Kathy Boockvar

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Kathy Boockvar
Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
January 5, 2019
GovernorTom Wolf
Preceded byRobert Torres (acting)
Personal details
Born (1968-10-23) October 23, 1968 (age 50)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BA)
American University (JD)

Kathy Boockvar (born October 23, 1968)[1] is an American lawyer who currently serves as acting Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under Governor Tom Wolf since January 5, 2019 (succeeding Robert Torres), and previously served as his Senior Adviser to the Governor on Election Modernization since March 5, 2018.[2]

Prior to joining the Department of State in 2018, Boockvar served as executive director of Lifecycle WomanCare, one of the oldest continually operating birth centers in the U.S. She led and oversaw operations, management, and policies of the nonprofit women's healthcare organization, established and strengthened key partnerships with physicians, hospitals, and other organizations and professionals, and expanded services and programs.

Boockvar previously served as chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Auditor General, overseeing legal and interagency matters, and served as the Auditor General's designee on the Board of Commissioners of the Delaware River Port Authority.

For many years, Boockvar worked as a poll worker and as a voting-rights attorney, gaining extensive knowledge of and experience with state and federal election laws and regulations, as well as local and county-level practices and procedures in Pennsylvania. Boockvar also worked for over a decade as a private practice attorney with a focus on employment law, and she began her career as a nonprofit Legal Services attorney, representing low-income, disabled, and senior clients, and victims of domestic violence.

Boockvar is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1990) and the American University, Washington College of Law (J.D. 1993). She received a Performance Leadership Certificate from Cornell University in 2014, and is a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, and Pennsylvania, New York, and Washington, D.C. courts.[3]

In 2017, she received a SmartCEO Brava Award that recognizes high-impact female business leaders. She has been a volunteer attorney with Wills for Heroes since 2012, providing essential legal documents free of charge to first responders.[4]

General Election Results[edit]

After she unsuccessfully ran for the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in 2011, Boockvar ran unopposed in the Democratic primary for the 8th congressional district in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, losing to incumbent Michael G. Fitzpatrick.[5]

Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District 2012[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael G. Fitzpatrick (Incumbent) 199,379 56.6
Democratic Kathryn Boockvar 152,859 43.4
Total votes 352,238 100
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ Pennsylvania Bar Association - Kathy Boockvar Personal Data Questionnaire
  2. ^ https://archive.triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/gov-wolf-reshuffles-cabinet-ahead-of-second-term/
  3. ^ https://ballotpedia.org/Kathy_Boockvar
  4. ^ https://www.dos.pa.gov/about-us/Pages/Secretary-of-the-Commonwealth.aspx
  5. ^ Gibson, Keegan (January 12, 2012). "It's Official: Boockvar to Challenge Fitzpatrick". PoliticsPA. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  6. ^ "Statistics of Presidential and Congressional Election of November 6, 2012". Karen Haas, Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. February 28, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Torres
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania