Services for former state representative Harold James were visited by current and former government officials and many Philadelphians on Thursday at the cult center Yesha Ministries. James, who served in the state’s 186th Legislature for more than 20 years, died April 28. He was 79 years old.
He was born on August 7, 1942 and graduated from West Philadelphia High School. Shortly after graduating from school, he served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964 and then became a Philadelphia police officer until retiring in 1987.
He was elected a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1988 and served nine consecutive terms. He was unsuccessful during his campaign for re-election to the House of Representatives in 2008, but was re-elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 2012 snap election to serve the remainder of his term.
“I have seen with my own eyes James’ concern and sympathy for the people of his Legislature, which is mostly in South Philadelphia, and his willingness to fight for issues affecting the lives of African Americans across Philadelphia, ”said Kenyan City Council member Johnson, who preceded James in the state. Home. “He was at the forefront of the fight for criminal justice reform in Philadelphia that will benefit everyone. Many of the criminal justice reforms he began fighting for in the 1960s and 1970s are becoming a reality today. ”