William H. DeWeese

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H. William DeWeese
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Pennsylvania State House District 50
Former officeholder
In office
1977 - April 24, 2012
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Leader, Pennsylvania House
1990 - 1992
Speaker of the House, Pennsylvania House
1993 - 1994
Compensation
Base salary79,613/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1976
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWake Forest University, 1972
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service3
Personal
Birthday04/18/1950
Place of birthPittsburgh, PA
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
William H. DeWeese (b. April 18, 1950) was a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 50. He served from 1977 to April 24, 2012. He resigned hours before his conviction on corruption charges.[1]

DeWeese earned his B.A. in History from Wake Forest University in 1972. He then served in the United States Marine Corps as a First Lieutenant from 1972 to 1975.

DeWeese joined the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1976, representing the 50th District. From 1989 to 1990 and again in 2009, he served as House Majority Whip. He also served as House Majority Leader from 1990 to 1992, and as Speaker of the House from 1993 to 1994.

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, DeWeese served on the following committees:

2009-2010

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

Controversies

Corruption conviction

The state Attorney General's office joined together the trials of DeWeese and former state Rep. Stephen Stetler, who were accused of different crimes and indicted with different grand jury presentments.

Rep. DeWeese and former state Rep. Stephen Stetler (D-York) were charged with crimes uncovered during the Attorney General's wide-ranging political corruption investigation, which focused on elected official's use of public personnel and resources for political efforts.

DeWeese was charged with using taxpayer money to pay staffers to conduct political fund raising activities and do general campaign work. Stetler was accused of the same, but his charges were entirely separate from the charges against his former colleague.[2]

On April 24, 2012, DeWeese was sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison on corruption charges and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and $117,000 in restitution.[1]

DeWeese on Corbett


DeWeese on whether Corbett can enact reforms

On November 10, 2010, DeWeese answered some questions asked by PA Independent reporters about what he thought about Governor-elect Tom Corbett enacting reform.










Elections

2012

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

DeWeese ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 50. DeWeese ran unchallenged in the Democratic primary on April 24 and is opposed by Mark Fischer in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. [3][4]

Although he resigned from the House the same day as the primary, DeWeese's name will remain on the ballot unless he withdraws it by August 13. If he were to win the general election his conviction on corruption charges would have to be overturned in order for him to take office.[1]

2010

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

DeWeese won re-election to the 50th District Seat in 2010. He won the primary election, receiving 5,350 votes while his opponents Pam Snyder and Tony Brnusak received 4,205 and 977 votes respectively. DeWeese defeated Richard Yeager in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.[5]

Pennsylvania State House, District 50
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png H. William DeWeese (D) 8,514 52.5%
Richard Yeager (R) 7,708 47.5%

2008

On November 4, 2008, DeWeese won re-election to the 50th District seat of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He received 13,059 votes, defeating Republican Greg Hopkins (10,953).[6]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 50
Candidates Votes Percent
Bill DeWeese (D) Green check mark transparent.png 13,059 54.4%
Greg Hopkins (R) 10,953 45.6%

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, DeWeese received $229,812 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William H. DeWeese's campaign in 2010
Pennsylvania Education Association$17,500
Steamfitters Local 449$5,500
Brodak, John G$5,300
United Mine Workers Of America$5,000
Afl-Cio Cope State & Local Voluntary Account$5,000
Total Raised in 2010 $229,812

Personal

DeWeese and his wife are separated.

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