Member Biography

LeAnna M. Washington 

Sessions Office Position District Party
2005       4 Democrat
2006       4 Democrat
2007       4 Democrat
2008       4 Democrat
2009       4 Democrat
2010       4 Democrat
2011       4 Democrat
2012       4 Democrat
2013       4 Democrat
2014       4 Democrat


07/08/1945 -

LeAnna M. Washington (D4) Montgomery (Part) and Philadelphia (Part) Counties 2005-2014

Early Life: 

LeAnna M. Washington, born July 8, 1945, city of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; daughter of LeAnna Brown; West Philadelphia High School; Lincoln University (M.A.), human services, 1989; Flemming Fellows Leadership Institute, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, honorary doctorate, 2002; Lutheran Theological Seminary, honorary doctorate, 2009; Arcadia University, honorary doctorate, 2010; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Special Election, 1993- resigned, June 14, 2005; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2005-resigned, October 31, 2014; divorced, three children.

Early Career:

Philadelphia Parking Authority Employee Assistance Program, manager.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Board member: Pennsylvania Children Trust Fund; member, Government Health Care Advisory Panel, Children Health Advisory Council, Intra-Government Council on Long-Term Care, Philadelphia Chapter NAACP Executive Board, National Museum of African American History Task Force, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Teenshop Incorporated, NW Action Political Alliance, Agape Outreach Ministries, Lincoln University Alumni Association, Gaudenzia East Regional Advisory Board.  


Ruby Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Quaker City Alumni Chapter Society Action Award in Political Awareness and Involvement, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Alpha Eta Sigma Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Golden Rose Award, Civic Leader Award for Women Against Abuse, Office of Lieutenant Governor Drum Major Society for Justice-2005, Women Legislative Lobby Pacesetter Award-2005.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Special Election, 1993- resigned, June 14, 2005; vice-chairwoman, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 4th district, Montgomery (Part) and Philadelphia (Part) Counties, special election, filled resignation Allyson Young Schwartz, May 17, 2005, resigned, October 31, 2014; committee assignments, Aging and Youth (Minority Chairwoman), Appropriations, Urban Affairs and Housing, Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website ( 


The Pennsylvania Manual, (2013-2014). Phillips, S., (Editor). (Volume 121). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; pages 3-32, 3-41. Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-24.