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Secretaries of L&I


Thomas Patrick Foley

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Thomas Patrick Foley was born on December 31, 1953 in Philadelphia. He graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School, and received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College, 1975; was a Grad Fellow at University College, Dublin; and earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.
Foley was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; counsel for Peace People of Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1979-1981; foreign policy aide and speech writer for US Representative James Shannon of Massachussets, 1982-1984, and for US Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware, 1984-1986. He is also the author of "Public Security and Individual Freedom: the Dilemma of Northern Ireland," Yale Journal of World Public Order, and other articles on politics, government and international law.
He was appointed Executive Deputy Secretary for the Department of Labor and Industry in 1987; appointed special assistant to Governor Robert P. Casey in 1989; appointed Secretary of Labor and Industry on May16, 1991.
From The Link, April 1987.