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Daylin Leach
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 13
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Pennsylvania State Senate District 17
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 5
Base salary$82,026/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Bachelor'sTemple University
J.D.University of Houston, 1983
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
Office website
Campaign website
Daylin Leach campaign logo
Daylin Leach (b. 1961) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Leach served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 2003 to 2008.


Leach earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Temple University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center. His professional experience includes working as the host of a political debate show, as a former attorney and as a part-time professor.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Leach served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Minority Chair
Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure
Environmental Resources & Energy
Commission on Sentencing


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Leach served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Leach served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Leach's campaign website lists the following issues:[1]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Unlike most politicians in Washington, Daylin believes we can’t grow our economy through tax incentives for businesses alone. We must also make “Quality of Life” investments in our infrastructure, our schools, our natural environment, and recreational family attractions, like parks, museums, and zoos."
  • The Environment
Excerpt: "Daylin will take to Congress more than a decade of experience protecting Pennsylvania’s natural environment. He has seen firsthand how the legislative process can be abused by polluters and their supporters. The United States should lead the world in progressive conservation policy, but we’re currently lagging far behind our global allies!"
  • Education
Excerpt: "Daylin believes that our future is only secure when ever American child is given the best opportunity to live our their fullest potential. Yet year-after-year our schools are underfunded, programs are cut, and teachers are not given the resources they need to help students succeed."
  • Women's Health
Excerpt: "Daylin has a family composed of a talented mother, a strong wife, and a daughter with endless potential, and believes that the inequities women face under Pennsylvania law are indefensible."
  • Civil Rights
Excerpt: "Daylin believes that achieving full equality for gay Americans is the civil-rights battle of our time. In the State Senate he introduced the bill that would enact marriage equality in Pennsylvania, while respecting the right of religious groups to choose whether or not to sanction same-sex marriages."



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2014 and Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

Leach is running for the U.S. House in Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. The current incumbent, Allyson Schwartz (D), is vacating her seat in order to run for governor in the 2014 elections.[2]

Race background

On February 26, 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed a combined three Pennsylvania races which are already showing promise of a competitive primary or a possible partisan switch. Of the eighteen total House seats up for election in 2014, Republicans currently hold thirteen.

The 13th District seat is currently held by a Democrat, Allyson Schwartz. Schwartz will vacate her seat in 2014 in order to run for governor against incumbent Tom Corbett (R)[3] and the race to succeed her has already drawn a number of hopeful candidates.

Among the six Democrats PoliticsPA highlighted as possible replacements for Schwartz, State Representative Brendan Boyle, physician and University of Pennsylvania professor Valerie Arkoosh, former Rep. Marjorie Margolies[4] and State Senator Daylin Leach - all four of whom have launched campaigns - look like strong contenders.[5][6] In Boyle's case, the 13th Congressional District happens to encompass the entirety of the 107th legislative district, which he has represented since 2009, as well as the entire district of State Rep. Kevin Boyle, his brother. But his local cache may find a formidable rival in former Pennsylvania's 13th District Rep. Marjorie Margolies, the newest entrant in the race. Her son is married to Chelsea Clinton, which portends an uphill campaign fundraising battle for her Democratic primary opponents should she decide to enlist the Clinton family's help. Upon joining the race, however, Margolies said that she “did not run on Clinton’s coattails” in 1992 and doesn’t plan to do so in 2014.[7]


Hypothetical matchup - Democratic primary race

Democratic primary - U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 13
Poll Marjorie Margolies Brendan BoyleDaylin LeachValerie ArkooshMargin of ErrorSample Size
Global Strategy Group (internal poll)
August 13-15, 2013
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


Leach's 2014 congressional campaign has been endorsed by:

  • The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses[8]
  • The United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)[9]
  • Former Rep. Joseph Hoeffel[10]

Daylin Leach "The Liberal Lion of Pennsylvania" - released May 31, 2013


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

Leach ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 17. Leach ran unchallenged in the Democratic primary on April 24 and defeated Charles Gehret (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. [11][12]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaylin Leach Incumbent 63.2% 78,508
     Republican Charles Gehret 36.8% 45,707
Total Votes 124,215


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Leach was elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 1.[13]

Leach raised $943,316 for this campaign.[14]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 17
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png LEACH, DAYLIN (D) 79,114
ROGERS, LANCE (R) 49,643

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Daylin Leach is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Daylin Leach raised a total of $1,931,906 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.[15]

Daylin Leach's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 17 Won $160,175
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 17 Not up for election $137,815
2008 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 17 Won $943,316
2006 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 149 Won $121,266
2004 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 149 Won $171,360
2002 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 149 Won $397,974
Grand Total Raised $1,931,906


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Leach's reports.[16]

Daylin Leach (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$0.00$357,590.84$(80,327.22)$277,263.62
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2013$277,263.62$171,503.06$(72,102.47)$376,664.21
Year-End[19]January 31, 2014$376,664$170,677$(66,144)$481,197
Running totals


Daylin Leach won re-election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Daylin Leach raised a total of $160,175.


Leach raised $484,052 during the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[20]

Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Democratic Party $338,950
Constance Williams $58,000
Friends of Connie Williams $30,000
Keystone Future PAC $20,000
Montgomery County Democratic Party $20,000
Pennsylvania State Education Association $15,400
Thomas Wolf $15,000
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association $15,000
Make a Difference PAC $11,000


Daylin is married to Jennifer Anne Mirak. They have two children and reside in Upper Merion, Pennsylvania.

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  1. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. PoliticsPA, "Who’s on Deck for Schwartz’s Seat?," February 26, 2013
  3. The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Allyson Schwartz files to run for Pa. governor," April 8, 2013
  4. The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Political judo: Marjorie Margolies turns weakness to strength," May 31, 2013
  5. Philadelphia Inquirer, "State Rep. Brendan Boyle of Northeast running for Congress," April 8, 2013
  6. PoliticsPA, "Who’s on Deck for Schwartz’s Seat?," February 26, 2013
  7. The Washington Post, "Marjorie Margolies running for Congress again," May 29, 2013
  8. Daylin Leach for Congress 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Recent News: Pennsylvania Nurses Endorse Daylin Leach for Congress," June 17, 2013
  9. Daylin Leach for Congress 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Recent News: UAW Endorses Daylin Leach for Congress," May 29, 2013
  10. Politics PA, "PA-13: Leach Receives Slew of New MontCo Endorsements," January 29, 2014
  11. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary," accessed March 11, 2014
  12. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Election," accessed March 11, 2014
  13. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2008 General Election," accessed March 11, 2014
  14. Follow the Money's report on 2008 campaign contributions
  15., "Leach, Daylin" Accessed September 6, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Daylin Leach 2014 Summary reports," Accessed November 12, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed November 12, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 12, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed February 12, 2014
  20. Campaign contributors to Daylin Leach
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