Corbett returns to Capitol for official portrait's unveiling

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 24, 2018 1:08 PM
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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett picks up and hugs his granddaughter Lila , 3, following the unveiling of his official portrait Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

(Harrisburg) -- Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett returned to the state Capitol on Wednesday for a ceremony to unveil his official portrait.

Corbett, 69, recounted some of the highlights of his four years in office, ending in 2015, including a multibillion-dollar transportation bill and an effort to attract a massive natural gas processing plant to western Pennsylvania.

"The Irish in me says that I'm at my own wake," the former governor joked, telling the former aides, officials and supporters that he was proud of what they accomplished together. "Hopefully there's much more ahead for all of us."

Corbett, a Republican, is also a former state attorney general and was U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh.

These days he does consulting, works in a law firm and is currently teaching a criminal prosecution class to 15 students at Duquesne Law School.

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Artist Catherine Prescott unveils the official portrait she painted of former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018, at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The oil-on-canvas painting was done by Prescott, who taught painting and drawing for 20 years at Messiah College. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Former first lady Susan Corbett recalled being delighted with the results when she first saw the oil-on-canvas painting by Catherine Prescott, a Mechanicsburg artist who taught at Messiah College.

"His accomplishments are your accomplishments, and his legacy is your legacy, too," she told the attendees.

The portrait was paid for by Corbett's inaugural committee.

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