Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley
LT. Governor Jim Cawley

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JIM CAWLEY


Jim Cawley was inaugurated as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on January 18th, 2011. He has worked side-by-side with Governor Tom Corbett to deliver on their promises to restore fiscal discipline in Harrisburg and create jobs for Pennsylvanians.

In 2011, Governor Corbett appointed Cawley to chair the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, which for the first time brought together representatives from the natural gas industry, environmental advocacy groups, academia and state and local government. The panel unanimously approved 96 recommendations to the Governor for the responsible development of natural gas in Pennsylvania. These recommendations became the basis for the historic, comprehensive law known as Act 13 of 2012.

In March of 2012, Cawley won national recognition for his work on Marcellus Shale when he received the 2012 Public Leadership in Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award from General Electric in partnership with the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA).

Following the devastating floods from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, the Governor asked Cawley to lead the disaster recovery task force. Cawley brought together several state agencies and coordinated response efforts between the federal, state and local emergency management agencies in 20 different counties. The state’s fast and comprehensive response to the flood earned praise from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In September of 2012, Gov. Corbett established the Military Community Protection Commission to advocate for Pennsylvania’s military installations and the important role they play in the state economy and national security. Cawley chairs the commission, which will monitor federal activities that impact these bases and the jobs they represent.

Based on his strong track record in working closely with government and community leaders, Cawley was appointed to the Delaware River Port Authority’s board of commissioners by Gov. Corbett in March of 2014. The Delaware River Port Authority of Pennsylvania and New Jersey is a regional transportation agency that works to provide safe, reliable, customer-friendly transportation to the people of southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.

As Lt. Governor, Cawley also serves as the President of the Senate, oversees the Board of Pardons and chairs the Governor’s Local Government Advisory Committee.

In 2005, Cawley was appointed to the Bucks County Board of Commissioners. In 2007, he was elected to a full term as commissioner. During his tenure, Cawley held the line on property taxes for five consecutive years, increased the county's bond rating to its highest level ever, and cut the cost of government.

As a County Commissioner, Cawley worked to provide assistance to expand the Bucks County Community College, open a state-of-the-art, 9-1-1 call center, and built a new training facility for volunteer firefighters. He also helped to form the Economic Development Advisory Board to strengthen business initiatives, implementation and marketing in the county to help create jobs.

Prior to his election as County Commissioner, Cawley earned first-hand experience in the legislative process serving as Chief of Staff to State Senator Tommy Tomlinson. Cawley also served on the board of the Bristol School District, where he voted against tax increases while ensuring quality public education for the students.

Cawley has been active in charitable and civic affairs. He served on the board of directors for Lower Bucks Hospital and as a trustee of Bucks County Community College. He serves as the Governor’s representative on the Temple University Board of Trustees.

A graduate of Bishop Egan High School, Cawley graduated cum laude from Temple University's College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He received a law degree from Temple University School of Law. Cawley and his wife, Suzanne, have a son, Nicky


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