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Eugene DePasquale

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Eugene DePasquale
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Pennsylvania Auditor General
Incumbent
In office
January 15, 2013-present
Term ends
2017
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJack Wagner (D)
Compensation
Base salary$155,797
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 2016
Campaign $$1,474,829
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 95
2007-2013
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of Wooster, 1993
Master'sUniversity of Pittsburgh, 1997
J.D.Widener University School of Law, 2002
Personal
Birthday08/03/1971
Place of birthPittsburgh, PA
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Eugene DePasquale (b. August 3, 1971) is the current Democratic Auditor General of Pennsylvania. He was first elected in 2012 and was sworn in on January 15, 2013, succeeding four term auditor Jack Wagner (D).

DePasquale is a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 95 from 2007-2013. In 2012, he ran simultaneously for auditor and re-election to the House. He won both races, but chose to relinquish his seat in the House in order to assume the auditor's office.[1] A special legislative election was then called to fill the seat left vacant by DePasquale's decision move to the executive branch.[2] On May 21, 2013, fellow Democrat Kevin Schreiber won the special election to replace DePasquale in the House.[3]

Biography

DePasquale earned his B.A. in Political Science from the College of Wooster in 1993. He went on to receive his MPA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. He then received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 2002.

After earning his law degree, Depasquale began work as an attorney. He also worked for the City of York as Director of Economic Development from 2002 to 2003. He then worked as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection from 2003 to 2006.

Depasquale served as Chair of the York County Democratic Party from 1998 to 2002. He then joined the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2007. He has served in that position since, representing the 95th District.

Political career

Pennsylvania Auditor (2013-present)

DePasquale was elected on November 6, 2012 and succeeded Jack Wagner as the state auditor of Pennsylvania on January 15, 2013.

State House (2007-2013)

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Depasquale served on these committees:

Ethics

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Depasquale served on these committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Pennsylvania down ballot state executive elections, 2012

DePasquale ran for Pennsylvania Auditor and re-election to the House in 2012. He ran unopposed in both races in the April 24 primary. In the general election for state auditor, DePasquale defeated Republican John Maher and Betsy Summers (L) on November 6, 2012 to win the open seat.[4]

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, who many thought might run for the auditor position, endorsed DePasquale in late November 2011.[5]

He was re-elected to the House in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 95, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEugene DePasquale Incumbent 83% 16,804
     Independent Dave Moser 17% 3,431
Total Votes 20,235


Pennsylvania Auditor General General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEugene DePasquale 49.7% 2,729,565
     Republican John Maher 46.4% 2,548,767
     Libertarian Betsy Summers 3.8% 210,786
Total Votes 5,489,118
Election Results via Pennsylvania Department of State.


Issue positions

On his campaign website, DePasquale listed four major themes of his campaign:[6]

  • Finding savings - "Given the incredible budgetary strain facing Pennsylvanians in recent years, the office of Auditor General is even more critical. I will run audits that will identify any wasteful and inefficient spending that can be eliminated, freeing up money for critical programs."
  • Improving job creation - "The most important issue for Pennsylvania is job creation. I will consistently audit all economic development programs in order to identify those that are succeeding and those that are not so that we can either revise or eliminate them."
  • Protecting the environment - "On my first day in office as your Auditor General, I will order an immediate performance audit of the Department of Environmental Protection to make sure our constitutional right to pure water has not been compromised by natural gas drilling."
  • Funding education, healthcare, and public safety - "While we need to eliminate wasteful spending, we also need to make sure that critical programs have the funding that they need. The enormous cuts last year to education and health care programs are already taking a heavy toll on Pennsylvanians, and now eliminating hundreds of police officers is on the table. I will use the office to not only identify savings but to promote how these savings can be used."

2010

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Depasquale won re-election to the 95th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.[7]

Pennsylvania State House, District 95
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Eugene Depasquale (D) 9,832 100.0%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Depasquale won re-election to the 71st District seat of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He received 17,887 votes, defeating Republican Lon Emenheiser (5,941).[8]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 95
Candidates Votes Percent


Eugene A. Depasquale (D) Green check mark transparent.png 17,887 75.1%
Lon Emenheiser (R) 5,941 24.9%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for DePasquale is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, DePasquale raised a total of $1,474,829 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 7, 2013.[9]

Eugene DePasquale's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania Auditor* Won $0
2012 PA House of Representatives Won $762,702
2010 PA House of Representatives Won $170,791
2008 PA House of Representatives Won $240,553
2006 PA House of Representatives Won $300,783
Grand Total Raised $1,474,829
*In 2012, DePasquale reported raising $0 for the state Auditor race, which he won, and $762,702 for House of Representatives race, which he also won.

2012

DePasquale won re-election to the position of Pennsylvania House Representative in 2012. During that election cycle, DePasquale raised a total of $762,702.

*DePasquale did not report raising any money for the 2012 Auditor race, which he also won.[10] He chose to assume office as Auditor, relinquishing his state house seat.

2010

In 2010, DePasquale received $170,791 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[11]


Personal

Depasquale and his wife, Tracey, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Wagner (D)
Pennsylvania Auditor General
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Pennsylvania House of Representatives
District 95

2007–2013
Succeeded by
Kevin Schreiber (D)