HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Pennsylvania has a new attorney general tonight.
For the third time this month — the top law enforcement official in the commonwealth has changed.
After a whirl-wind day, Bruce Beemer, a native of Lackawanna County just took the oath of office.
Eyewitness news Reporter Eric Deabill has our story.
After promising to move the Office of Attorney General forward in front of a senate hearing Tuesday, Bruce Beemer was later confirmed and immediately sworn into office.
Beemer once served as First Deputy Attorney General under Kathleen Kane, who recently resigned after being convicted of perjury.
Beemer had left the office when trouble started brewing and now hopes to improve morale.
“It’s going to be a challenge but I look forward to doing that each and every day”
One of the immediate questions Beemer faces is whether to release a taxpayer-funded report on inappropriate emails among state employees.
“I have to see the report. I have to have an opportunity to review everything and I look forward to doing that”
A career prosecutor, Governor Tom Wolf says Beemer is trusted by the rank and file members in his office and understands what needs to be fixed.
“I think that there will be a quick recovery and I think people will hopefully see the attorney generals office being the light and a beacon of the commonwealth”
Beemer is a native of Clarks Summit.
He also graduated from the University of Scranton.
He was approved unanimously by the Senate today, 44-0, to lead the office for the next several months.
Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation of Bruce Beemer as Attorney General of Pennsylvania:
“Bruce Beemer has the unique experience and skill set as a prosecutor, lawyer and administrator to begin the healing necessary to put the Attorney General’s office back on track. He is trusted by the rank-and-file members of the office and understands better than anyone what must be fixed to restore the public trust. I thank the Senate for their swift confirmation and vote of confidence in Bruce and I look forward to his continued public service to the people of Pennsylvania as Attorney General.”