Tom Foley (Pennsylvania)

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Tom Foley
Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry
In office
May 16, 1991 – February 11, 1994
Governor Bob Casey
Preceded by Harris Wofford
Succeeded by Robert Barnett
Personal details
Born (1953-12-31) December 31, 1953 (age 61)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michele
Children Three
Residence Hershey, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Yale Law School

Thomas Patrick "Tom" Foley (born December 31, 1953) is a Democratic politician from Pennsylvania. He became President of Mount Aloysius College in August, 2010.

Early life[edit]

Foley grew up in a working-class family the Philadelphia suburb of Flourtown. He attended Dartmouth College and received a law degree from Yale Law School.

Political career[edit]

After spending two years working with an NGO in Northern Ireland, Foley became a congressional aide, with included a tenure of employment under future Vice President Joe Biden. He served in the cabinet of Governor Bob Casey as Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry from 1991 to 1994. In 1994, he won an eight-way primary to become the nominee for state lieutenant governor, on a ticket with Mark Singel; Democrats lost the election by just over 3 percentage points. Foley ran for state auditor general in 1996 and, despite being the party's endorsed candidate, lost the Democratic primary to Bob Casey, Jr., the son of the former governor, by less than one percentage point. In 2000, Foley unsuccessfully challenged Ron Klink for the Democratic nomination for US Senate. Klink went on to lose to incumbent Rick Santorum in that November's election.


Political offices
Preceded by
Harris Wofford
Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry
Succeeded by
Robert Barnett
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mark Singel
Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky