Judge Wade Kagarise
Judge of the Blair County Court of Common Pleas, present
Blair County Assistant District Attorney, 7 years
Blair County Chief Deputy District Attorney, 8 years
Private Practice, Family and Civil Litigation, 12 years
Western PA Federal Court Nominating Committee, member
Saint Francis University, Adjunct Professor Criminal Justice/Sociology
Widener University School of Law, JD
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, BA in Criminology
Blair County Republican Committee, former committeeman
Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, former member
College Republicans of Pennsylvania, former statewide chairman
U.S. Army Reserves (veteran), infantryman
Long time Rotarian, current vice president of local club
Supporter of many community, volunteer, and non-profit organizations
Judge Wade Kagarise’s candidacy offers voters a deep range of personal and professional experience for the Superior Court. A self-described originalist, Kagarise believes a judge should look to the Constitution and the law to determine legislative intent—not legislate from the bench.
Judge Wade Kagarise has served the Blair County Court of Common Pleas since January of 2014, presiding over hundreds of criminal, family, and civil matters each year. Service beyond the courtroom quickly expanded with an appointment by Governor Tom Corbett to serve as a member of the State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision. He also received an appointment to the legislative committee of the Conference of State Trial Judges. Today, Judge Kagarise leads the Blair County Court’s Mental Health Services Committee, created to redesign standards for delivering needed mental health services for eligible offenders. Before his election to the bench, Kagarise was tapped by Senator Pat Toomey to serve on a bipartisan advisory committee on federal judicial appointments.
Wade Kagarise served as a prosecutor for over 15 years, and in 2006 was promoted to Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Blair County District Attorney’s office. During his service, he helped deliver thousands of convictions, including the successful prosecution of homicide and death penalty cases.
As a private practice attorney, he earned a reputation as a patient, thorough advocate for clients involved in family, civil, and labor law matters. Wade is licensed to practice law in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Since 2009, Kagarise has been an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice/Sociology Department of Saint Francis University, teaching courses in Criminal Law and the American Court System.
He graduated with honors from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and then earned a juris doctorate from Widener University School of Law.
A resident of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Wade is a longtime Rotarian and personally supports several community and service organizations. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves where he served as an Infantryman.
At age 19, Wade was elected GOP precinct committeeman, and would later become state chairman of the College Republicans of Pennsylvania during the Republican Revolution of 1994. In addition to service on the Republican State Committee, he also served the county party as vice chairman and coordinator for numerous statewide campaigns.
Wade Kagarise has remained an outspoken advocate for commonsense, conservative government.
Kagarise for Superior Court Committee
Post Office Box 98
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648