Member Biography

Leonard Clifton Staisey 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1961       45 Democrat
1962       45 Democrat
1963       45 Democrat
1964       45 Democrat
1965       45 Democrat
1966       45 Democrat

COUNTIES: Allegheny  


11/10/1920 - 10/04/1990

Leonard Clifton Staisey (D45) Allegheny (Part) County 1961-1966

Early Life:            

Leonard Clifton Staisey, born November 10, 1920, Duquesne, Pennsylvania; suffered a brain tumor when he was seven years old and was left permanently visually impaired following removal surgery; valedictorian, Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, 1940; Northwestern University, bachelor’s degree, 1944; Northwestern University, juris doctorate, 1947; admitted, Bar of Allegheny County, 1948-becoming the first blind lawyer ever admitted; appointed assistant district attorney, earning the distinction of being the first blind lawyer in the United States to serve in such a position, 1950; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1961-1966; unsuccessful campaign, Lieutenant Governor, 1966; Allegheny County Commissioner 1968-1976; elected, judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, 1979-1990; spouse, Emilie Consuelo Sylvester Staisey; died, October 4, 1990; interment, Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 45th district, Allegheny (Part) County, 1961-1966.

Unsuccessful campaign, Lieutenant Governor, 1966. 

Allegheny County Commissioner 1968-1976. 

Elected, judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, 1979- resigned due to illness, 1989.  


His name adorns a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branch specializing in providing reading materials for the blind and physically disabled. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members S"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Electing Leonard C. Staisey | Heinz History Center Library and Archives (

Leonard C Staisey (1920-1990) - Find a Grave Memorial