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Jim Cawley
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Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Former officeholder
In office
January 18, 2011 - January 20, 2105
PredecessorJoe Scarnati (R)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$1,148,171
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
Bucks County Commissioner
January 4, 2005 – January 18, 2011
High schoolBishop Egan High School
Bachelor'sTemple University
J.D.Temple University School of Law
Date of birthJune 22, 1969
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
James "Jim" Cawley (b. June 22, 1969) was the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, serving from 2011 to 2015. A Republican, Cawley was elected on November 2, 2010, easily defeating state Rep. H. Scott Conklin (D). Cawley assumed office on January 18, 2011.[1]

Cawley lost his bid for re-election in 2014, running on the Republican ticket with incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett. Corbett and Cawley were ousted from office by Democrats Tom Wolf and Mike Stack in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2] Stack replaced Cawley as lieutenant governor on January 20, 2015.[1]

In his role as lieutenant governor, Cawley served as President of the Senate, oversaw the Board of Pardons and chaired the local government advisory committee for the governor. Additionally, in 2011, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) appointed Cawley as chair of the state Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, for which Cawley received the 2012 Public Leadership in Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award from General Electric. Cawley also led the disaster recovery task force in the wake of floods from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.[1]

Cawley previously served on the Bucks County Board of Commissioners, to which he was appointed in 2005 and elected to in 2007. During this time, he earned a reputation as a strong fiscal conservative, advocate for the use of technology to save taxpayers money and issues related to public safety.[3]


Cawley began his political career as chief of staff to state Sen. Tommy Tomlinson. He also served on the board of the Briscoe School District. in 2005, he was appointed to the Bucks County Board of Commissioners and elected to a full term in 2007. He formed and co-chaired the Bucks County Economic Development Advisory Board in February 2009.[4]

Cawley is a graduate of Bishop Egan High School. He earned both his bachelor's degree in political science and his law degree from Temple University.[4]


  • Bishop Egan High School
  • B.A., political science, Temple University's College of Arts and Sciences
  • J.D., Temple University School of Law

Political career

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor (2011-2015)

Cawley was the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. He was first elected on a ticket with Tom Corbett in 2010, and assumed office on January 18, 2011.[1]

Bucks County Board of Commissioners (2005-2011)

Cawley was appointed to the Bucks County Board of Commissioners in 2005 and elected to a full term in 2007.[4]



See also: Pennsylvania lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

Cawley ran for re-election as Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor in 2014, teaming up for the second time with Governor Tom Corbett (R). Cawley stated, "If Tom Corbett would have me on the ticket, I'd be proud and honored to run with him for a second term."[2] Cawley was unopposed for renomination in the Republican primary. He and Corbett were defeated for re-election in the November 4 general election by the Democratic ticket of Tom Wolf and Mike Stack.


General election
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Wolf/Mike Stack 54.9% 1,920,355
     Republican Tom Corbett/Jim Cawley Incumbent 45.1% 1,575,511
Total Votes 3,495,866
Election Results via Pennsylvania Department of State.


See also: Pennsylvania lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Cawley overcame eight opponents in the May 18 primary. He ran on the Republican ticket with Tom Corbett in the general election on November 2, 2010, defeating Democrats Dan Onorato and running mate Scott Conklin with 54.5 percent of the total vote.[5]

  • 2010 General Election
Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Corbett/Jim Cawley 54.5% 2,172,763
     Democratic Dan Onorato/H. Scott Conklin 45.5% 1,814,788
Total Votes 3,987,551
Election Results via Pennsylvania Department of State
  • 2010 Primary Election
Cawley defeated eight opponents to win the Republican primary on May 18, 2010.
Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor, Republican primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Cawley 26.2% 210,406
Chet Beiler 20.5% 164,660
Daryl Metcalfe 12.8% 102,409
Steve Johnson 10.5% 84,019
John Kennedy 9.2% 73,757
Jean Craige Pepper 8.4% 67,219
Russ Diamond 4.5% 36,046
Stephen A. Urban 4.5% 35,970
Billy McCue 3.5% 28,318
Total Votes 802,804
Election Results via Pennsylvania Department of State.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cawley is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Cawley raised a total of $1,148,171 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 13, 2013.[6]

Jim Cawley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 PA Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $323,590
2010 PA Lieutenant Governor Won $664,367
2000 PA House of Representatives Defeated $160,214
Grand Total Raised $1,148,171


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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Scarnati (R)
Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
2011 - 2015
Succeeded by
Mike Stack (D)