Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett


Governor and First Lady
Tom Corbett and Susan Manbeck Corbett are lifelong Pennsylvania residents.

The Corbetts met in 1968 while attending Lebanon Valley College in Annville and married in 1972.

Susan began her career in the Northern Lebanon School District teaching Senior High English, while Tom taught civics and history in Pine Grove Area High School in Schuylkill County. They moved to San Antonio, where Susan worked as a legal secretary while Tom earned his degree from St. Mary’s Law School. After their two children, Tom and Kate, were born, Susan dedicated several years to staying home and raising a family.

In the early 1980's, Tom Corbett served President Ronald Reagan as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and later, under George H.W. Bush, he served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. In 1995, he was appointed Attorney General of Pennsylvania by Governor Tom Ridge, before being elected to the office in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.

While Attorney General, Tom Corbett focused his efforts on protecting Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens. He instituted programs that safeguard our children from internet predators, our seniors from fraud and abuse, our communities from gangs and violence associated with illegal drugs, and the citizens of Pennsylvania from abuse of power and government corruption.

In 2010, Tom Corbett was elected the 46th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In his inaugural year he passed the first on-time budget in nine years and closed a $4.2 billion deficit by controlling state spending and keeping his promise to hold the line on taxes. Tom Corbett has also enacted historic tort reform that safeguards small businesses, signed property tax reform that puts spending control back in the hands of taxpayers, crafted an education proposal that puts students first, and signed a plan into law that develops Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources in an environmentally safe and economically efficient manner.

Susan Corbett has had a life-long dedication to the arts. She resumed her professional career in 1990 as a special projects manager for the President’s Office at Carnegie Museums and the Director’s Office of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. She served as Assistant Producer and then Executive Director of Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures, a nationally-recognized literary arts organization.

From 2006 to 2010, Susan served as Vice-President for Programs and Development for the Gettysburg Foundation, a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service that works to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg.

Now grown, the Corbetts’ son Tom is a project manager for EA (Electronic Arts) in California while their daughter Kate is a prosecutor in Philadelphia.

Since moving into the Governor’s Residence in 2011, the Corbett’s, life-long pet lovers, added two new pets to the family. Named by children of Pennsylvania in a statewide contest, Penny and Harry can be seen daily running and playing in the Residence gardens.

And the most recent addition to the family, Liam, is Tom and Susan’s first grandchild.