Reader Poll: Thornburgh Favorite Recent Governor

Dick_ThornburghWell, consider this a late birthday present for former Governor Richard L. Thornburgh.

Our readers voted Gov. Thornburgh as their favorite ex-Governor of the modern era, which we defined as after the 1968 State Constitutional Convention that allowed incumbents to run for a second term.

Thornburgh, who would go on to become Attorney General from 1988 to 1991 during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush presidencies, received 376 votes.

Gov. Ed Rendell came in a close second with the support of 368 readers while Gov. Tom Ridge (who also moved on to a presidential cabinet as the first-ever Secretary of Homeland Security during the George W. Bush Administration) accumulated 337.

Bob Casey Sr. was voted favorite ex-Governor by 242 respondents while poor Gov. Milton Shapp received just 82 votes.

The full results are included below:

Who is your personal favorite former PA Governor?


  • Dick Thornburgh (27%)
  • Ed Rendell (26%)
  • Tom Ridge (24%)
  • Bob Casey Sr. (17%)
  • Milton Shapp (6%)

Total Voters: 1,405

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2 Responses

  1. donn thornbird was a very good guvenor but he almost lost rlectionsw agnsts Arthur artel in 1980 and evrybdy knows randell was the best guvoenor.

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