Two weeks after former Pennsylvania Attorney General, Kathleen Kane was charged with multiple counts of perjury, obstruction of justice, and official oppression, the state’s Senate elected a new chief legal officer.
Bruce Beemer, Kane’s First Deputy was sworn in unanimously, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
In addition to Beemer serving as Kane’s First Deputy, his experience includes Chief of Staff to Attorney General, Linda Kelly in 2011, and Kane’s Chief of Criminal Prosecutions in 2013, according to Billypenn.com.
The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports, “Wolf nominated Beemer, the state’s inspector general from Bradford Woods, to become attorney general less than a day after Kathleen Kane stepped down as the state’s top law enforcement officer.”
The office of Governor Tom Wolf released a statement on Tuesday stating:
“Bruce Beemer has the unique experience and skill set as a prosecutor, lawyer and administrator to begin the healing necessary to put the Attorney General’s office back on track. He is trusted by the rank-and-file members of the office and understands better than anyone what must be fixed to restore the public trust. I thank the Senate for their swift confirmation and vote of confidence in Bruce and I look forward to his continued public service to the people of Pennsylvania as Attorney General.”
Congratulations to Bruce Beemer, who was sworn in this afternoon as Pennsylvania's attorney general. pic.twitter.com/aKmj7iFUan
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 30, 2016