Governor-elect Tom Wolf announced today that McGinty will serve as his Chief of Staff once he assumes office. In the meantime, she will help Wolf build his team during the transition.
“Katie McGinty has broad experience in state and federal government and in the private sector,” said Gov.-elect Tom Wolf. “She will be an asset to my administration and to the people of Pennsylvania. In federal and state government, Katie worked with diverse interests to achieve meaningful change in difficult environments. Her experience will help me work with Republicans and Democrats to move Pennsylvania forward.”
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. Gov. Rendell tapped her as DEP Secretary from 2003 to 2008.
McGinty and Wolf actually worked together in the Rendell cabinet in 2007 and 2008 while Wolf was Secretary of Revenue.
Initially, McGinty ran for the same position Wolf won. Unlike her opponents, however, McGinty ran a positive race and didn’t hit Wolf with negative attacks.
After the primary was over, Wolf tried to install McGinty as Chair of the PA Democratic Party but the incumbent Jim Burn refused to step down. Instead, McGinty became Chair of Wolf’s PAC FreshStartPA.
Fresh Start was a constant presence during the campaign and was able to both supersede the state Democratic Party and attack Gov. Corbett so Wolf didn’t have to.
Now, McGinty will have a much more powerful position than party chair. As Chief of Staff she’ll be arguably the second-most powerful person in the Wolf Administration.