Pennsylvania Auditor General

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The Pennsylvania Auditor General is the chief fiscal officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It became an elected office in 1850.[1] The current Auditor General of Pennsylvania is Eugene DePasquale.

History[edit]

The Office of the Auditor General of Pennsylvania was created in 1809 by the General Assembly. The office was appointed by the Governor until 1850, when it became a state-wide elective office. The terms were for 3 years, until a constitutional amendment in 1909 increased the terms to 4 years.[2]

Responsibilities[edit]

The office performs financial audits of state agencies, municipal governments, school districts, public sector pensions, entities that receive state funding support (such as certain universities and hospitals), and corporate tax returns. These audits are designed as an accountability mechanism and serve to ensure that public money is spent in an appropriate manner. Additionally, the agency undertakes performance audits, which are designed to determine measure program efficiency and effectiveness, of certain organizations, such as veteran's homes, prisons, and mental health centers.[1]

Former Auditors General[edit]

Name Term Party
Ephraim Banks 1851–1857
Jacob Fryle, Jr. 1857–1860
Thomas E. Cochran 1860–1863
Isaac Slenker 1863–1866
John F. Hartranft 1866–1872 Republican
C. D. Brigham 1872
Harrison Allen 1872–1875
Justus F. Temple 1875–1878
William P. Schell 1878–1881
John A. Lemon 1881–1884
Jerome B. Niles 1884–1887
A. Wilson Norris 1887–1888
Thomas McCamant 1888–1892
David McMurtrie Gregg 1892–1895 Republican
Amos H. Mylin 1895–1898
Levi G. McCauley 1898–1901 Republican
Edmund B. Hardenbergh 1901–1904 Republican
William P. Snyder 1904–1907 Republican
Robert K. Young 1907–1910 Republican
A.E. Sisson 1910–1913 Republican
Archibald W. Powell 1913–1917 Republican
Charles A. Snyder 1917–1921 Republican
Samuel S. Lewis 1921–1925 Republican
Edward Martin 1925–1929 Republican
Charles A. Waters 1929–1933 Republican
Frank E. Baldwin 1933–1937 Republican
Warren R. Roberts 1937–1941 Democratic
F. Clair Ross 1941–1944 Democratic
Ted A. Rosenberg 1945
G. Harold Wagner 1945–1949 Democratic
Weldon B Heyburn 1949–1953 Republican
Charles R. Barber 1953–1957 Republican
Charles C. Smith 1957–1961 Republican
Thomas Z. Minehart 1961–1965 Democratic
Grace M. Sloan 1965–1969 Democratic
Robert P. Casey 1969–1977 Democratic
Al Benedict 1977–1985 Democratic
Donald A. Bailey 1985–1989 Democratic
Barbara Hafer 1989–1997 Republican
Bob Casey, Jr. 1997–2005 Democratic
Jack Wagner 2005–2013 Democratic
Eugene DePasquale 2013– Democratic

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PA State Archives - RG-2 - Agency History - Department of the Auditor General
  2. ^ About the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General

External links[edit]