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Leland Yee
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Member of the California State Senate
from the 8th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – March 28, 2014
Preceded by Jackie Speier
Succeeded by Tom Berryhill
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 12th district
In office
December 2, 2002 – November 30, 2006
Preceded by Kevin Shelley
Succeeded by Fiona Ma
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from the 4th district
In office
January 1997 – December 2, 2002
Preceded by district created in 2000; prior terms were for city-wide seat
Succeeded by Fiona Ma
Personal details
Born
Yu Yin Liang

November 20, 1948 (1948-11-20) (age 72)
Toisan, Guangdong, China
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Maxine Yee
Education University of California, Berkeley (BS)
San Francisco State University (MS)
University of Hawaii at Manoa (PhD)
Leland Yee
Chinese
Transcriptions
Mandarin
- Hanyu Pinyin Yú Yìn Liáng
Cantonese (Yue)
- Jyutping Jyu4 Jan6 Loeng4

Leland Yin Yee (Chinese: 余胤良; pinyin: Yú Yìn Liáng, born November 20, 1948) is an American former politician who served as a member of the California State Senate for District 8, which covered parts of San Francisco and the Peninsula. In 2015, Yee pleaded guilty to felony racketeering charges for money laundering, public corruption, gun trafficking, and bribery.

Prior to becoming state senator, Yee was a California State Assemblyman, Supervisor of San Francisco's Sunset District, and was a member and President of the San Francisco School Board. In 2004 Yee became the first Asian American to be appointed Speaker pro Tempore, making him the second highest ranking Democrat of the California State Assembly.

Yee was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on March 26, 2014 on charges related to public corruption and gun trafficking — specifically, buying automatic firearms and shoulder-launched missiles from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), an Islamist extremist group located in the southern Philippines and attempting to re-sell those weapons to an undercover FBI agent, as well as accepting a $10,000 bribe from an undercover agent in exchange for placing a call to the California Department of Public Health regarding a contract at the organization.

In response to the gun running and other criminal charges against him, the California State Senate suspended Yee as a Senator on March 28, 2014. On July 1, 2015, Yee pleaded guilty to a felony racketeering count in relation to money laundering, public corruption and bribery in a San Francisco Chinatown organized crime case. On February 24, 2016, Yee was sentenced to five years in federal prison, and was released on June 26, 2020.

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