Harold James (Pennsylvania politician)

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Harold James
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 186th district
In office
May 8, 2012[1] – 2013
Preceded by Kenyatta Johnson
Succeeded by Jordan A. Harris
In office
January 3, 1989 – November 30, 2008
Preceded by David Shadding
Succeeded by Kenyatta Johnson
Personal details
Born (1942-08-07) August 7, 1942 (age 74)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Temple University
Occupation police officer (retired)

Harold James (born August 7, 1942) was a Democratic politician, and member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. James represented the 186th District from April 2012 through January 2013 after winning a special election to replace Kenyatta Johnson, who was elected to Philadelphia City Council. He also previously represented the district from 1989 until 2008,[2] when he was defeated in the primary election by Kenyatta Johnson.

During his first tenure in the House, James was the first Chairman of the Gaming Oversight Committee, which was formed at the start of the 2007 legislation session began. He returned to the House after winning a special election triggered by Johnson's election to the Philadelphia City Council, and subsequent resignation from the House.

Before his original election to the House of Representatives, James served as a police officer. James chose not to run for reelection to a full term in 2012.

In 2015 he was found guilty of corruption.[3]


  1. ^ "6 New State Reps Sworn In". Politics News. NBC 10 Philadelphia. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rep. Harold James". Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  3. ^ http://articles.philly.com/2015-06-03/news/62968848_1_plea-deal-sting-operation-tyron-b

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