HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett on Thursday named a Philadelphia-area lawyer, Julia K. Hearthway, to serve as his labor secretary, rounding out his 27-member cabinet.
Hearthway, 54, of Pottstown, will lead the Department of Labor and Industry, responsible for overseeing unemployment compensation, workers' compensation for job-related injuries, and job training programs.
Hearthway is chief deputy attorney general for insurance fraud, a post she held during Corbett's tenure as attorney general. Her nomination must be confirmed by the state Senate.
Hearthway is one of at least a half-dozen employees of the Attorney General's Office whom Corbett has brought with him to serve in cabinet or top staff posts in his administration.
Sen. Tina Tartaglione of Philadelphia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, said she did not know Hearthway but cautioned that she would be taking the reins of an agency critical to expanding employment at a time when Corbett is proposing cuts to job-training programs.
"She needs to be a consensus builder," said Tartaglione. "And she needs to know that we need jobs, jobs, jobs."
Michelle Stanton, executive director of the Pennsylvania Auto Theft Prevention Authority, said Hearthway built bridges between diverse groups as the volunteer chairman of her group's board for many years.
"Our board includes law enforcement and industry," said Stanton. "She led that group and was very respected."
Hearthway was hired by the Office of the Attorney General in 1993, and has served as a chief deputy attorney general in charge of the insurance fraud section since 2001.
From 1986 to 1990, Hearthway was an assistant district attorney in Montgomery County.