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Jack Wagner

Wagner at an AFL-CIO event on August 12, 2008

Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 18, 2005
Preceded by Robert P. Casey Jr.

Member of the Pennsylvania Senate from the 42nd district
In office
May 24, 1994[1] – January 18, 2005
Preceded by Eugene F. Scanlon
Succeeded by Wayne Fontana

Born Beechview, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nancy
Children 2
Residence Beechview, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Religion Roman Catholic
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Jack Wagner is the current auditor general of Pennsylvania. The statewide elected office is charged with serving as the commonwealth’s independent fiscal monitor. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

His niece, Chelsa Wagner, is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 22nd District.

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Background

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Military Service and Education

Auditor General Wagner is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recipient of the Purple Heart and other military commendations for service in the Vietnam War from 1966-68. "In the demilitiarized zone between North and South Vietnam, Wagner's squad got caught in an ambush." Wagner was among three wounded, twelve others died.[2] After being discharged from the Marines, he attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where he graduated in 1974 with a degree in Safety Management. While a student at IUP, Wagner worked as a paramedic with Citizens Ambulance Service serving Indiana County and taught evening emergency responder courses at Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School in Ebensburg. Wagner received IUP's Distinguished Alumni Award for service to the community and the university in 1994.

Family

Wagner is married to Nancy. The couple has two children: Luke and Sara.[3]

Politician

Wagner was running a restaurant in 1980 when his community experienced serious water problems. He organized a community meeting which no public officials attended. He chose to run that evening.[2]

City of Pittsburgh

Councilman Wagner served on Pittsburgh City Council for 10 years representing his Beechview neighborhood. He served as Council President from 1990-93. In May 1994, Wagner was elected to the Senate of Pennsylvania in a special election.

Pennsylvania State Senate

Wagner served in the leadership of the State Senate as Democratic Caucus Chairman and as the Democratic chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. He also served on the Appropriations; Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness; Rules and Executive Nominations; and Policy committees.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Wagner ran for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in the 2002 Democratic primary on a ticket with then-Auditor General Robert P. Casey, Jr. Despite Democratic State Committee endorsement, he lost to former State Treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll, who became the running mate of the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell.

In 2004, Sen. Wagner ran to succeed Casey as Auditor General and won in a landslide. He became Pennsylvania's 50th elected Auditor General on January 18, 2005. He is responsible for auditing school districts, executive agencies, and state commissions to ensure fiscal responsibility. The legislature is exempt from the Auditor General’s purview. The Auditor General also serves as an ex officio commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority.

Wagner won re-election by a landslide on November 4, 2008, beating Republican businessman Chet Beiler.[4] Wagner outpolled Beiler 59% to 38%. He earned the most votes of any candidate in Pennsylvania (3.26 million), including Presidential candidate Barack Obama.[5]

Wagner announced his candidacy for Governor of Pennsylvania on July 20, 2009, becoming the first Democrat to publicly declare his candidacy for the office.[6]

Wagner had been considered a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania in 2010 prior to his gubernatorial announcement.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate - 1993-1994". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. http://staffweb.wilkes.edu/harold.cox/legis/177S.pdf. 
  2. ^ a b Elaine Jacobs Smith, "The Long Shot," IUP Magazine (Winter 2008), 3.
  3. ^ Auditor General Jack Wagner, Official Biography, Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General. http://www.auditorgen.state.pa.us/about/bioWagner.html (20 Jan 2008).
  4. ^ "Wagner wins second term as auditor general". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2008-11-05. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08310/925432-100.stm. 
  5. ^ The Pennsylvania Department of State website http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/ .
  6. ^ "Auditor Gen. Wagner: 'I'm Running For Governor'". KDKA Radio. 2009-07-20. http://kdka.com/politics/Jack.wagner.governor.2.1093568.html. 
  7. ^ "Who Runs for Senate if Voinovich Retires?". Washington Post. 2009-01-01. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/11/AR2009011102730_2.html. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert P. Casey, Jr.
Auditor General of Pennsylvania
2005 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Eugene F. Scanlon
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 42nd District
1994 – 2005
Succeeded by
Wayne Fontana

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