Beemer was sworn into office within the last few minutes after being unanimously confirmed by the State Senate Judiciary Committee and the entire body earlier today.
Initially the First Deputy Attorney General during Kane’s tenure, Beemer testified against her and took Gov. Wolf’s offer to become Inspector General in July. Wolf then nominated Beemer for the position after Kane’s conviction and resignation.
Governor Wolf has released the following statement:
“Bruce Beemer has the unique experience and skillset 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.”
UPDATE: State Senator and GOP AG nominee John Rafferty issued the following statement:
“I was proud to support the confirmation of Bruce Beemer as our Attorney General,” Rafferty said. “Bruce Beemer is an experienced leader who will help to refocus efforts in the Office of Attorney General on keeping our families safe. With Bruce Beemer in the Office, my hope is that stability will take root.
“In November, Pennsylvanians will have a clear choice in the race for Attorney General. Josh Shapiro has no prosecutorial experience, will continue the failed Kane agenda and is running for Attorney General to set himself up for future political offices. I have served as a deputy attorney general, pledged to remove politics from the office and will restore the leadership necessary to focus efforts on protecting Pennsylvania families, including attacking the heroin/opioid epidemic, protecting our children and seniors from abuse and issues affecting Pennsylvania consumers.
“Once elected, I look forward to working with the qualified, dedicated and hardworking Pennsylvanians working at the Office of Attorney General on a shared mission of protecting this Commonwealth.”
UPDATE 2: Montgomery County Commissioner and Democratic AG nominee Josh Shapiro has also released a statement:
“We hope today’s confirmation helps put the people’s business first, from holding powerful interests accountable when they rip us off or pollute our drinking water to taking on the scammers targeting seniors, the illegal guns on our streets and the heroin epidemic decimating our communities,” Shapiro Campaign Manager Joe Radosevich said. “These are the issues that matter and what Josh Shapiro will focus on as the people’s Attorney General.”
“Clearly, putting Pennsylvanians first is a scary thing for Senator Rafferty and the Harrisburg insiders he’s spent over a dozen years voting for as a full-time politician, which is why they’re lobbing desperate attacks at Josh.”