioners
In office
January 4, 2005[1] – January 18, 2011
Preceded by Mike Fitzpatrick
Succeeded by Robert G. Loughery
Personal details
Born (1969-06-22) June 22, 1969 (age 45)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Suzanne
Children Nicholas
Residence Middletown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Temple University
Website Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley

James "Jim" Cawley (born June 22, 1969) is the 32nd and current Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania.

Early life, education, and early political career[edit]

He graduated from Bishop Egan High School in Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He then graduated cum laude from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He received a law degree from Temple University School of Law.[2]

Prior to being elected to the Bucks County Board of Commissioners, he was Chief of Staff to State Senator Tommy Tomlinson. In 2000, he ran for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 141st District. Incumbent Democrat State Representative Anthony Melio won re-election by defeating Cawley 56%-42%.[3] He was also a former Pennsylvania state chairman and national co-chairman of the College Republicans and served as an elected member of the Bristol Township School Board.

He serves on the County Commissioner's Association of Pennsylvania's Energy, Environment, & Land Use Committee as Vice Chairman. Jim is a former member of the board of directors for Lower Bucks Hospital, a former trustee of Bucks County Community College and a former Commonwealth trustee of Temple University.

Bucks County Commission[edit]

He was appointed to the Bucks County Board of Commissioners following the resignation of Mike Fitzpatrick (who had been elected to Congress).

In 2007, he won re-election with 26% of the vote.[4]

He became chairman of the board after he was re-elected. According to self-supplied biographical information, he helped expand the Bucks County Community College, kept taxes low for four consecutive years, and helping to increase the county's bond rating to its highest level ever.[5]

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor[edit]

In 2010, he ran for the state Lieutenant Governor and won the Republican primary in a crowded nine candidate field with just 26% of the vote. He only won 14 out of the state's 67 counties. He only won three counties with a majority: Bucks (70%), Montgomery (51%), and Delaware (56%) counties.[6] He was on the ticket with Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Corbett, the state's Attorney General. He defeated Democrat Lieutenant Gubernatorial nominee Scott Conklin, a State Representative, 54%-46%.[7] He took office on January 18, 2011.

Cawley briefly served as Acting Governor on February 27, 2014 while Governor Tom Corbett was anesthetized during surgery. The Pennsylvania Constitution states that when the Governor is incapacitated, the Lieutenant Governor shall serve as acting governor until the disability is removed. Corbett awoke after surgery and was cleared to resume power approximately 85 minutes after going under. Cawley was the third Lieutenant Governor in Pennsylvania history to assume power as Acting Governor.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Cawley, his wife Suzanne and their adopted son Nicholas live in Middletown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Scarnati
Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Preceded by
Mark Schweiker
Acting Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Most Recent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jim Matthews
Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
2010, 2014
Succeeded by
Current nominee
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Matthew Denn
as Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
Order of precedence of the United States
as Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Kim Guadagno
as Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey
Preceded by
Pennsylvania gubernatorial line of succession
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as Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Joe Scarnati
as President pro tempore of the State Senate