Governor, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Gov. Tom Corbett, who was inaugurated in 2011, previously was an assistant U.S. attorney under President Reagan, a U.S. attorney under President George H.W. Bush, and Pennsylvania's attorney general. In his first year and a half as governor, Corbett passed on-time budgets, closed a $4.2-billion deficit by controlling state spending, and did not raise taxes on businesses or working families. He continues to make state government smaller, smarter and more efficient and has encouraged private-sector job growth by lowering government barriers to job creation and reducing taxes. Corbett has enacted historic tort reform that safeguards small businesses, signed property-tax reform that puts spending control back in the hands of taxpayers, and signed a plan into law that develops Pennsylvania's natural gas resources in an environmentally safe and economically efficient manner.