Daylin Leach

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Daylin Leach
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 13
Current office
Pennsylvania State Senate District 17
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
2003-2009
Education
Bachelor'sTemple University
J.D.University of Houston, 1983
Personal
Place of birthPhiladelphia, P.A.
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Daylin Leach campaign logo
CandidateVerification
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 was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.[1] He lost the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014[2]

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

Biography

Leach earned his B.S. in political science from Temple University and his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. His professional experience includes working as the host of a political debate show, as an attorney and as a part-time professor.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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
Education
Environmental Resources & Energy
Commission on Sentencing

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Leach's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • 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."

Elections

2014

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

Leach ran for the U.S. House in Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District. He lost the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. He was defeated by Brendan Boyle.[2][1]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 13 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrendan Boyle 40.6% 24,524
Marjorie Margolies 27.4% 16,528
Valerie Arkoosh 16.7% 10,066
Daylin Leach 15.4% 9,313
Total Votes 60,431
Source: Results via Associated Press

Race background

On February 26, 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed three Pennsylvania races that were showing early promise of a competitive primary or a possible partisan switch. The 13th District was included in their list. Of the eighteen total House seats up for election in 2014, Republicans held thirteen.

The 13th District seat was held by a Democrat, Allyson Schwartz. Schwartz vacated her seat in 2014 because she ran for governor against incumbent Tom Corbett (R).[4]


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
43%15%7%2%+/-4.8422
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 editor@ballotpedia.org.


Endorsements

Leach's 2014 congressional campaign was endorsed by:

  • The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses[5]
  • The United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)[6]
  • Former Rep. Joseph Hoeffel[7]

2012

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. [8][9]

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

2008

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Leach was elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 1.[10]

Leach raised $943,316 for this campaign.[11]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 17
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png LEACH, DAYLIN (D) 79,114
ROGERS, LANCE (R) 49,643

Media


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

Daylin for Congress - "The Day She Told Me."

Daylin for Congress - "My Rights."

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Leach's reports.[12]

Daylin Leach (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2013$0.00$357,590.84$(80,327.22)$277,263.62
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2013$277,263.62$171,503.06$(72,102.47)$376,664.21
Year-End[15]January 31, 2014$376,664$170,677$(66,144)$481,197
April Quarterly[16]April 7, 2014$481,197.78$335,660.15$(162,655.14)$654,202.79
Running totals
$1,035,431.05$(381,228.83)

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.[17]

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

2012

Daylin Leach won re-election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Daylin Leach raised a total of $160,175.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Daylin Leach's campaign in 2012
Pennsylvania State Education Association$27,500
Pennsylvania Association for Justice$17,500
Phelan, Pamela$5,000
Storey, Bayard Thayer$5,000
Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters & Joiners$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$160,175
Source:Follow the Money

2008

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

His top contributors are listed below.[18]

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

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Pennsylvania

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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.

Personal

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

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 PoliticsPA, "Who’s on Deck for Schwartz’s Seat?," accessed February 26, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  3. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Allyson Schwartz files to run for Pa. governor," April 8, 2013
  5. Daylin Leach for Congress 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Recent News: Pennsylvania Nurses Endorse Daylin Leach for Congress," accessed June 17, 2013 (dead link)
  6. Daylin Leach for Congress 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Recent News: UAW Endorses Daylin Leach for Congress," accessed May 29, 2013 (dead link)
  7. Politics PA, "PA-13: Leach Receives Slew of New MontCo Endorsements," accessed January 29, 2014
  8. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary," accessed March 11, 2014
  9. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Election," accessed March 11, 2014
  10. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2008 General Election," accessed March 11, 2014
  11. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributors," accessed May 15, 2014
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Daylin Leach 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 12, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed November 12, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 12, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  17. Followthemoney.org, "Leach, Daylin," accessed September 6, 2013
  18. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributors," accessed May 15, 2014
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2009–present
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