Kathleen Kane

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Kathleen Kane
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48th Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
January 15, 2013
Governor Tom Corbett
Preceded by Linda Kelly
Personal details
Born Kathleen Margaret Granahan
(1966-06-14) June 14, 1966 (age 48)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Chris Kane
Children 2
Residence Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Scranton (B.S.)
Temple University (J.D.)
Profession Attorney, politician
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Office of the Attorney General

Kathleen Margaret Granahan Kane (born June 14, 1966)[1] is an American lawyer and politician who is the Attorney General of Pennsylvania.[2] She is the first woman and the first Democrat ever elected to the position (though both women and Democrats had held the office before it became elective in 1980).[3][4][5]


Kane received a Bachelor of Science degree in international studies from the University of Scranton in 1988 and law degree from Temple University Law School in 1993.[6]


Kane was an attorney at Post & Schell P.C., a Philadelphia law firm, from 1991 to 1995[citation needed] and handled civil cases.[7][8] From 1995 to 2007, she served as an assistant district attorney for Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, where she prosecuted hundreds of sex-abuse, elder abuse, murder, assault, rape, public corruption, and fraud cases.[6][7][8][9] In 2007, Kane worked for a private law firm in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and took a position with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.[6][9]

Pennsylvania Attorney General[edit]

Kane announced her candidacy for Pennsylvania Attorney General in the 2012 election. She received endorsements from U.S. President Bill Clinton and the Philadelphia Inquirer during the Democratic primary.[8][9] Her primary opponent, former U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy, was endorsed by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.[9] Kane defeated Murphy 53% to 47%.[4] In the general election, Kane won by 14.5 percent over Cumberland County, district attorney David Freed[10] who ran unopposed in the Republican primary.[6] The win made Kane the only woman ever to be elected State Attorney General in Pennsylvania,[Note 1] and the first Democrat elected to the position since it ceased being an appointed office in 1980.[3]

Since taking office, Kane has appointed former federal prosecutor H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. to investigate Governor Tom Corbett's handling of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, and brought criminal charges against former turnpike officials.

On 17 March 2014, AG Kane announced that she had shut down a corruption investigation begun under her predecessor, saying that "the undercover investigation was poorly managed and badly executed, and relied on an undercover operative whose credibility had been compromised.". In response, the Committee of Seventy called on the state legislature to designate an independent counsel to investigate the closing of the case. [11] [12]

Same-sex marriage ban[edit]

In July 2013, Kane made national headlines when she refused to defend Pennsylvania's gay-marriage prohibition in court, calling it "wholly unconstitutional".[13]

Personal life[edit]

Kane resides in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, with her husband Chris Kane, an executive in his family's trucking and warehouse company, Kane is Able.[9] The couple has two sons.[6]

Electoral history[edit]

Pennsylvania Attorney General election, 2012, Democratic Primary[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Kathleen Kane 371,862 52.8
Democratic Patrick Murphy 331,778 47.2
Turnout 703,640
Pennsylvania Attorney General election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathleen Kane 3,073,007 56.1%
Republican David Freed 2,280,989 41.6%
Libertarian Marakay Rogers 126,534 2.3%
Totals 5,480,530 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican


  1. ^ Two women, Anne Alpern and Linda Kelly, were previously appointed to the position.


  1. ^ Baer, John (January 15, 2013). "New A.G. Kane has a lot on her plate". Philadelphia Daily News. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ Olson, Laura (January 15, 2013). "Three Democratic row officers sworn in". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  3. ^ a b Southwick, Ron (December 20, 2012). "2012 Newsmakers: Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania's first female elected attorney general". The Patriot-News. 
  4. ^ a b Murphy, Jan (April 24, 2012). "Kathleen Kane captures Democratic nomination in Pa. attorney general race". The Patriot-News. 
  5. ^ "Kathleen Kane For Attorney General". Intelligencer Journal. October 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Micek, John L. (April 13, 2012). "Two Pennsylvania Democrats vying for attorney general". The Morning Call. 
  7. ^ a b "Murphy for the law: He's the better Democrat for attorney general". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c "Experience tilts scale for Kane". Philadelphia Inquirer. April 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Jackson, Peter (April 14, 2012). "Murphy-Kane race for AG a study in contrasts". RealClearPolitics. 
  10. ^ "Kathleen Kane's historic win, Arlen Specter's death lead Pennsylvania political news in 2012". The Express Times via Associated Press. December 28, 2012. 
  11. ^ Couloumbis, Angela (17 March 2014). "Kane: Targets committed crimes but sting flawed". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/03/kane_defends_decision_against.html
  13. ^ Eilperin, Juliet (11 July 2013). "Who is Kathleen Kane?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/

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Preceded by
Linda Kelly
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
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John Morganelli
Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Pennsylvania
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