SCRANTON, Pa., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Democrat Kathleen Granahan Kane, a career prosecutor, today announced her candidacy to be Pennsylvania's next Attorney General.
Kathleen, a Scranton native, has never before sought elected office; instead spent most of her career as a prosecutor in the Lackawanna County District Attorney's office. Her career highlights include:
Lackawanna County District Attorney Andrew Jarbola praised Kathleen as, "an outstanding prosecutor with a tremendous success rate. She was willing to take on difficult cases with a fearless pursuit of justice. Pennsylvanians would be well served to have her as Attorney General."
Kathleen remarked, "The health and safety of our families is our first priority. We need an Attorney General with vast law enforcement experience, from the crime scene to the courtroom. I have prosecuted thousands of criminals to protect seniors from financial and physical abuse, to guard children from cybercrimes, abuse and pornography, to ensure justice for victims of violent crimes like robbery, murder and assault and worked with schools to eliminate gangs and drugs."
Kathleen continued, "As a prosecutor, I was on the front line in fighting crime and understand what works and what needs to be fixed. In the coming months, I will detail my plans for public protection and safety, which includes tough prosecution, intervention and smart approaches to law enforcement. Pennsylvanians deserve an Attorney General who has real prosecutorial experience and a commitment to this job, not a politician."
While Kathleen has never before sought elected office, she has always dedicated herself to public service in her Northeastern Pennsylvania community as President of the Board of Trustees for Hands on Hope of Lackawanna County, as a Trustee for the Friendship House, and currently co-chair with her husband Chris of the American Heart Association Heart Ball of Lackawanna County. She is a member of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and past member of the statewide Child Abuse Coalition, and the Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Advisory Board. In 2008, Kathleen was the regional volunteer coordinator for Hillary Clinton's presidential primary campaign in the northeast.
A graduate of the Scranton public schools, Kathleen worked her way through The University of Scranton, and Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia. Her legal career began in civil litigation in Philadelphia. Later, she returned to her hometown to accept a position as an Assistant District Attorney. Kathleen now resides in Clarks Summit, PA with her husband and two sons, Christopher and Zach.
SOURCE Committee to Elect Kathleen Granahan Kane for Attorney General