Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Current Lt. Gov. of Pennsylvania, Stack was elected along with Gov. Tom Wolf in 2014. As Lt. Gov., Stack is presiding officer of the PA. State Senate and chairs the Board of Pardons. Gov. Wolf appointed him as chair of the PA. Emergency Management Council. Prior to his election as Lt. Gov., Stack was a member of the State Senate, representing the 5th district, from 2001 to 2015. As a state senator, he was the Democratic chair of the Banking and Insurance Committee and a member of the Aging and Youth, Communications and Techology, Judiciary, Local Government, and Policy committees. He supports a severance tax on natural gas drilling, favors a ban on assault rifles and universal background checks, and describes himself as a “relentless advocate for senior citizens” and supporter of LGBT rights, including marriage equality and strong hate crime laws. Links to articles below discuss controversies during his tenure as Lt. Gov.
Stack, age 53, roots his progressive politics in his family heritage. His paternal grandfather was an Irish immigrant to Pennsylvania and became ae U.S. Congressman during FDR’s New Deal. His mother’s parents were Irish immigrants who worked in Schuylkill County’s anthracite coalfields but she went to Villanova Law School and became a Judge of the Municipal Court. Stack is also a graduate of LaSalle University and Villanova Law School, who worked in his father’s law office representing injured workers. He joined the PA. National Guard in 2007, serving as a JAG prosecutor.