State Senator John T. Yudichak is in his third term serving Carbon and Luzerne counties as a member of the Pennsylvania Senate. Prior to serving as the senator for the 14th legislative district, Senator Yudichak was a member of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2010.
Senator Yudichak has been a leader at building public-private partnerships that have spurred economic development and created thousands of jobs in northeastern Pennsylvania. He has worked closely with environmental organizations like the Earth Conservancy and the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation to reclaim mine scarred lands and bring national developers like NorthPoint Development to northeastern Pennsylvania. Because of these efforts and infrastructure investments like the South Valley Parkway, many national corporations have chosen to build facilities and create jobs along the I-81 corridor.
Senator Yudichak’s legislative accomplishments throughout his tenure in the Senate and House include the Sgt. Sherwood Baker Act; the Senior Citizens Full Benefits Act; the Waste Tire Act; and the Underground Storage Act. He has also worked in a bipartisan manner on legislative issues such as the Coal Refuse Energy and Reclamation Tax Credit and the Public Safety Facilities Act.
Keeping communities safe has always been a priority for Senator Yudichak. He helped write Pennsylvania’s first anti-gang law and launched Operation Gang Up, a regional, community-based initiative created to address criminal gang activity in northeastern Pennsylvania with then Congressman Lou Barletta.
As the father of four daughters, Senator Yudichak is passionate about childhood education. One of his proudest accomplishments has been the success of the SHINE Afterschool Programs of Carbon/Schuylkill and Luzerne counties. Through the SHINE program, students focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) activities.
Senator Yudichak was instrumental in the creation of the $4 million Luzerne County Small Business Loan Program that helped the local small business community recover from devastating floods in 2011. The loan program continues to serve as a perpetual resource for area small businesses to create jobs and expand their businesses.
A tireless advocate for public libraries and area youth programs, Senator Yudichak founded the Yudichak Family Lighthouse Fund of the Luzerne Foundation through private charitable efforts. The Yudichak Family Lighthouse Fund has donated more than $100,000 to local libraries and other important community programs.
In 2018, Senator Yudichak hiked and biked all 165 miles of the Delaware & Lehigh Trail, raising awareness about the value of the D&L trail in Pennsylvania and the importance of closing gaps that exist along the trail.
He is a graduate of Greater Nanticoke Area High School, Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School and Pennsylvania State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in American Studies.