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Barbara Hafer 48th Auditor General of Pennsylvania In office January 18, 1989[1] – January 21, 1997 [2] Preceded by Don Bailey Succeeded by Bob Casey, Jr. 33rd Treasurer of Pennsylvania In office January 22, 1997 [3] – January 18, 2005[4] Preceded by Catherine Baker Knoll Succeeded by Bob Casey, Jr. Born August 1, 1943 (1943-08-01) (age 67) Los Angeles, California Political party Democratic Party (Since 2003) Other political affiliations Republican Party (Before 2003) Spouse(s) John Pidgeon (deceased) Children Four Residence Indiana, Pennsylvania Alma mater Duquesne University Occupation Registered Nurse, Politician Barbara Hafer (born August 1, 1943, Los Angeles, California) is an American politician from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Hafer has served as a County Commissioner in Allegheny County from 1984 to 1989. In 1988, she defeated incumbent Democratic State Auditor General Don Bailey, and went on to serve two four-year terms in the post. In 1990, she was the Republican nominee for Governor against Bob Casey. Hafer was defeated by thirty-six percentage points—one of the most lopsided defeats in state history. She later successfully ran for State Treasurer in 1996, and was re-elected in 2000. The Pennsylvania Report said that "She has never marched to a regular drummer, but that is part of her long-running appeal."[5] In a 2002 PoliticsPA Feature story designating politicians with yearbook superlatives, she was named the "Most Popular."[6] In 2002, Hafer explored a run for the Republican nomination for Governor (incumbent Republican Governor Mark Schweiker had already announced his intention not to contest the race). However, after it became clear that the GOP establishment had already decided on Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher, she dropped out of the race. During the campaign, Hafer decided to endorse Democrat Ed Rendell. In 2003, Hafer completed her political conversion by switching to the Democratic Party. Her decision to endorse Rendell "psychologically helped break" the back of the Fisher campaign.[5] After her party switch, it was reported that she was considering a 2006 bid for lieutenant governor, challenging incumbent Catherine Baker Knoll in the Democratic primary. Hafer and Baker Knoll had a long standing political feud which dates to Hafer's two races for treasurer. In 1996, Hafer defeated Knoll's daughter, Mina Baker Knoll, for treasurer and in 2000 defeated Baker Knoll for treasurer. Knoll preceded Hafer as state treasurer. In early 2005, she chose not to seek the Democratic Nomination for U.S. Senate against Republican Senator Rick Santorum. Later that year, she decided against a challenge to Republican Congressman Tim Murphy, choosing instead to focus on her new consulting business. Her daughter, Beth, sought to run against Republican Congressman Tim Murphy in 2008, though narrowly lost the Democratic primary.[7] In February 2010, Hafer declared her candidacy for the Congressional seat left vacant by the death of incumbent Democrat John Murtha.[8] She sought the Democratic nomination for the May special election before ending her Congressional candidacy on March 10, 2010.[9] In the fall of 2010, Hafer was named in an estate lawsuit that revolves around her late husband, John Pidgeon. The lawsuit claims that she shifted more than $900,000 from her late husband's children and grandchildren to herself and her daughter in the final months of her husband's life. Pidgeon's children and grandchildren are claiming that Hafer took advantage of her husband's declining health and mental status in order to gain financial benefit.[10] Prior to her political career, Hafer was employed as a registered nurse. She resides in Indiana, Pennsylvania. References ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers ^ http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com ^ http://nl.newsbank.com ^ http://www.zwire.com ^ a b "The PA Report "Power 75" List" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc.. January 31, 2003. Archived from the original on 2006-09-02. http://web.archive.org/web/20060920200116/www.pa-report.com/uploaded_pdf/PAReportPower75_.pdf.  ^ "Keystone State Yearbook Committee". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2001. Archived from the original on 2002-08-31. http://web.archive.org/web/20020803170058/www.politicspa.com/yearbookcommittee.htm.  ^ "House Outlook for 2008". University of Virginia Center for Politics. October 22, 2008. http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/2008/house/?state=PA. Retrieved 2009-02-21.  ^ http://www.pa2010.com/2010/02/exclusive-hafer-running-to-succeed-murtha/ ^ Becker, Bernie (March 10, 2010). "Democrat Drops Out of Race for Murtha Seat". The New York Times. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/democrat-drops-out-of-race-for-murtha-seat/. Retrieved April 26, 2010.  ^ [1], additional text. External links Hafer for Congress official congressional campaign website OurCampaigns.com Profile Political offices Preceded by Don Bailey Auditor General of Pennsylvania 1989–1997 Succeeded by Bob Casey, Jr. Preceded by Catherine Baker Knoll Treasurer of Pennsylvania 1997–2005 Party political offices Preceded by Lowman Henry Republican nominee for Treasurer of Pennsylvania 1996 (won), 2000 (won) Succeeded by Jean Craige Pepper Preceded by William Scranton, III Republican nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania 1990 (lost) Succeeded by Tom Ridge Preceded by Susan Shanaman Republican nominee for Auditor General of Pennsylvania 1988 (won), 1992 (won) Succeeded by Bob Nyce Persondata Name Hafer, Barbara Alternative names Short description Date of birth August 1, 1943 Place of birth Los Angeles, California Date of death Place of death