Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania
Governor Tom Wolf has held his position of governor of Pennsylvania since Jan. 20, 2015. Wolf was born in York, Pennsylvania but grew up in Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Arts in government from Dartmouth College, Master in philosophy from the University of London, and a Pd.D. in political science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
During the time he was at Dartmouth, Wolf worked in India for the Peace Corps for two years. Upon completing his education, he worked as a forklift operator for a family-owned building materials company, Wolf Organization Inc., and eventually bought out the company. Wolf sold the company in 2006 and was nominated by former Governor Ed Rendell to be Secretary of Revenue of Pennsylvania. He stepped down from this position in 2008, in order to repurchase the Wolf Organization to save it from bankruptcy.
On April 2, 2013 Wolf announced his running for the 2014 election for governor and that he was running with $10 million of his personal wealth and hoping for $5 million from supporters. In March 2014 he was the front runner of the Democratic nomination. On November 4, 2014, Wolf was elected governor over then current governor, Tom Corbett, with 54.9% of the vote.
The first executive order he signed banned state employees from receiving gifts and the second required a bidding process for any outside legal contracts. Since the beginning of his term, Wolf has also continued a ban on oil fracking in state parks and has placed a temporary prohibition on the death penalty within the state. In his first budget in March 2015, Wolf increased education spending, reduced property and corporate tax. Wolf was voted the most liberal current governor in the United States in 2015, and a budget dispute with Republican Pennsylvania General Assembly led to 2016 being the longest period the state has been without full budget.