Stewart Greenleaf
Stewart J. Greenleaf is a Republican
Republican Party (United States)
The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP . The party's platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S...

 member of the Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania State Senate
The Pennsylvania State Senate has been meeting since 1791. It is the upper house of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Pennsylvania state legislature. The State Senate meets in the State Capitol building in Harrisburg. Senators are elected for four year terms, staggered every two years such...

, representing the 12th District
Pennsylvania Senate, District 12
Pennsylvania's 12th Senatorial District includes parts of Bucks and Montgomery CountiesBucks County* Upper Southampton Township* Warminster Township* Warrington TownshipMontgomery County* Ambler* Bryn Athyn* Franconia Township* Hatboro* Hatfield...

 since 1979. His district includes portions of Montgomery
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Montgomery County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, in the United States. As of 2010, the population was 799,874, making it the third most populous county in Pennsylvania . The county seat is Norristown.The county was created on September 10, 1784, out of land originally part...

 and Bucks
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
- Industry and commerce :The boroughs of Bristol and Morrisville were prominent industrial centers along the Northeast Corridor during World War II. Suburban development accelerated in Lower Bucks in the 1950s with the opening of Levittown, Pennsylvania, the second such "Levittown" designed by...



Greenleaf is a 1961 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
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 and received his J.D.
Juris Doctor
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 from the University of Toledo College of Law
University of Toledo
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. He served as an assistant district attorney in Montgomery County from 1970 to 1977 and also an assistant public defender in Bucks County. Greenleaf continues to serve as a partner in his law firm, Elliott Greenleaf, whose attorneys include Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor
Bruce L. Castor, Jr.
Bruce L. Castor, Jr. is an American lawyer and Republican politician from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Castor was district attorney for Montgomery County from January 2000 through January 2008 when he took a seat on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners...

 and former State Rep. Melissa Murphy Weber
Melissa Murphy Weber
Melissa Murphy Weber is an attorney and Pennsylvania politician.Weber graduated with a degree in Economics from Denison University in 1991. While attending Denison University, Weber achieved All-American honors in lacrosse. She received her LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University School of...



In 1971, Greenleaf was elected as a Commissioner for Upper Moreland Township, Pennsylvania
Upper Moreland Township, Pennsylvania
Upper Moreland Township is a township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 24,015 at the 2010 census. Upper Moreland Township is primarily a residential community with distinctive neighborhoods that are complemented by several thriving business, industrial, and...

. After one term, Greenleaf was elected to a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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 in 1976. He served a single term in the house before winning his bid for the State Senate in 1978. Greenleaf has been re-elected seven times, most recently over Democrat Jeff Albert in 2006.

Greenleaf considered a run for Congress
United States House of Representatives
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 in 1993, briefly forming an exploratory committee to take on Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky
Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky
Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and a women's right activist. She is a former journalist and a former politician for the Democratic Party. From 1993 to 1995 she was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing...

. However, he dropped out before the county endorsement convention. In 2000, Greenleaf did run for Congress, attempting to defeat Rep. Joe Hoeffel
Joe Hoeffel
Joseph Merrill "Joe" Hoeffel III is an American politician. A Democrat, he is currently a member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, having previously served from 1992 to 1998....

. Hoeffel won the race with nearly 53% of the vote to Greenleaf's 46%.

Senator Greenleaf is Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and serves on the Appropriations, Banking & Insurance, Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure and Environmental Resources & Energy Committees.

Greenleaf has strongly supported an indoor smoking ban for the state of Pennsylvania, introducing smoking ban legislation in every session since 1993.

2012 presidential election

Greenleaf signed up to be on the presidential ballot for the Republican Party's New Hampshire primary
New Hampshire primary
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. He explained that he did so to focus the debate of the election on the balancing of the federal budget.

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