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Governor  Tom Wolf
Preceded by  David Hess
Party  Democratic Party
Governor  Ed Rendell
Role  American elected official
Succeeded by  Mary Isenhour
Name  Kathleen McGinty
Preceded by  Leslie Gromis-Baker
Succeeded by  John Hanger

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Education  Saint Joseph's University, Columbia Law School
Similar People  Joe Sestak, Tom Wolf, Rob McCord, Allyson Schwartz, Pat Toomey

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Kathleen Alana "Katie" McGinty (born May 11, 1963) is an American former state and federal environmental policy official. She served as an environmental advisor to Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton. Later, she served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in the Cabinet of Governor Ed Rendell.


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Prior to the nomination of Lisa P. Jackson, she was mentioned as a possible United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator under President Barack Obama, and as a possible candidate to succeed Ed Rendell as Governor of Pennsylvania, but was not a candidate in the 2010 election.

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McGinty was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014.

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After Democrat Tom Wolf won Pennsylvania's 2014 gubernatorial election, he appointed McGinty as his Chief of Staff.

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On August 4, 2015, she officially announced her candidacy for the United States Senate in 2016. McGinty won the Democratic nomination on April 26, 2016, but lost, with 47.2% of the vote, to incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey in the general election.

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Early life and education

The ninth of ten children of a retired police officer and a waitress, McGinty was born in Philadelphia and is of Irish Catholic descent.

She grew up in a three bedroom house in Northeast Philadelphia She graduated from St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, Saint Joseph’s University in 1985 (with a BS in chemistry), and Columbia Law School in 1988 (with a JD). She earned a Judicial Clerkship appointment to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington upon graduating from Columbia.


After law school, McGinty clerked for a federal judge but did not ultimately take the bar exam or practice law. She won a Congressional Fellowship after crafting a strategy to bring technology jobs back to the United States and became a legislative assistant to Al Gore when he was serving as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee. In 1993, she became a deputy assistant to President Bill Clinton. She chaired the White House Council on Environmental Quality from 1995-98. Katie moved to India in 1999 where she worked at the Tata Energy Research Institute, forging new partnerships between US and Indian clean energy companies to help address climate change, an effort that supported the negotiation of new environmental agreements between the US and India.

In 2003 she was appointed as the Secretary of Pennsylvania‘s Department of Environmental Protection, serving in Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell's administration for over five years. In 2007, as the head of DEP, her agency awarded grants to groups for which her husband consulted. The situation prompted a state Ethics Commission ruling that prohibited department heads from awarding money to any entities that employ a spouse.

In October 2008, McGinty took a board position with NRG Energy, an American energy company. Between 2008-13, McGinty received $1.2 million in cash and stock awards from the company. In 2009, McGinty joined the board of Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of a Spanish energy company. In 2010, Iberdrola received a $10 million federal stimulus grant through Pennsylvania to build a wind farm. While serving in the administration of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, she sought to help Iberdrola merge with a New York company, Energy East.

McGinty later became an executive at Weston Solutions, where she oversaw brownfield re-development and green business initiatives.

2014 Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign

On April 12, 2013, McGinty announced she would be a candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014. McGinty finished fourth in the primary behind Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord, and eventual general election winner Tom Wolf, who appointed her his chief of staff. She served in that capacity from January 2015 until July 2015, amid speculation that she was considering running for the United States Senate in the 2016 election.

2016 U.S. Senate campaign

On August 4, 2015, McGinty officially announced her candidacy for the United States Senate in 2016. She was endorsed by EMILY's List, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, and President Barack Obama.

In April 2016, she defeated former U.S. Representative Joe Sestak and Mayor John Fetterman in the Democratic primary. As of June 30, 2016, financial disclosures showed that McGinty's campaign had spent $4,312,688 and raised $6,713,202.

The Senate election between McGinty and incumbent Republican Pat Toomey was among the most expensive Senate races in America. According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, as of October 2016, more than $52 million had been spent on the general and primary election between the two candidates.

In the general election on November 8, 2016, she was defeated by Toomey. McGinty received 47.2% of the vote.

Personal life

McGinty is married to Karl Hausker. They have three daughters and reside in Wayne, Pennsylvania.


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