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|Member of the California State Senate
from the 8th district
December 4, 2006 – March 28, 2014
|Preceded by||Jackie Speier|
|Succeeded by||Tom Berryhill|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 12th district
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
January 1997 – December 2, 2002
|Preceded by||district created in 2000; prior terms were for city-wide seat|
|Succeeded by||Fiona Ma|
Yu Yin Liang
November 20, 1948
Toisan, Guangdong, China
|Education||University of California, Berkeley (BS)
San Francisco State University (MS)
University of Hawaii at Manoa (PhD)
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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