Margaret Leach

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Margaret Leach
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 15th district
Succeeded by Carol Miller
Personal details
Born (1926-12-04)December 4, 1926
Goodwill, West Virginia
Died December 23, 2007(2007-12-23) (aged 81)
Huntington, West Virginia
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Huntington, West Virginia

Margarette Faye Riggins Leach[1] (December 4, 1926 – December 23, 2007) was a United States Democratic politician from West Virginia, best known for being a faithless elector during 1988 United States presidential election.

She pledged to vote for Michael Dukakis for President of the United States and Lloyd Bentsen for Vice President of the United States. However, she cast her vote for Bentsen as President and Dukakis as Vice President.

Leach was later a seven-term member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 15th district. She won the Democratic primary for an additional term, but lost the general election in 2006.

Leach died December 23, 2007.


  1. ^ The Herald-Dispatch. December 26, 2007. 

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