Eugene A. DePasquale began his second term as Pennsylvania’s 51st Auditor General on January 17, 2017.
During his first term, Auditor General DePasquale delivered on his promise to be a tough, fair and independent fiscal watchdog for Pennsylvania taxpayers. So far, his audits have identified nearly $600 million in misspent or potentially recoverable state money including urging the state pension plans to cut another $100 million in Wall Street investment fees.
His growing reputation as a national leader in fiscal accountability and government transparency were galvanized by eliminating the department’s 244-car fleet and being the first statewide elected official to put his travel expenses online for public inspection as well as all of his department’s monthly expenses.
Auditor General DePasquale’s ongoing work touches the lives of all Pennsylvanians. He is most proud of the work that led to fixing the state’s child-abuse hotline, ChildLine, where more than 58,000 calls went unanswered before his audit; reducing the number of untested rape kits in Pennsylvania and across the nation; and recommending improvements in the state’s response to the opioid crisis. He continues to fight to protect children from abuse, end the backlog of untested rape kits, make college affordable for the middle class, and ensure seniors have access to the services they need.
His audit of the Philadelphia Parking Authority helped crack down on sexual harassment policies creating a safer work environment for women. The audit also helped to ensure the Philadelphia School District is receiving the appropriate funding from the parking authority.
At the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is driving reforms to ensure residents have safe, drinkable water.
Auditor General DePasquale continues to support improving safety and efficiency of transportation infrastructure. He was a key proponent of public transit reform that ensures riders in South Central Pennsylvania have a more efficient and effective system.
His special report on the Democratic National Convention Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee’s $10 million state grant found that the lack of claw-back provisions allowed the committee to spend a $2 million surplus on pay outs to staffers and donations to charities. Since that report, the governor ordered a change to grant contracts to require such claw-back provisions.
His work on charter school reform is frequently mentioned in the Washington Post and was featured on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
His progressive and aggressive approach to tackling tough challenges makes him a sought-after speaker and has earned him numerous statewide accolades, national recognition as a Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellow, and an appointment among The NewDEAL Leaders from across the country.
Auditor General DePasquale was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where he graduated from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School as a member of the state championship football team.
He earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio, where he played baseball and football. He went on to earn his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), and his law degree from the Widener University School of Law.
He lives in York County, where he enjoys watching his teenagers, Ben and Sarah, play music and sports.
When he is not traveling the state announcing audit results, he coaches American Legion baseball in York and trains to defend his title as the only statewide elected official in the nation to complete the grueling Spartan Race Trifecta. In December 2017, he completed the Spartan Race Ultra World Championship — a 24-hour obstacle and endurance race in Iceland.
Before winning statewide election as Auditor General, DePasquale served three terms in the House of Representatives, where he built a proven track record of consistently working to make Pennsylvania government more ethical and open. The first member of the General Assembly to post his expenses online, he also fought for middle-class jobs, education funding and a ban on texting while driving.