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Hardy Williams

Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 8th district
In office
1983 – November 1998
Preceded by Paul McKinney
Succeeded by Anthony Hardy Williams

Political party Democratic

Hardy Williams (1931 – January 7, 2010) was an American politician who served as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate.

He faced criticism in the 1980s for questions over his campaign finance practices.[1] In 1998, he retired hours before the deadline to file nominating petitions, allowing his son Anthony Hardy Williams the opportunity to run unopposed for his father's 8th senatorial district seat.[2] The younger Williams had already filed his nominating petitions to run for his House seat, so he remained on both ballots. He resigned his House seat when he won both elections simultaneously.[3]

Williams died on January 7, 2010 at the Kearsley Home in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia.[4]


  1. ^ "IN PA. CAMPAIGN-FINANCE DISCLOSURES, ALL IS NOT CLEAR". Philadelphia Inquirer. 1987-05-01. "In 1985, state Sen. Hardy Williams rented a building on the 5100 block of Walnut Street in West Philadelphia to house his legislative office and his campaign headquarters. The bill for the year was $18,725. Half the money came from the taxpayers, from a Senate account that pays the rent on district offices. Half came from Williams' campaign fund, money contributed by individuals and political action committees to help his re-election effort."  
  2. ^ "PA. LEGISLATIVE SEATS HAVE A WAY OF STAYING IN THE FAMILY \ TWO RETIRING STATE SENATORS ARE LIKELY TO BE SUCCEEDED BY SONS. OPPONENTS MAY BE SORE, BUT IT'S NOT UNUSUAL.". Philadelphia Inquirer. 1998-09-07. "Only hours before the spring deadline to file nominating petitions for a fifth term in the state Senate, Philadelphia Democrat Hardy Williams announced that he would not run again. But even at the eleventh hour, one Democrat had no problem coming up with the 500 signatures he needed to become a candidate: Williams' son, State Rep. Anthony Hardy Williams. The younger Williams knew a couple of days ahead of time that his father was thinking of retiring."  
  3. ^ Cox, Harold (November 3, 2004). "Pennsylvania House of Representatives - 1999-2000". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.  
  4. ^ "Former Pa. State Sen. Hardy Williams, 78". Philadephia Inquirer. January 8, 2010.  


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