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 byKenyatta Johnson
Succeeded byJordan A. Harris
In office
January 3, 1989 – November 30, 2008
Preceded byDavid Shadding
Succeeded byKenyatta Johnson
Personal details
Born (1942-08-07) August 7, 1942 (age 77)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
ResidencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma materTemple University
Occupationpolice officer (retired)

Harold James (born August 7, 1942) was a Democratic politician, and member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Before his election to the House of Representatives, James served as a police officer.

James represented the 186th District from 1989 until 2008,[2] serving as the first Chairman of the Gaming Oversight Committee, which was formed at the start of the 2007 legislation session. He was then defeated in the primary election by Kenyatta Johnson.

Later, after winning a special election to replace Johnson (who was elected to Philadelphia City Council) he served from April 2012 through January 2013.

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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