“I’m definitely in. I’ve gone ahead and I’ve secured significant financial commitments to my campaign, the better part of $1 million, and I quit my day job,” she told the Harrisburg Patriot-News in an exclusive interview.
She had been working at Weston Solutions as an executive, overseeing the company’s brownfield redevelopment and other green efforts.
The Patriot-News wrote: “Though pro-business, she’s an environmentalist who supports gay marriage, tighter gun control, embraces Obamacare, and is pro-choice.”
Her entry to the race follows Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, pastor Max Myers, and her successor, former DEP Sec. John Hanger. Pa. Treasurer Rob McCord and state Sen. Mike Stack are also actively campaigning, though neither has declared.
PoliticsPA broke the news that McGinty was considering a bid back in March.
McGinty, 49 and a northeast Philly native, lives in Wayne in Chester County with her husband Karl Hausker (who is listed as the chairman of the exploratory committee). He has a PhD in economics. The couple has three daughters.
A Senate advisor to Al Gore, McGinty rose to become the Chairperson of the Council on Environmental Quality for the Bill Clinton administration from 1995 to 1998. Rendell tapped her as DEP Secretary from 2003 to 2008.