PA committee approves Bruce Beemer as Attorney General candidate, Senate votes next

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The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee moved to approve Tuesday, August 30 Inspector General Bruce Beemer for Attorney General.

He would replace former convicted Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who resigned as the latter part of an ethics investigation. Kane was found guilty Monday, August 15 for a series of crimes relating to a 2014 grand jury leak.

A Montgomery County jury convicted Kane of perjury, false swearing, obstruction, conspiracy, and official oppression. The six-man, six-woman jury needed just four and a half hours of deliberation after more than a week of testimony and arguments.

Bemmer was nominated by Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf. Prior to serving as the Commonwealth’s current Inspector General, he served as first deputy in the Office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Criminal, Civil, and Public Protection Division, as well as being responsible for the management of almost 800 employees.

The full vote now goes before the state Senate.