About Richard Thornburgh

Governor Richard Thornburgh was elected twice as Governor of Pennsylvania, in 1978 and 1982, making him the first Republican to serve two successive terms. After his unanimous confirmation in the U.S. Senate, Thornburgh served three years as Attorney General of the United States (1988-1991) under Presidents Reagan and Bush, where he played a leading role in the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He became the highest ranking American at the United Nations, serving as Under Secretary General (1992-1993) and was in charge of personnel, budget and finance matters, capping a public career that spanned more than 25 years. Thornburgh graduated with an engineering degree from Yale University and earned his law degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is currently counsel to the national law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP.