2010 Election Profile

By Joe Cahill
October 20, 2010

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial candidates

Tom Corbett (R)

State Attorney General Tom Corbett is the Republican candidate for governor. According to the campaign website, Corbett graduated from Lebanon Valley College before receiving his J.D. from St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio, Texas.  He enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard 28th Infantry division and rose to the rank of captain.

In 1988, former President George H.W. Bush appointed Corbett U.S. Attorney, a position he held until 1993. After a brief stint as attorney general following Tom Ridge and serving in the private sector, Corbett ran for state attorney general in 2004.  He was re-elected in 2008.

Dan Onorato (D)

Dan Onorato is the Democratic nominee for the 2010 Pennsylvania gubernatorial race.  According to the official campaign website, Onorato, a native of Pittsburgh, attended Pennsylvania State University where he graduated with a degree in accounting.
Onorato then went on to become a certified public accountant, working primarily in the private sector.
Onorato first entered politics in 1991, when he was elected to the Pittsburgh City Council.  He was successfully re-elected in 1995 and was elected the Allegheny County Executive, a position he has served since 2003.

Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidates

Pat Toomey (R)

Pat Toomey is the Republican candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania.  According to the campaign website, Toomey was born in Providence, R.I. and attended Harvard University.

After graduating with a degree in political science, Toomey was hired by Chemical Bank before later moving to Morgan, Grenfell & Co.  Toomey was elected to the Allentown Government Study Commission in 1994.  He was elected to the United States House of Representatives, serving Pennsylvania’s 15th district in 1999 until 2005.

From 2005 till 2009, Toomey was president of the Club for Growth.

Joe Sestak (D)

Joe Sestak is the incumbent Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.  Sestak, a native of Secane, Pa. and graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School, attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Politics.  According to Sestak’s website, he attained a masters degree in public administration and a doctorate in political economy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

He is now a member of the United States House of Representatives where he is the highest-ranking former military officer in office.

U.S. House of Representatives 7th District candidates

Pat Meehan (R)

Pat Meehan, the Republican candidate, was born in Cheltenham, Pa. and attended Bowdoin College, where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts.  After graduating from Bowdoin and spending several years as a National Hockey League official, Meehan attended Temple University’s Law School, where he received his J.D.
After spending several years working campaigns for Pennsylvania officials, Meehan was appointed special counsel to Senator Arlen Spector before managing the campaigns for Rick Santorum and Ronald D. Castille.  In 1995, Meehan was elected district attorney of Delaware County.

Bryan Lentz (D)

Democratic candidate Bryan Lentz attended Valley Forge Military College in Radnor, Pa.  His campaign profile notes that after earning a degree in philosophy from Georgetown University, he was assigned to the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment’s Second Battalion as a Second Lieutenent.  The regiment assisted civilian stabilization and governance in Mosul, Iraq.

Lentz worked with NATO forces on a peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and has earned a bronze star in addition to the War on Terror Expiditionary Medal.  Before his election to the State House of Representatives, he worked for years in private law practice.

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