Bruce R. Beemer was appointed Inspector General by Governor Tom Wolf on July 25, 2016. On Aug. 30, 2016, he was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate and sworn in as Attorney General after Governor Wolf nominated him to fill a vacancy in that office. Beemer resumed his tenure as Inspector General on Jan. 17, 2017, when newly elected Attorney General Josh Shapiro was sworn in.
Prior to joining the Office of Inspector General, Beemer served as First Deputy in the Office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Criminal, Civil and Public Protections Divisions.
Beemer previously served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office. After joining that office as an Assistant District Attorney in 1996, he worked in the Crimes Persons, Narcotics and Homicide Trial Units where he tried more than 100 jury trials and prosecuted more than 75 homicide cases. He was responsible for several gang-related prosecutions within the City of Pittsburgh involving multi-jurisdictional coordination with state and federal agencies.
In 2005, Beemer was made supervisor of the District Attorney's General Trial Unit and Summary Appeals Unit. He managed more than 30 prosecutors in the office and regularly advised city, county and municipal police departments on legal issues relating to active investigations. He trained police officers and prosecutors on behalf of the Municipal Police Officer Training and Education Center, the Allegheny County Police Academy and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.
From 2005 to 2010 Beemer was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Law, where he taught trial advocacy to third-year law students. He served as a Board Member for the Center for Victims of Violent Crime from 2010 to 2013.
In 2010, Beemer left the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office to engage in a private practice focused on plaintiff environmental toxic tort cases and white-collar criminal defense. In late 2011, he was appointed Chief of Staff for the Office of Attorney General of Pennsylvania under Attorney General Linda Kelly and, in 2013, he was appointed Chief of Criminal Prosecutions under Attorney General Kathleen Kane. In 2014, he was appointed First Deputy.
Beemer graduated summa cum laude in 1992 from the University of Scranton and, in 1995, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He lives just north of Pittsburgh in Bradford Woods. He and his wife, Jodi, have two children.