Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) was born in Philadelphia in 1961. He earned a degree in political science from Temple University and a law degree from University of Houston Law Center. After law school, Daylin moved back to Southeastern Pennsylvania where he practiced law for 17 years, focusing on criminal, Constitutional, and appellate litigation. Daylin argued numerous cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and other state and federal appellate courts. Daylin also taught constitutional law, legal ethics, and First Amendment law as an adjunct professor at Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg Colleges.
Daylin had an early interest in public service, volunteering on his first political campaign when he was 12 years old. He later served as president of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats, as a member on the Allentown Zoning Board, and as a co-host of a weekly political debate show. He also ran for Lehigh County Commissioner at the age of 27, winning the primary in an upset and losing the general election by less than one percent of the vote. He managed numerous campaigns and served as a speechwriter and debate coach for many candidates.
In 1998, Daylin moved to Montgomery County. First elected to the General Assembly in the fall of 2002, Daylin has focused on civil rights, environmental protection, education, health care and political reform. Notable accomplishments from that time include enactment of his measures to introduce hybrid cars into the state fleet and provide, for the first time, state funds for breast and ovarian cancer screening for low-income women.
He has also overseen enactment of legislation that banned the shackling of pregnant female prisoners; created a new corporate entity known as a B-Corp, which gives corporations more flexibility in engaging in public service; and made Pennsylvania one of the leading states in the national fight against human trafficking. His medical marijuana bill was signed into law by Governor Wolf in 2016.
Daylin serves as the minority chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also serves as a member on the State Government, Policy, Education, Environmental Resources & Energy and Appropriations Committees. Daylin has continued to pursue advanced academic training on government and legislative matters, winning a Flemming Fellowship and a full scholarship to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for legislative studies.
Daylin is known as the leading progressive voice in the Pennsylvania legislature. He has championed countless important causes including marriage equality, repeal of the Voter ID law, environmental stewardship, and redistricting reform and campaign finance reform. In recent years he has been proud to receive legislative achievement awards from environmental, educational, animal rights and human rights organizations.
Daylin serves on the boards of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute and the Norristown Farm Park. He is also a member of the Lower Merion Conservancy and the Philadelphia World Affairs Council. He is married to Jennifer Anne Mirak, a psychologist, with whom he has two children, Brennan and Justin.