Linda L. Kelly is confirmed as the Attorney General of Pennsylvania

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May 25, 2011


by Eileen McGuire-Mahony

Harrisburg, PENNSYLVANIA: Republican Governor Tom Corbett has now officially named his own replacement. Prior to his election in last autumn's midterms, he served as the Keystone State's Attorney General. Today, longtime Allegheny County prosecutor Linda L. Kelly succeeds him.[1]

She leaves her post as senior litigation counsel for the U.S. Attorney's office in Pittsburgh, an office where she also spent over a year as the Acting U.S. Attorney. She also enters her new job with generous praise from colleagues. Law professor Bruce Antkowiak pronounced her an “excellent trial attorney [and] and excellent choice”.[2] “Her level of judgment is just so highly defined and respected, she'd be an excellent choice”.

Commenting on the Senate's unanimous confirmatory vote,[3] Governor Corbett said, '"I have known Linda for more than 30 years, and can say from first-hand experience that the enforcement of Pennsylvania's laws has been placed in steady, reliable and honest hands."

Following her Senate confirmation, Attorney General Kelly is Pennsylvania's first female Attorney General since the position became an elected office in 1980. However, she won't actually be the first woman elected to the office; she has already gone on record saying she will keep the tradition of appointed Attorneys General not running for a full term.[4] Pennsylvania next elects the office in 2012.

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