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Leonard Staisey

Leonard Staisey
Member of the Allegheny County
Board of Commissioners
In office
January 1, 1968 – January 5, 1976[1]
Preceded by William McClelland
Succeeded by Jim Flaherty
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 45th district
In office
January 1, 1961 – November 30, 1966
Preceded by Frank Kopriver, Jr.
Succeeded by Joseph Gaydos
Constituency Parts of Allegheny County
Personal details
Born November 10, 1920
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died October 4, 1990(1990-10-04) (aged 69)
Political party Democratic
Residence Duquesne, Pennsylvania

Leonard C. Staisey (November 10, 1920 – October 4, 1990) was a Democratic politician from Pennsylvania. Staisey was born in Pittsburgh and lived for most of his life in Duquesne, a nearby mill town. He was a member of the State Senate from 1961 to 1966, when he resigned to run for Lieutenant Governor. Considered a rising star in the party, he ran on a ticket with Milton Shapp, who would lose to Ray Shafer. From 1968 to 1976, he served as an Allegheny County Commissioner and was considered one of the area's last machine politicians. In 1979, he was appointed as a federal judge, and he served in this position until he resigned due to illness in 1989. The name of Staisey, who was legally blind, adorns a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branch specializing in providing access for the physically handicapped.


  • Obituary
  • Carlow Journal, featuring a short write up on Staisey
  • Carnegie Library branch
Political offices
Preceded by
William McClelland
Member of the Allegheny County Board of Commissioners
Succeeded by
Jim Flaherty
Preceded by
Frank Kopriver, Jr.
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 45th District
Succeeded by
Joseph Gaydos
Party political offices
Preceded by
Stephen McCann
Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Ernest Kline
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