LeAnna Washington

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LeAnna Washington
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Pennsylvania State Senate, District 4
Former member
In office
2005-October 31, 2014
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2005
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1993-2005
Education
Master'sLincoln University, 1989
Personal
BirthdayJuly 28, 1945
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
ReligionBaptist
CandidateVerification
LeAnna M. Washington is a former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 4 from 2005 to October 31, 2014. She resigned after she plead guilty to felony conflict of interest as part of a plea agreement.[1]

Washington served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1993 to 2005.

Washington was defeated in the May 20, 2014, Democratic primary by Art Haywood.

Biography

Washington earned a master's degree in Human Services from Lincoln University in 1989. Her professional experience includes working as a Manager for the Philadelphia Parking Authority Employee Assistance Program and a District Office Manager for former State Senator Joseph Rocks.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Aging & Youth, Minority Chair
Appropriations
Urban Affairs & Housing
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in that election was March 11, 2014. Art Haywood defeated incumbent LeAnna Washington and Brian Gralnick in the Democratic primary, while Robin Gilchrist was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ines Reyes ran as an Independent candidate. Haywood defeated Gilchrist and Reyes in the general election.[3][4][5]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngArt Haywood 81.4% 78,001
     Republican Robin Gilchrist 17.2% 16,498
     Independent Ines Reyes 1.4% 1,355
Total Votes 95,854

2010

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Washington won re-election to District 4. She defeated W. Lamont Thomas in the May 18 Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[6]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 4
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png LeAnna Washington (D) 84,167

2006

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Washington was elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 4.[7] Washington raised $134,527 for this campaign.[8]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 4
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png WASHINGTON, LEANNA M. (D) 77,396
HOLT, RON (R) 14,523

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for LeAnna Washington is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, LeAnna Washington raised a total of $643,604 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.[9]

LeAnna Washington's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 4 Not up for election $52,325
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 4 Won $159,413
2008 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 4 Not up for election $111,085
2006 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 4 Won $134,527
2004 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 200 Won $47,850
2002 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 200 Won $53,845
2000 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 200 Won $59,497
1998 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 200 Won $25,062
Grand Total Raised $643,604

2012

LeAnna Washington was not up for election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, LeAnna Washington raised a total of $52,325.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to LeAnna Washington's campaign in 2012
Pennsylvania Association for Justice$9,000
Phila Pac$2,500
Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists$2,000
Afscme Council 13$1,300
Battle, Maria M Pajil$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$52,325
Source:Follow the Money

2010

LeAnna Washington raised $159,413 during the 2010 election cycle.

Her top contributors are listed below.[10]

Donor Amount
Laborers District Council $7,500
Cmte to Re-elect Mike Stake $5,000
Painters & Allied Trades District Council 21 $5,000
Cmte to Re-elect Mike Stack $5,000
Electrical Workers Local 98 $5,000

2006

Washington raised $134,527 during the 2006 election cycle.

Her top contributors are listed below.[11]

Donor Amount
Laborers District Council $6,000
Thomas Wolf $5,000
Martin Sellers $5,000
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association $3,500
Robert Archie $2,800
Michael Coard $2,500
Butkovitz for Legislature $2,250
Comcast $2,000
Fox, Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel $2,000
Peco Energy $1,800

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 2 to December 31. In 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 7 through November 12.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their support for legislation related to LGBT equality.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 4 through November 30. In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly began its legislative session on January 3.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators were scored based on floor votes that highlighted environmental issues.

Controversies

Misuse of office

On March 12, 2014, Washington was charged with theft of services as well as a conflict of interest violation under the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act. The state Attorney General's Office alleges that Washington used her legislative staff to raise money for her campaigns. From 2005 to 2013, prosecutors say that Washington made her office staff spend weeks organizing and collecting money for her birthday gala that is hosted annually in July. The yearlong investigation also determined that Washington spent somewhere around $30,000-$100,000 on her birthday gala through the years. According to the Attorney General's Office, any legislative staff that questioned the allocation of the staff's resources were fired or had their salaries cut. If convicted of both charges she can face up to 12 years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000.[12]

On May 2, 2014, Washington submitted a written waiver to forgo a formal county arraignment on the charges against her. She has plead not guilty to the corruption charges.[13]

On October 20, 2014, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill ordered Washington to decide by October 24, 2014, to either plead guilty to the charges or to stand trial on corruption charges.[14]

On October 30, 2014, Washington plead guilty to felony conflict of interest and as part of her plea deal, the prosecution dropped a charge of felony theft. The drop in the felony theft charge will allow Washington to keep her pension. As part of her plea deal, Washington will avoid jail time and will spend three months of house arrest during her five years of probation. She must also pay $200,000 in restitution to the State Senate as part of the plea.[1]

Personal

LeAnna is divorced with three children and resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2]

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