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State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf, R-Montgomery/Bucks, has represented the 12th Senatorial District in the Pennsylvania Senate since 1978. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1977 to 1978, serving on the House Labor Relations and Judiciary Committees as well as the Subcommittee on Crime and Corrections. He also served as an Upper Moreland Township Commissioner, as an Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Appeals Division for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and as an Assistant Public Defender in Bucks County. He is a member of the Bar Associations of Pennsylvania and Montgomery County.
He is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Senate committees on Appropriations, Banking and Insurance, and Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. In addition, he has served on the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, the Task Force on Death Penalty Litigation in Pennsylvania, and the Statewide Steering Committee on Court Automation. He currently serves as chairman of the Joint State Government Commission’s Task Forces on Real Property Law; Decedents’ Estates Laws; Domestic Relations Law; Adoption Law; and Geriatric and Seriously Ill Inmates. As a member of the Commission on Judicial Reform, he participated in the development of recommendations to improve the process of judicial selection and was prime sponsor of constitutional amendment legislation to revise the state’s system of judicial discipline. He serves on the State/Federal Assembly of the Law and Justice Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Criminal Justice Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council. He is a board member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. He was chairman of the Senate Impeachment Committee during the 1994 impeachment trial of former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission for Justice Initiatives and Task Force on Student Loan Forgiveness and Repayment Assistance.
A native of Montgomery County, Greenleaf is a lifelong resident of Upper Moreland Township. He is married to Cecelia “Kelly” Greenleaf. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received his law degree from the University of Toledo Law School.
The senator is the author of Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law, the Grandparent Custody Law, the Rails to Trails Act, the School Pesticide Law, the Health Club Consumer Protection Act, the Puppy Lemon Law, the “No Means No” Rape Law, the Amusement Ride Inspection Act, the Missing Children Act, the Divorce Code Reform Act and the Divorce and Custody Mediation Act. He was also prime sponsor of a law that extends the period of legal recourse for abused children, the constitutional amendment allowing for the option of electronic testimony for child victims and witnesses, the law requiring tougher penalties for cruelty to domestic animals, and the law allowing extended sentences when baseball bats are used in violent criminal acts.
As chairman of the Judiciary Committee, the senator conducted hearings on the corrections system in Pennsylvania and achieved passage of legislation to reduce overcrowding in state prisons and county jails through intermediate punishment programs. He is also sponsor of state sentencing reform legislation and of a law that provides for addiction treatment for eligible offenders. He also conducted hearings on the state’s system of probation and parole, resulting in the enactment of public safety reforms in the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and in the Interstate Compact, which deals with interstate parole arrangements.
In addition to his interest in criminal justice and judicial issues, Greenleaf has sponsored numerous consumer protection initiatives relating to telemarketing controls, octane level testing, the travel industry and the expansion of the Lemon Law to leased vehicles.
(Information taken from Senator Greenleaf’s website)
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