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Tom Foley (Pennsylvania politician)

Thomas Patrick "Tom" Foley (born December 31, 1953) is a Democratic politician from Pennsylvania. He became President of Mount Aloysius College in August, 2010.

Early life

Foley grew up in a working-class family the Philadelphia suburb of Flourtown. He attended Dartmouth College and received a law degree from Yale Law School.

Political career

After spending two years working with an NGO in Northern Ireland, Foley became a congressional aide, which included a tenure of employment under future Vice President Joe Biden. He served in the cabinet of Governor Bob Casey as Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry from 1991 to 1994. In 1994, he won an eight-way primary to become the nominee for state lieutenant governor, on a ticket with Mark Singel; Democrats lost the election by just over 3 percentage points. Foley ran for state auditor general in 1996 and, despite being the party's endorsed candidate, lost the Democratic primary to Bob Casey, Jr., the son of the former governor, by less than one percentage point. In 2000, Foley unsuccessfully challenged Ron Klink for the Democratic nomination for US Senate. Klink went on to lose to incumbent Rick Santorum in that November's election.