Richard Thornburgh
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Dick Thornburgh
Portrait of Richard Thornburgh

President of the United States
January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993

Predecessor Bob Dole
Successor Michael Dukakis
Vice President

Governor of Pennsylvania
1979 – 1987

Born July 16, 1932
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Spouse Ginny Judson Thornburgh
Political Party Nationalist
Religion Episcopalian
Richard Thornburgh was the President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Before that, Richard served as Governor of Pennsylvania for nearly a decade, and became widely known for balancing the state's budget, creating jobs, and being tough on crime. During the 1984 Nationalist primaries, Thornburgh came in second behind incumbent president Bob Dole. In 1988, with Dole's vice president declining to run, Thornburgh quickly jumped out ahead in the polls and secured the nomination. Thornburgh would win the 1988 presidential election.

The economy of the United States would take a downturn during his term and Russia's economic power rose. Russia would be seen by American voters to be winning the Cold War as it added several nations in Europe to its greater union. Thorburgh, despite promising to be tough on Russia, proved unable the prevent these annexations.

As Thornburgh ran for re-election, the already waning public opinion dived as scandals during his role as Governor broke out. Thornburgh would be closely defeated in the 1992 election by Liberal candidate Michael Dukakis.