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Kathryn Boockvar
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 8
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pennsylvania
J.D.American University, Washington School of Law
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Kathryn Boockvar was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.[1] She was defeated by incumbent Michael G. Fitzpatrick.[2]



See also: Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

Boockvar ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 8th District. Boockvar was unopposed in the April 24 Democratic primary and hoped to unseat incumbent Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick (R) in the November 6 general election.[3]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[4] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[4]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kathryn Boockvar 43.4% 152,859
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael G. Fitzpatrick Incumbent 56.6% 199,379
Total Votes 352,238
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Boockvar narrowly defeated Barbara Ernsberger in the Democratic primary on May 17, winning 50.2% of the vote. She was defeated by Anne Covey in the general election on November 8, receiving 47.7 percent of the vote.[5][6][7]

See also: Pennsylvania judicial elections, 2011


  • Rated as Recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association[8]


  • Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Democrats

Recount ordered

On May 23, Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele called for a recount of votes in the Democratic primary, because the difference in votes was less than one-half of one percent. Under Pennsylvania law, that dictates that an automatic recount occur. Barbara Ernsberger could have stopped the recount, but said that Democrats in should find out who actually won. The final tally of the primary has Boockvar winning by 2,116 votes.[9][10]

Campaign donors


Boockvar was defeated by Michael Fitzpatrick in 2012. During that election cycle, Boockvar's campaign committee raised a total of $1,450,691 and spent $1,443,331.[11]

Legal career

Brockvar ran for judge on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in 2011. She was defeated by Anne Covey in the November 8 general election.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name cannot be a simple integer. Use a descriptive title


Boockvar has spent her legal career in private practice and as legal counsel for non-profit organizations. She has worked for the Legal Action Center, Lehigh Valley Legal Services, Inc., Northern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. and the Advancement Project.[12]

Judicial recusals

During the 2011 campaign, The Patriot-News newspaper asked candidates for the statewide races when it would be appropriate for a judge to recuse herself or himself from a case. In response, Boockvar said, "I don’t think it should be judges who decide whether to recuse themselves. We need more transparency and clarity."[13]

Awards and associations

  • 2005-2007 Super Lawyer, Pennsylvania Rising Star
  • 1994-present Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 1994-present Member, New York Bar Association
  • 2009-present Board of Directors Member, A Woman's Place
  • 2008-present Bucks County Bar Association
  • 2008-2010 Member, Pennsylvania Voter Coalition Member[12]

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