At a Glance
- Career History: Pennsylvania Attorney General (1995-1997, 2005-present); Attorney, Thomas Corbett and Associates (1997-2004); Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania (1989); Attorney, Rose, Schmidt, Hasley and DiSalle (1983-1989); Assistant District Attorney, Allegheny County (1976-1980); Captain, Pennsylvania Army National Guard (1971-1984); Teacher, Pine Grove Area High School
- Birthday: June 17, 1949
- Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Alma Mater: B.A., Lebanon Valley College (1971); J.D., Saint Mary's University (1975)
- Spouse: Susan
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- Committees: Former Member, National Drug Task Force
- Campaign Office: 200 North Third Street, 13th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101
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Path To Power
Corbett was born in 1949 in Philadelphia, where he spent the rest of his childhood.
He earned a B.A. in political science in 1971 from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, and became a civics and history teacher at Pine Grove Area High School in Schuylkill County. In 1975, Corbett earned a law degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.
Corbett is a self-described moderate Republican who believes in lowering taxes, cutting spending and reducing government's size and cost. He also supports some issues dear to Democrats, such as pre-K education, the arts and some environmental causes.
He supports state restrictions on abortion is opposed to gay marriage, . He is also a strong advocate of gun owners' rights.
Corbett was appointed in 1989 to serve as U.S. attorney for western Pennsylvania by former President George H.W. Bush. He also worked for former Pennsylvania Gov.Tom Ridge (R) during his 1994 gubernatorial campaign, and Ridge appointed Corbett to finish a term as state attorney general in 1995. Corbett was endorsed in his 2010 Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign by Ridge, former Pennsylvania Governors Richard Thornburgh and Mark Schweiker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). His lieutenant governor is former Bucks County Council Vice President of Community Relations Jim Cawley.