Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, will become the state’s next governor after defeating Allegheny County executive Dan Onorato. With 75 percent of precincts reporting, Corbett, a Republican, had 53 percent of the vote to Democrat Onorato’s 47 percent.
A graduate from St. Mary’s University School of Law, Corbett was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. He served until 1993. Corbett also was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the district during the Ronald Reagan administration, specializing in the prosecution of organized crime and drug cases and serving as a member of the President’s National Drug Task Force.
In 1995, Corbett was appointed the state’s Attorney General after Ernest Preaste was convicted of mail fraud. In 1997, he opened his own law firm, Thomas Corbett & Associates, where he practiced for seven years.
He returned to the Attorney General post after winning the election in 2004, and he was reelected in 2008. During his two-terms in office, Corbett has focused on corruption in the state legislature.