Eugene DePasquale

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Eugene DePasquale
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, July 12 2017 (cropped).jpg
51st Auditor General of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
January 15, 2013
GovernorTom Corbett
Tom Wolf
Preceded byJack Wagner
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 95th district
In office
January 2, 2007 – January 15, 2013
Preceded byStephen Stetler
Succeeded byKevin Schreiber
Personal details
Born (1971-08-03) August 3, 1971 (age 48)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Children2
EducationCollege of Wooster (BA)
University of Pittsburgh (MPA)
Widener University (JD)
WebsiteCampaign website

Eugene Anthony DePasquale (born August 3, 1971) is a Democratic politician who is serving as the Pennsylvania Auditor General. From 2007 to 2013, he served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the York County-based 95th district. DePasquale announced in spring 2011 that he would seek the office of Pennsylvania Auditor General in the 2012 election. He defeated Republican state representative John A. Maher in the November 6 general election.[1] In the 2016 election, DePasquale was reelected auditor general with 50.0% of the votes, defeating Republican John Brown.[2]

In 2020, he will be a United States House candidate in Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, DePasquale graduated from Central Catholic High School and received a bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster. He later earned an M.P.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law.[citation needed]

DePasquale is the grandson of Eugene "Jeep" DePasquale, who served in the Pittsburgh City Council between 1971 and 1989.[4]

Early career[edit]

DePasquale moved to York in 1997. He served as director of economic development for the City of York from January 2002 – September 2003.[citation needed]

From 2003 to 2006, DePasquale served as deputy secretary for community revitalization and local government support of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.[5]

Political career[edit]

When incumbent state representative Steve Stetler resigned from his seat and withdrew from the ballot during the 2006 elections, DePasquale announced his intent to replace him. The York County Democratic Party selected him as their replacement nominee in August, and he defeated Republican nominee Karen Emenheiser 58.3% to 41.7%.[6] His legislative district included all of the city of York, Spring Garden Township, part of West Manchester Township, and the boroughs of North York and West York.

DePasquale was re-elected in 2008, defeating Republican candidate Lon Emenheiser 75.1% to 24.9%.[7] In 2010, DePasquale was unopposed both in his primary and general re-election.[8]

Auditor General[edit]

2012 campaign[edit]

In April 2011, DePasquale announced that he would be running for State Auditor General in 2012 to succeed incumbent Jack Wagner, who was term-limited.[9] DePasquale made Marcellus Shale drilling a central issue of his campaign, and promised to order an immediate performance audit of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to ensure the state's water supply had not been compromised by drilling.[10] He defeated Republican state representative John Maher in the fall general election.[1] Both Maher and DePasquale were concurrently re-elected unopposed to their seats in the state house.[11]

DePasquale resigned his seat in the state house on January 15, 2013, and was sworn-in as auditor general later that day. He became the first person from York County to assume statewide elected office since George Leader was elected governor in 1954.[12] DePasquale launched an audit of the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) water programs related to the development of the state's shale gas reserves.[13] Results of that audit showed DEP was unprepared to effectively administer laws and regulations to protect drinking water and unable to efficiently respond to citizen complaints.[14]

Electoral history[edit]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives 95th District Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Eugene DePasquale 7,561 58.28
Republican Karen Emenheiser 5,412 41.72
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 95th District Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Eugene DePasquale (inc.) 17,887 75.07
Republican Lon Emenheiser 5,941 24.93
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 95th District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Eugene DePasquale (inc.) 9,832 100.00
Pennsylvania Auditor Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Eugene DePasquale 2,729,565 49.73
Republican John Maher 2,548,767 46.43
Libertarian Elizabeth Betsy Summers 210,876 3.84
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 95th District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Eugene DePasquale (inc.) 16,804 83.04
YLP Dave Moser 3,431 16.96

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stonesifer, Tim (November 7, 2012). "Eugene DePasquale wins state auditor general seat". York (PA) Daily Record. Archived from the original on 2012-11-10. Retrieved November 8, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ Pedro A., Coates. "Pennsylvania Department of State Elections". Archived from the original on 2016-11-13. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Thompson, Charles (June 30, 2019). "Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is running for Congress, and here's why". The Patriot-News. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Schmitz, Jon (January 2, 2008). "Former Pittsburgh councilman Eugene "Jeep" DePasquale dies at 85". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "Rep. Eugene A. DePasquale Biography". Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus. 2008. Retrieved November 15, 2008.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2009-01-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information". 21 February 2009. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2010-11-08. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2011-04-13. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ DePasquale, Eugene. "DePasquale Will Order Review of Water Protection Programs As First Action If Elected Auditor General". Eugene4pa.com. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  11. ^ Clonan, Elyse. "Auditor General Race Raises Questions About Running For Two Offices Simultaneously". Politicspa.com. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  12. ^ Murphy, Jen. "Eugene DePasquale makes midstate history as Pennsylvania's new auditor general". PennLive.com. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  13. ^ "Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General -Auditor General DePasquale Initiates Audit to Ensure Safe Drinking Water". www.paauditor.gov. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  14. ^ "Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General -Auditor General DePasquale Says Rapid Shale Gas Development Outpaced DEP's Ability to Oversee Industry, Protect Water Quality". www.paauditor.gov. Retrieved 2017-10-19.

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Preceded by
Stephen Stetler
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
for the 95th district

2007–2013
Succeeded by
Kevin Schreiber
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Preceded by
Jack Wagner
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