Attorney General Kathleen Kane
Kathleen Kane was elected Pennsylvania's Attorney General on November 6, 2012. She is the first female Attorney General to be elected in the Commonwealth.
Kathleen, a veteran prosecutor, has experience from the crime scene to the courtroom. Her career spans thousands of cases from murder and assault to child abuse and elder abuse, from rape and domestic violence, to public corruption and insurance fraud.
Kathleen has worked with victims and families, has prosecuted thousands of criminals, and has the experience we need as our next Attorney General.
As an Assistant District Attorney for Lackawanna County, Kathleen began in the child abuse/sexual assault unit spending several years prosecuting gruesome cases of physical and sexual abuse of children and adults. Simultaneous to the duties of this unit, Kathleen specialized in cases involving elder abuse, prosecuted white-collar criminals, and exposed abuses in Orphans’ Court. Due to her distinguished service, she was selected as the Deputy to head the county’s first Insurance Fraud Task Force. In addition, she has contributed to pioneering law enforcement programs, like Lackawanna County’s Mental Health Court, in order to solve problems through other effective and collaborative methods of law enforcement, not just prosecution.
Born and raised in Scranton PA, Kathleen’s working class upbringing contributes heavily to her work ethic. A graduate of the Scranton public school system, Kathleen continued her education at The University of Scranton and Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia. Her legal career began with civil litigation with the firm of Post & Schell, P.C. in Philadelphia before returning home to accept a position as an Assistant District Attorney in the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office.
Kathleen resides in Clarks Summit, PA with her husband Chris and two sons, Christopher and Zach. She is the daughter of Ellen Walsh Gordon and Joe Granahan and the stepdaughter of Jim Gordon. Her mother and father-in-law are Joan Kane and the late Gene Kane, Sr.