Jewell Williams

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Jewell Williams
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Pennsylvania State House District 197
Former officeholder
In office
2001 - 2011
Term ends
November, 30 2012
Base salary79,613/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2000
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth09/08/1957
Office website
Jewell Williams (b. September 8, 1957) was a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 197. He resigned after being elected Philadelphia sheriff in November 2011.[1] House Speaker Sam Smith (R) initially maintained that he was legally prohibited from scheduling the special election until the state had established new legislative redistricting maps. However, on February 29, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the special election could not wait and set the April 24 date. The ruling also mandated elections to fill five other vacancies.[2]

Williams is a graduate of the Philadelphia Police Academy and Holy Family College. His professional experience includes his work as an Officer/Community Liaison for Temple University Police Department and as Chief of Criminal Operations for the Criminal Justice Center of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office.

In 2001, Williams joined the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He formerly served as House Deputy Minority Whip.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Williams was appointed to these committees:



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



See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Williams won re-election to the 197th District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.[3]

Pennsylvania State House, District 197
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jewell Williams (D) 16,736 100.0%


On November 4, 2008, Williams won re-election to the 197th District seat of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He received 27,779 votes running unopposed.[4]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 197
Candidates Votes Percent
Jewell Williams (D) Green check mark transparent.png 27,779 100.0%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Williams received $73,348 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]


Williams is single and has three children.

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Preceded by
Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 197
Succeeded by