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Candidate for
Governor of Pennsylvania
Bachelor'sDartmouth College (1972)
Master'sUniversity of London (1978)
Ph.D.Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981)
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Tom Wolf is a York businessman, and was the 2014 Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania.[1]


A businessman, Wolf serves as CEO and chairman of the Wolf Organization, a distributor of kitchen and bath cabinetry and supplier of building materials. Wolf has spent two years in India with the Peace Corps, worked at a hardware store, and was a truck driver. He served as state revenue secretary under Gov. Ed Rendell from February 2007 through November 2008.


  • Bachelor's degree, Dartmouth College, 1972
  • Master's degree, University of London, 1978
  • PhD, political science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981

Wolf's doctoral dissertation is titled Congressional Sea Change: Conflict and Organizational Accommodation in the House of Representatives 1878-1921. It focuses on the dynamics of change in Congress during that period of time.
Wolf has stated, "We have a tradition in this country to take institutions back, to reassert control. ... I learned in my dissertation that change actually happens."[2][3]



See also: State executive official elections, 2014

Wolf ran for election to the office of Governor of Pennsylvania. Wolf won the Democratic nomination in the primary election, which was held in May 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]


Wolf defeated three opponents to win the primary.

Governor of Pennsylvania, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Wolf 57.9% 488,917
Allyson Schwartz 17.6% 149,027
Rob McCord 16.8% 142,311
Kate McGinty 7.7% 64,754
Total Votes 845,009
Election Results via Pennsylvania Department of State.


Minimum wage

In December 2013, in response to Governor Tom Corbett's opposition to a state minimum wage increase, Wolf responded with his support for the wage increase and criticized Corbett's position. "I believe we need to raise the minimum wage to help Pennsylvania’s workers and strengthen the economy,” Wolf said in a written statement. "It is clear that Tom Corbett does not have a real plan to get our economy back on track."[4]

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