|Name||Linda L. Kelly|
Edgewood, Pennsylvania , United States
Feb 09, 2011 04:07pm
|Info||Kelly, 61, began her career in the mid-1970s as an assistant district attorney in Allegheny County, joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in 1980. |
She was twice named acting U.S. Attorney, first for 15 months through October 1998 and then for five months in 2001.
After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. Attorney's Office created a national security section within its criminal division. Kelly has served as anti-terrorism coordinator for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Pittsburgh and as liaison to other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the district.
In addition, Kelly has handled the prosecution of a variety of other crimes including racketeering, narcotics cases and illegal gambling operations.
She has prosecuted and supervised a number of cases based on investigations by the Internal Revenue Service, Postal Inspector and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
As interim U.S. Attorney, Kelly has worked with the Allegheny County and Pittsburgh's Youth Works job initiative, which recruits employers for at-risk youths.
Kelly is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English, and the Duquesne University School of Law.
She and her husband, Paul, are the parents of a daughter, Kate, who is a third-year student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
If confirmed, Kelly would become Pennsylvania's first female attorney general since the office became an elected position in 1980. The last woman to hold the post was Anne X. Alpern from 1959 to 1961.