Leslie Acosta

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Leslie Acosta
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 197th district
In office
January 6, 2015[1] – January 2017.
Preceded byJose Miranda
Succeeded byEmilio Vazquez
Personal details
Born (1971-07-07) July 7, 1971 (age 47)
Puerto Rico
Political partyDemocratic
ResidencePhiladelphia
Alma materCairn University

Leslie Acosta (born July 7, 1971) is a former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing the 197th House district in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of former state representative Ralph Acosta and the first Latina elected to the Pennsylvania Legislature.[2]

Graduated from Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical School. Earned a B.A. social work and theology at Cairn University

In September 2016, it was reported Acosta pled guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge of conspiring to commit money laundering in connection with an embezzlement scheme. Her crimes were committed years before she took public office. The charges were in relation to the prosecution of Renee Tartaglione, sister of state Senator Christine Tartaglione, who is charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a publicly funded clinic for low income patients. Acosta's mother, Sandy Acosta, also pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the stolen funds. The guilty plea remained under seal, and by the time the guilty plea became known, it was well past the deadline to find a replacement candidate.[2] Facing the prospect of being automatically stripped of her seat upon sentencing (Pennsylvania, like most states, does not allow convicted felons to hold office), Acosta resigned at the beginning of January 2017, shortly after being reelected to a second full term. A special election was held in March to fill it.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SESSION OF 2015 - 199TH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2015-01-06.
  2. ^ a b Roebuck, Jeremy (September 16, 2016). "State rep has a secret: She's a convict". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved September 16, 2016.

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