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Attorney General

Pennsylvania

Democratic

Current

starts 01/15/2013

Biography

Kathleen Granahan Kane (born 1966 or 1967) 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[citation needed] 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.

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, and the first Democrat elected to the position since it ceased being an appointed office in 1980.

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