|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 197|
|2013 - 2014|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||May 20, 2014|
|High school||William Penn High School|
Miranda was defeated by Leslie Acosta in the May 2014 Democratic primary. While Miranda was elected to the chamber by a wide margin in 2012, he only received 6.3% of the vote in the 2014 Democratic primary.
On January 27, 2014, Miranda and his sister were charged with criminal conspiracy, perjury and conflict of interest. He pleaded guilty to one felony charge of conflict of interest and one misdemeanor of false swearing on January 21, 2015. He was sentenced to five years' probation. More information on this issue can be found here.
Miranda graduated from William Penn High School and attended West Chester University. His professional experience includes working as Spokesman & Community Liaison for Senator Shirley M. Kitchen and as a Democratic field director for John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Miranda served on the following committees:
|Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Local Government|
|• Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness|
Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives 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 this election was March 11, 2014. Leslie Acosta defeated incumbent Jose Miranda, Danilo Burgos and Ben Ramos in the Democratic primary. Edward Lloyd, Jr. (D) was removed from the ballot on April 3, 2014, and Juan Rodriguez (D) was removed from the ballot on April 4, 2014. Acosta was unchallenged in the general election.
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 197 Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Jose Miranda Incumbent||6.3%||367|
Miranda ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 197. Miranda defeated Jewel Williams, Kenneth Walker, and Jamil Ali in the Democratic primary on April 24 and defeated Steve Crum (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 197, General Election, 2012|
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 197 Democratic Primary, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for Miranda is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Miranda raised a total of $11,853 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 21, 2015.
|Jose Miranda's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 197||$11,853|
|Grand Total Raised||$11,853|
2012Miranda won election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Miranda raised a total of $11,853.
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jose Miranda's campaign in 2012|
|Friends of Darrell Clark||$2,000|
|Eleventh Democratic Ward||$1,500|
|Weiss, Jonathan & Jacquelyn||$1,000|
|Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$11,853|
|Source: Follow the Money|
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On January 27, 2014, the Philadelphia district attorney charged Miranda and his sister with criminal conspiracy, perjury and conflict of interest. The charges against Miranda and his sister, Michelle Wilson, stated that Miranda hired a ghost (non-working) employee so that Miranda could circumvent state nepotism laws so that Wilson could stay on as his chief of staff. Seth Williams, the district attorney, said that Miranda hired a man named Timothy Duckett, a former driver for his campaign, as a legislative assistant but did not require him to do any work. Duckett was ordered by Miranda to give part of his salary to Wilson, while Wilson continued to act as Miranda's chief of staff. A judge issued a warrant for Miranda's arrest after he appeared to be a no-show for a hearing on July 9, 2014; the warrant was lifted when Miranda arrived late and confirmed that he had representation.
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- Associated Press, "2014 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Primary Results," accessed May 20, 2014
- Pennsylvania Record, "Former state rep enters guilty plea in ‘ghost employee’ case," accessed January 22, 2015
- Philly.com, "Probation for ex-lawmaker, sister in 'ghost employee' scheme," accessed April 21, 2015
- Project Vote Smart, "Jose Miranda's Biography," accessed May 12, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official primary results for May 20, 2014," accessed July 9, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Election results," accessed April 21, 2015
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary results," accessed April 21, 2015
- Follow the Money, "Contributions to Miranda, Jose," accessed April 21, 2015
- philadelphia.cbslocal.com, "Pa. Rep. Charged With Funneling Money, Power To Sister," accessed January 28, 2014
- Philly.com, "Judge lifts bench warrant for State Rep. Jose 'J.P.' Miranda," July 9, 2014
Gary Williams (D)
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 197
| Succeeded by|
Leslie Acosta (D)
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