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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: TV personality Alex Trebek attends the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation at the Official Residence of Canada on June 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Answer: He is a quiz show host-turned-political debate moderator.

If you said, “Who is Alex Trebek?” you’d be right — the “Jeopardy!” host will moderate a gubernatorial debate in Pennsylvania a month prior to the general election.

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry announced on Tuesday that it has extended an invitation to the 2018 gubernatorial candidates for a 45-minute debate at their 34th annual Chamber Dinner this October. Trebek will also serve as the dinner’s keynote speaker.

Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr said in a statement that Trebek’s “background hosting one of America’s most beloved television quiz shows make him uniquely qualified to moderate what is sure to be a lively and informative gubernatorial debate.”

Trebek was born in Canada and became a naturalized citizen in 1998. In an email to Salon, Trebek described himself as “a social liberal and a fiscal conservative.” He also told The Hill he thought the 2016 presidential race was “very disappointing on both sides.”

The host also told the Hill that he’d “love” to moderate a presidential debate.

“Unlike some of the other moderators — I’m not going to disparage them — but I have a different approach,” he said in 2013. “I would not let the politicians get away with standard responses. I would try to pin them down, even though I might look bad doing it.”

Last month, Trebek returned to filming “Jeopardy” after he went on a medical leave to recover from surgery to remove blood clots from his brain, a complication from hitting his head in October.

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