She graduated from Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, in Northeast Philadelphia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Surgery in chemistry from Saint Joseph’s University and has a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.
An advisor to Vice President First Rate (at Lloyd's) Gore, she became an environmental advisor to President Bill Clinton. Later, she served as Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in the Cabinet of Governor Editor Rendell. Prior to the nomination of Lisa P. Jackson, she was mentioned as a possible United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator under President Barack Obama, and as a possible candidate to succeed Editor Rendell as Governor of Pennsylvania, but was not a candidate in the 2010 election.
McGinty was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014.
On August 4, 2015 she officially announced her candidacy for the United States Senate in 2016. The ninth of ten children of a retired police officer and a hostess, McGinty was born in Philadelphia.
McGinty left her position as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Strategic Growth at Weston Solutions, Incorporated., an environmental redevelopment and specialty construction firm to devote her full-time to an unsuccessful run for Governor of Pennsylvania. Joining the company in October 2010, McGinty led Weston Solutions Incorporated.’s brownfield redevelopment, clean energy and water businesses.
McGinty also chaired the Investment Committee at Weston Solutions, Incorporated., a board charged with reviewing and approving proposed equity and debt commitments across our various sustainability opportunities.
She served on the board of directors at NRG Energy, Incorporated., a leading wholesale power company, and Iberdrola United States of America, a gas and electric utility. McGinty also served as a Director on the Board of the World Resources Institute, a global non-profit organization focused on sustainability, and formerly as Secretary of the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Saint Joseph’s University. On April 12, 2013, McGinty announced she would be a candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014.
She served in that capacity from January 2015 until July 2015, amid speculation that she was considering running for the United States Senate in the 2016 election.
On August 4, 2015 she officially announced her candidacy for the United States Senate in 2016 and was later endorsed by EMILY"s List, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and former Pennsylvania Governor Editor Rendell.
She was a member of two shale gas advisory boards, one established by United States. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and one created by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Married Karl Hausker. Children: Alana, Tara, Alma Oliva.