Jose Miranda

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Jose Miranda
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Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 197
Former member
In office
2013 - 2014
High schoolWilliam Penn High School
Jose P. Miranda is a former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 197 from 2013 to 2014.

Miranda was defeated in the May 20, 2014, Democratic primary by Leslie Acosta.[1]


Miranda 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.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Local Government
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness



See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

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.[3][4][5]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 197 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLeslie Acosta 49.2% 2,871
Danilo Burgos 23% 1,345
Ben Ramos 21.5% 1,253
Jose Miranda Incumbent 6.3% 367
Total Votes 5,836


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

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 in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 197, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJose Miranda 94.9% 25,998
     Republican Steve Crum 5.1% 1,404
Total Votes 27,402

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Jose Miranda is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Jose Miranda raised a total of $12,053 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[7]

Jose Miranda's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 197 Won $12,053
Grand Total Raised $12,053


Jose Miranda won election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Jose Miranda raised a total of $12,053.


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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.[8][9]

On January 21, 2015, Miranda pleaded guilty to one felony charge of conflict of interest and one misdemeanor of false swearing. He was sentenced on March 24.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gary Williams (D)
Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 197
Succeeded by
Leslie Acosta (D)