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Carol Aichele
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Pennsylvania Secretary of State
Former officeholder
In office
April 26, 2011 - January 20, 2015
Term ends
PredecessorBasil Merenda
Base salary$135,228
Elections and appointments
AppointedJanuary 18, 2011
Appointed byGov. Tom Corbett (R)
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Chester County Board of Commissioners
Chester County Controller
Bachelor'sCornell University
Office website
Carol Aichele (b. February 9, 1950) is the former Republican Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She was named to the statewide executive position by Republican Governor Tom Corbett on January 12, 2011, and was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate on April 26, 2011.[1][2]

As secretary, Aichele lead the Department of State and served as Chief Election Official.[2]

Prior to joining the Corbett administration, Aichele served two consecutive terms as a member of the three-member Board of Commissioners in Chester County starting in November 2003.[3] She made a bid for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in 2010, but withdrew before the primary, saying her priority was to help Corbett win the gubernatorial race.[4]


A former elementary and middle school teacher, Aichele entered politics in November 2003 when she was elected to the Chester County Board of Commissioners. Prior to that she served as controller of Chester County, becoming the first woman to hold the position.[2]

Aichele has served in the other following roles:

  • Board Member, Student Services, Inc. for West Chester University
  • Executive Board Member, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Member, Air Force Academy Selection Board for the 7th Congressional District of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Brandywine Health and Wellness Foundation
  • Member, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Sustainability Advisory Board for the City of Philadelphia
  • Member, Transportation Management Association of Chester County


  • Bachelor's degree in economics, Cornell University

Political career

Secretary of the Commonwealth (2011-2015)

Aichele served as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from her confirmation by the state Senate on April 26, 2011, to January 20, 2015, when Governor Tom Wolf came into office.[2]

Chester County Board of Commissioners (2004–2011)

Aichele was first elected to the Chester County Board of commissioners in November 2003 and re-elected in November 2007.[2]

Chester County Controller (1998-2004)

Aichele was the first woman to serve as Controller of Chester County.[2]



Aichele was appointed as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Gov. Tom Corbett (R) on January 18, 2011.[2]


Aichele currently resides in Tredyffrin, Pennsylvania with her husband, Steve. The couple has three children and four grandchildren.[5]

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Contact information


Capitol Address:
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Office
302 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Phone: (717) 787-6458
Fax: (717) 787-1734

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Political offices
Preceded by
Basil Merenda
Pennsylvania Secretary of State
2011 - 2015
Succeeded by
Pedro A. Cortés