State Senator John T. Yudichak is in an Independent legislator serving Carbon and Luzerne counties. Prior to serving as the senator for the 14th legislative district for the past twelve years, Senator Yudichak was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for a combined 24 years of public service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Currently, Senator Yudichak serves as the Chairman of the Senate Community and Economic Development Committee. He also serves as a member of the Senate Rules Committee, the Aging and Youth Committee, and the Law & Justice Committee.
Senator Yudichak is a statewide leader in driving economic strategies and business tax policies that have created thousands of jobs and attracted hundreds of national and international companies to Pennsylvania. He forged unique coalitions among Pennsylvania building and construction trades unions and business groups, like the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association, to advance the Local Resource Manufacturing Tax Credit that was instrumental in helping land the $6 billion Nacero manufacturing facility and 4,000 new jobs in his home county of Luzerne.
Senator Yudichak also led a successful, bipartisan effort to advance legislation to create a sales and use tax exemption for the development of enterprise data centers in Pennsylvania. Data and computer technology drive the 21st century economy, and Pennsylvania can now compete for $60 billion in annual technology infrastructure investments being made by the world’s technology leaders. Recently, Talen Energy announced it will create 1,000 new jobs in Luzerne County through the construction of one Pennsylvania’s first new computer data centers in a decade.
Senator Yudichak has worked closely with environmental organizations like the Earth Conservancy and the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation to reclaim thousands of acres of mine scarred lands in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania, setting the stage for private investment from national developers, like NorthPoint Development, who have invested more than $1 billion in northeastern Pennsylvania and created more than 7,000 new jobs in the South Valley Communities of Hanover Township, Nanticoke, and Newport Township.
To continue the economic success story of northeastern Pennsylvania, which was recognized by the Governor’s Action Team as the number one job creating region in Pennsylvania, Senator Yudichak led the effort to create a $4 million Luzerne County Small Business Revolving Loan Program that has driven more than $8 million to help small businesses grow and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senator Yudichak, known as a consensus-building and effective legislator, has worked with Republicans and Democrats to author new laws to support veteran families, like the Sgt. Sherwood Baker Act, to protect seniors, like the Senior Citizens Full Benefits Act, and to improve our environment, through the Coal Refuse Energy and Reclamation Tax Credit and the Waste Tire Recycling Act.
As the father of four beautiful daughters, Senator Yudichak is passionate about early childhood education. One of his proudest accomplishments has been the success and expansion of the SHINE Afterschool Program in northeastern Pennsylvania that has improved the academic proficiency and overall educational experience for more than 1,000 children.
Senator Yudichak is also a dedicated philanthropist who founded the Yudichak Family Lighthouse Fund of the Luzerne Foundation, in honor of his parents Joe and Sally Yudichak. The Yudichak Family Lighthouse Fund has donated more than $200,000 over the years to the Sally Yudichak Children Service Center Endowment, the Joe Yudichak Career Pathway Scholarship at Luzerne County Community College, and the Osterhout Free Library Summer Reading Program.
Senator Yudichak is a graduate of Greater Nanticoke Area High School, Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School, and the Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in American Studies.