|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate|
from the 1st district
Assumed office |
January 6, 2009
|Preceded by||Vince Fumo|
June 1, 1968|
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Villanova University (BA)|
Temple University (JD)
Lawrence M. "Larry" Farnese, Jr. (born June 1, 1968) is an American attorney and politician. He is currently a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania Senate, representing the 1st District since 2009. His district includes parts of Philadelphia, including the neighborhoods of Bella Vista, Chinatown, East Passyunk Crossing, Eastwick, Fairmount, Fishtown, Girard Estate, Grays Ferry, Hawthorne, Logan Square, Lower Kensington, Northern Liberties, Old City, Packer Park, Pennsport, Point Breeze, Port Richmond, Queen Village, Rittenhouse Square, Society Hill, Washington West, and Whitman.
Farnese was born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. His grandfather, Andrew M. Farnese, served as president of the Philadelphia Board of Education and chairman of the Philadelphia Gas Commission. After graduating from Malvern Preparatory School, he attended Villanova University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1990. He received a Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law in 1994, and was admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania (1999) and New Jersey (1994). He works, of counsel, as an attorney with Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP
In 2008, following the retirement of embattled incumbent Vince Fumo, Farnese ran for the Pennsylvania Senate in the 1st District. In the Democratic primary, he faced union leader Johnny Dougherty and community activist Anne Dicker; he ultimately won the election with 43%, receiving 30,879 votes. In the general election, he easily defeated Republican businessman Jack Morley by a margin of 81%-19%.
Farnese was indicted in 2016 by the federal government for allegedly buying the vote of a committeewoman to keep his seat as the Democratic Ward Leader for Philadelphia's Eighth Ward. The indictment was taken to trial in January 2017, with allegations that Farnese paid $6,000 in campaign funds towards the education of committee person Ellen Chapman's daughter to secure her vote, and thus his seat as Ward Leader. Farnese and his legal team have denied the charges against him in court, with his legal team asserting that what the government describes as a clear case of bribery is within the realm of state campaign finance laws. On February 1, 2017 Farnese was acquitted of all thirteen charges against him.
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