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Stewart Greenleaf

Stewart Greenleaf
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 12th district
Assumed office
January 2, 1979
Preceded by Wilmot Fleming
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 152nd district
In office
January 4, 1977 – November 30, 1978
Preceded by Charlotte Fawcett
Succeeded by Roy Cornell
Personal details
Born Stewart John Greenleaf
(1939-10-04) October 4, 1939
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kelly
Residence Upper Moreland Township, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania, University of Toledo College of Law
Religion Presbyterian

Stewart John Greenleaf (born October 4, 1939) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the 12th District since 1979. His district includes portions of Montgomery and Bucks Counties.


  • Biography 1
  • Career 2
  • 2012 presidential election 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Greenleaf is a 1961 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received his J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law. He served as an assistant district attorney in Montgomery County from 1970 to 1977 and also an assistant public defender in Bucks County. Greenleaf continues to serve as a partner in his law firm, Elliott Greenleaf, whose attorneys include Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor and former State Rep. Melissa Murphy Weber.


In 1971, Greenleaf was elected as a Commissioner for Upper Moreland Township, Pennsylvania. After one term, Greenleaf was elected to a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1976. He served a single term in the house before winning his bid for the State Senate in 1978. Greenleaf has been re-elected seven times, most recently over Democrat Jeff Albert in 2006.

Greenleaf considered a run for U.S. Congress in 1993, briefly forming an exploratory committee to take on Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky. However, he dropped out before the county endorsement convention.[1] In 2000, Greenleaf did run for Congress, attempting to defeat Rep. Joe Hoeffel. Hoeffel won the race with nearly 53% of the vote to Greenleaf's 46%.[2]

Senator Greenleaf is Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and serves on the Appropriations, Banking & Insurance, Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure and Environmental Resources & Energy Committees.

Greenleaf has strongly supported an indoor smoking ban for the state of Pennsylvania, introducing smoking ban legislation in every session since 1993.[3]

2012 presidential election

Greenleaf signed up to be on the presidential ballot for the Republican Party's New Hampshire primary.[4] He explained that he did so to focus the debate of the election on the balancing of the federal budget.[5] He filed with the FEC on December 29,[6] and received a total of 24 votes in the primary, 21st place amongst ballot candidates.[7] He won four write-in votes in the Democratic primary, all of which he received in Canaan. Including other write-ins, this tied him with Mitt Romney for third place in the town, behind only Barack Obama and Ron Paul.[8]


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  2. ^ Pennsylvania Department of State, Election Returns, 11/7/2000
  3. ^ Mark Levy, , Associated Press, posted at, 6/3/2008Pa. lawmakers advance smoking ban
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External links

  • Pennsylvania State Senate - Stewart Greenleaf official PA Senate website
  • Greenleaf for Senate official campaign website
  • Stewart Greenleaf for America, presidential campaign website
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