|Linda L. Kelly|
|Pennsylvania Attorney General|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed by||Governor Tom Corbett|
|Bachelor's||University of Pittsburgh|
|J.D.||Duquesne University School of Law|
Kelly is a native of Allegheny County, the Western Pennsylvania county that is home to Pittsburgh. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and the Duquesne University School of Law, and began her legal career in the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office in 1975. From that post, she was recruited by the U.S. Attorney's Office. All told, Kelly spent 30 years as a federal prosecutor and senior litigation counsel with the U.S. Attorney's Western Pennsylvania Office in Pittsburgh. During that time, she twice served as Acting U.S. Attorney, in 1998 and again in 2001.
After the September 11th attacks, she worked as the anti-terrorism coordinator for the U.S. Attorney. For the past ten years, she has served both as senior litigation counsel and the office's anti-terrorism liaison.
- BA, University of Pittsburgh
- JD, Duquesne University School of Law
Attorney General of Pennsylvania (2011-present)
In February 2011, Linda Kelly was nominated by newly elected Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett to complete his unexpired term as attorney general. She was confirmed by the state senate in March of that year and took the oath of office on May 27. Kelly is the first female to hold the office since it became an independent elected office in 1981, and is only the second woman to ever serve as attorney general of Pennsylvania.
Kelly did not file for the attorney general race in 2012, honoring the "gentlemen's agreement" whereby state-row appointees acting in an elected official's stead forgo seeking a subsequent full term. In at least one way, she considers her transient position to be a luxury, remarking that “It’s been sort of a liberating experience to be here and not have to deal with the politics of the office.”
Kelly will not seek election to a full four-year term in 2012.
Linda and her husband, Paul, live in Edgewater. Their only child, Kate, finished her own law degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 2011.
Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
16th Floor, Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17120
- PittsburghLive.com, "State's new attorney general will complete corruption cases," August 15, 2011
- Attorney General of Pennsylvania Linda Kelly "History of the Office of Attorney General," accessed April 2, 2012
- The Patriot News "Should the next Pennsylvania attorney general be barred from seeking higher office while serving?", March 29, 2012