Jim Cawley

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Jim Cawley
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32nd Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
In office
January 18, 2011 – January 20, 2015
Governor Tom Corbett
Preceded by Joe Scarnati
Succeeded by Mike Stack
Member of the Bucks County
Board of Commissioners
In office
January 4, 2005[1] – January 18, 2011
Preceded by Mike Fitzpatrick
Succeeded by Robert G. Loughery
Personal details
Born (1969-06-22) June 22, 1969 (age 47)
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Suzanne
Children Nicholas (aged 10)
Residence Middletown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Temple University

James "Jim" Cawley (born June 22, 1969) is an American politician who was the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, from 2011 to 2015. A Republican, he previously served on the Board of Commissioners of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Early life, education, and early political career[edit]

He graduated from Bishop Egan High School in Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He then graduated cum laude from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He received a law degree from Temple University School of Law.[2]

Prior to being elected to the Bucks County Board of Commissioners, he was Chief of Staff to State Senator Tommy Tomlinson. In 2000, he ran for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 141st District. Incumbent Democrat State Representative Anthony Melio won re-election by defeating Cawley 56%–42%.[3] He was also a former Pennsylvania state chairman and national co-chairman of the College Republicans and served as an elected member of the Bristol Township School Board.

He served on the County Commissioner's Association of Pennsylvania's Energy, Environment, & Land Use Committee as Chairman. Jim is a former member of the board of directors for Lower Bucks Hospital, a former trustee of Bucks County Community College and a former Commonwealth trustee of Temple University.

Bucks County Commission[edit]

He was appointed to the Bucks County Board of Commissioners following the resignation of Mike Fitzpatrick (who had been elected to Congress).

In 2007, he won re-election with 26% of the vote.[4]

He became chairman of the board after he was re-elected. According to self-supplied biographical information, he helped expand the Bucks County Community College, kept taxes low for four consecutive years, and helping to increase the county's bond rating to its highest level ever.[2]

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor[edit]

In 2010, he ran for the state Lieutenant Governor and won the Republican primary in a crowded nine candidate field with just 26% of the vote. He only won 14 out of the state's 67 counties. He only won three counties with a majority: Bucks (70%), Montgomery (51%), and Delaware (56%) counties.[5] He was on the ticket with Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Corbett, the state's Attorney General. He defeated Democrat Lieutenant Gubernatorial nominee Scott Conklin, a State Representative, 54%–46%.[6] He took office on January 18, 2011.

Cawley briefly served as Acting Governor on February 27, 2014 while Governor Tom Corbett was anesthetized during surgery. The Pennsylvania Constitution states that when the Governor is incapacitated, the Lieutenant Governor shall serve as acting governor until the disability is removed. Corbett awoke after surgery and was cleared to resume power approximately 85 minutes after going under. Cawley was the third Lieutenant Governor in Pennsylvania history to assume power as Acting Governor.[7]

Cawley was unopposed in the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor in May 2014. He was Governor Corbett's running mate again in the general election on November 4, 2014, in which the ticket was defeated by Tom Wolf and Mike Stack.

Cawley was named a 2014 Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Cawley, his wife Suzanne and their son Nicholas live in Wrightstown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

See also[edit]


Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Scarnati
Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Michael Stack
Preceded by
Mike Fitzpatrick
Member of the Bucks County Board of Commissioners
Succeeded by
Robert G. Loughery
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jim Matthews
Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
2010, 2014
Succeeded by
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