Edward Neilson

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Edward Neilson
Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 169
Former member
In office
2012-August 14, 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Personal website
Edward Neilson is a former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 169 from April 24, 2012 to August 14, 2014. He resigned after he was elected as a Philadelphia City Council member at-large.[1]

He was first appointed to the chamber on April 24, 2012, to replace Dennis O'Brien (R), who resigned after being elected to the Philadelphia City Council in November 2011.[2]

Neilson did running for re-election to the House in 2014. He instead ran for the Philadelphia City Council.[3]

Committee assignments


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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Gaming Oversight
Urban Affairs



Special election

See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Neilson defeated David Kralle (R) in the special election on April 24, 2012. Neilson captured 54% of the vote. He will replace Dennis O'Brien (R) who resigned after being elected to the Philadelphia City Council in November.[4][5]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 169, Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Neilson 54.1% 3,493
     Republican David Kralle 45.9% 2,969
Total Votes 6,462

General election

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Neilson ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 169. Neilson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on April 24 and defeated David Kralle (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 169, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEdward Neilson Incumbent 65.2% 15,825
     Republican David Kralle 34.8% 8,435
Total Votes 24,260

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Edward Neilson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Edward Neilson raised a total of $429,889 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[7]

Edward Neilson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 169 Won $429,889
Grand Total Raised $429,889


Edward Neilson won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Edward Neilson raised a total of $429,889.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Edward Neilson's campaign in 2012
Electrical Workers Local 98$156,811
Chartwell Law Office$30,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$26,450
Neilson, Edward J$10,500
Pennsylvania Association for Justice$10,000
Total Raised in 2012$429,889
Source:Follow the Money


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Neilson is married to Doris.

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