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Biographical details on Pa. statewide candidates

By Victoria Advocate
Nov. 3, 2012 at 6:03 a.m.


Biographical details about Pennsylvania's major-party candidates for statewide office in Tuesday's election:

U.S. SENATE:

NAME: Robert P. Casey Jr.

AGE: 52

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: B.A., English, Holy Cross (1982); J.D., The Catholic University of America (1988).

EXPERIENCE: Private law practice, Scranton (1990-96); state auditor general, Pennsylvania (1997-2005); state treasurer, Pennsylvania (2005-2007); United States senator (2007-current).

FAMILY: Casey and his wife, Terese, have four daughters and live in Scranton.

NAME: Thomas Joel Smith

AGE: 65

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Elderton High School (1965).

EXPERIENCE: operator, Smith family farm (1965-present); member, Plumcreek Township board of supervisors (1974-81); coal mine heavy-equipment operator (1975-89); founder and president, Thomas J. Smith Inc. mining company (1989-2011); founder and president, TJS Mining Inc. (1990-2011); founder and president, TJ Smith Trucking Inc. (1992-present); founder and treasurer, TJS Coal Sales Inc. (1997-2011); owner, Northern Elk Development LLC (1997-present); founder and president, Penn View Mining Inc. (2000-11).

FAMILY: Tom and his wife, Sandy, live in Shelocta. They have seven children.

ATTORNEY GENERAL:

NAME: Kathleen Kane

AGE: 46

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: B.S., international studies, University of Scranton (1988); law degree, Temple University Law School (1993).

EXPERIENCE: Private law practice, Philadelphia (1991-95); assistant district attorney, Lackawanna County (1995-2007).

FAMILY: Kane and her husband, Chris, live in Clarks Summit, in Lackawanna County. They have two sons.

NAME: David Freed

AGE: 42

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: B.A., American history and journalism, Washington and Lee University (1992); J.D., Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law (1995).

EXPERIENCE: Private law practice, Carlisle and Harrisburg areas (1996-97, 1999-2001); York County deputy prosecutor, (1997-98); Cumberland County assistant district attorney, (1998-2005); Cumberland County district attorney (2005-present).

FAMILY: Freed and his wife, Amy, have three children and live in Camp Hill.

AUDITOR GENERAL

NAME: Eugene A. DePasquale

AGE: 41

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: B.A. College of Wooster (1993); M.A., Public Administration, University of Pittsburgh (1997); J.D., Widener University School of Law (2002).

EXPERIENCE: Director of economic development, City of York (2002-03); deputy secretary for community revitalization, state Department of Environmental Protection, (2003-2006); state House of Representatives (2007-present).

FAMILY: DePasquale and his wife Tracey live in York with their two children.

NAME: John Maher

AGE: 53

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: A.B., management-sciences/accounting, Duke University, (1979); Oxford University (scholarship studies) and Australian Graduate School of Management (fellowship studies), (1979-80).

EXPERIENCE: Auditor, Arthur Young accounting firm, (1980-89); founded Maher Duessel, a Pittsburgh public accounting firm in 1989, sold his interest in 2004; Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1997-present).

FAMILY: Maher is single and lives in suburban Pittsburgh.

TREASURER

NAME: Rob McCord

AGE: 53

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: B.A., economics and history, Harvard University (1982); master's in business administration, University of Pennsylvania (1989).

EXPERIENCE: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (1984-85); Democratic staff director, Congressional Clearinghouse on the Future (1986-87); CEO, Congressional Institute for the Future (1987-93); financial professional/venture capitalist in private sector (1994-current).

FAMILY: McCord lives in Bryn Mawr with his wife and two sons.

NAME: Diana Irey Vaughan

AGE: 50

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: West Virginia Business College.

EXPERIENCE: Washington County commissioner (1996-present)

FAMILY: Vaughan and her husband Robert live in Eighty Four. They have three children.

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