Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
Eugene DePasquale was elected Pennsylvania's Attorney General on November 6, 2012. Before he was Attorney General, he was third-term State Representative from York County. The first legislator to post his expenses online, he quickly became a leader for real change in Harrisburg. He has received an “A” grade for his low expenses and has been called “A Pioneer for Public Accountability” by the York Daily Record.
Eugene was born in the blue-collar city of Pittsburgh. Growing up in the Steel City in the ’70s and ’80s taught Eugene the important lessons of hard work and earning your way. He also witnessed first-hand how the closing of the steel mills devastated families and communities.
A dedicated athlete, Eugene practically grew up on the Little League and football fields of Pittsburgh. To make some money in his teen years, Eugene umpired Little League games, coached football clinics, and helped out at his family restaurant.
As a graduate of Central Catholic in Pittsburgh, Eugene learned early how to turn setbacks into successes. Despite being cut from the freshman football team he went on to be a member of the 1988 state championship football team. Eugene was also initially denied admission to the College of Wooster in Ohio. However, learning an important lesson regarding the need for a more disciplined approach to academics, Eugene was later accepted at the college, where he went on to be awarded the Most Outstanding Senior of his graduating class for his academic, athletic and community accomplishments. Eugene was also a member of the football and baseball teams at Wooster, and his football teammates voted him ‘Most Inspirational” in 1992.
During graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh he fell in love with Tracey Secrest. Tracey was a public school teacher in York County at the time. As a result, they decided to start their family in York. Tracey continued to teach while Eugene went to night law school at Widener University and worked during the day as the Director of Economic Development for York City, which saw a net increase of 51 businesses during his tenure.
Eugene completed Law School in 2002 and in 2003 answered Governor Ed Rendell’s call to assist Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty in leading the charge for renewable energy in Pennsylvania. The Governor and Secretary charged him with recruiting Gamesa, the world’s second largest wind company, to Pennsylvania. Competing against 37 states, Pennsylvania was selected. Gamesa now has its U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia and manufacturing plants in Bucks and Cambria Counties and is supplying enough wind energy to power over 150,000 Pennsylvania homes.
In 2006, the 95th legislative seat became open. Believing Harrisburg needed a shake-up, Eugene resigned his post at the Department of Environmental Protection. Despite a large amount of negative television spending against him, Eugene was elected with close to 59% of the vote. He was re-elected with over 75% of the vote in 2008, and was unopposed in 2010.
Immediately after being sworn into office, Eugene began his drive for reform. He played a key role in passing one of the most aggressive open records laws in the country. Eugene was the first legislator to post his legislative expenses online, and managed to keep those expenses low enough to return more than $36,000 unused taxpayer dollars. Eugene also had his Alternative Energy Investment Act signed into law by Governor Rendell. This law has provided real savings to consumers, created jobs and helped reduce our dependence on foreign energy. His most recent legislative accomplishment was winning, after a five-year battle, a ban on texting while driving.
As Auditor General, Eugene works for middle-class Pennsylvanians and to protect the important programs that make a difference in our lives, including education, jobs programs and public safety. He will be an advocate for communities affected by the Marcellus Shale drilling. On day one, Eugene will order a review of how we are monitoring water pollution to make certain that the rush for greater corporate profits doesn’t come at the expense of our health, our drinking water or the character of our communities.
Eugene resides in West Manchester Township with his wife Tracey and two children, Benjamin and Sarah.