|48th Attorney General of Pennsylvania|
January 15, 2013
|Preceded by||Linda Kelly|
|Born||Kathleen Margaret Granahan
June 14, 1966
|Residence||Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania|
|Alma mater||University of Scranton (B.S.)
Temple University (J.D.)
Kathleen Margaret Granahan Kane (born June 14, 1966) is an American lawyer and politician who is the Attorney General of Pennsylvania. She is the first woman ever elected to the position and the first Democrat to be elected since it became an elective office in 1980.
Kane was an attorney at Post & Schell P.C., a Philadelphia law firm, from 1991 to 1995 and handled civil cases. 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. In 2007, Kane worked for a private law firm in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and took a position with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
Pennsylvania Attorney General
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. Her primary opponent, former U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy, was endorsed by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kane defeated Murphy 53% to 47%. In the general election, Kane won by 14.5 percent over Cumberland County, district attorney David Freed who ran unopposed in the Republican primary. 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.
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.
Same-sex marriage ban
In July 2013, Kane made national headlines when she refused to defend Pennsylvania's gay-marriage prohibition in court, calling it "wholly unconstitutional". Pennsylvania is currently the only state in the Northeast that prohibits both same-sex marriage and civil unions for same-sex couples.
|Pennsylvania Attorney General election, 2012, Democratic Primary|
|Pennsylvania Attorney General election, 2012|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
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- Office of the Attorney General official website
- Kathleen Kane for Attorney General official campaign website
|Attorney General of Pennsylvania
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|Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Pennsylvania