For more than a decade, State Rep. John T. Yudichak of Plymouth has been highly regarded as an effective and independent advocate for the people of Pennsylvania.

Rep. John Yudichak is campaigning for a seat in the Pennsylvania State Senate. He was first elected to represent the residents of the 119th Legislative District on Nov. 3, 1998.

Rep. Yudichak is noted for his leadership on legislation that has positively impacted millions of Pennsylvanias, including: expansion of the PACE Program for Seniors, expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program, expansion of Gaming and the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program for the reduction of property taxes, accountability in education funding to improve student performance, new Pa. Energy Policy that invests in nenewable energy and the creation of 'green' jobs and Growing Greener II Program that invest claiming hundreds of acres of abandon mind land and polluted streams.

Rep. Yudichak's leadership on higher education issues has earned him a seat on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and the cochairmanship of the bicameral Penn State University Caucus on Higher Education.

Additionally legislative achievements inspired by residents of Luzerne County include:

The Sgt. Baker Act that honors Sgt. Sherwood Baker of Plymouth who was the first Pennsylvania National Guard Soldier killed in Iraq. The legislation provides a free public college education to the children of any U.S. soldier killed on active duty, The Full Unemployment Benefits for Seniors Act was inspired by Joe Gryskiewicz of Nanticoke who was a working senior who was denied the full benefits he earned on the job. The legislation provides every working senior with the full employment benefits they earn through their employment.

The Waste Tire Act was inspired by the residents of Edwardsville who were threatened by a fire at a waste tire pile site. The legislation cracks down on illegal waste tire piles in neighborhoods and ensures owners of waste tire piles are responsible for remediation.

Rep. Yudichak has also aggressively pursued community projects to improve the quality of life and set the state for economic growth in the 119th District. His efforts have produced tangible results, including: Nanticoke City and Luzerne County Community College Partnership for downtown revitalization; construction of the LCCC Public Safety Institute; development of the Hanover Crossings Business Park, Hanover Township; expansion of the Crestwood Industrial Park, Wright Township; development of Whitney Pointe, Newport Township; continued development of Hanover Industrial Estates, Hanover Township; Main Street planning and development, Plymouth Borough; development of West Side business district, Edwardsville Borough; development of Wright Township Municipal Park; and creation of Hanover Area Regional Recreation Complex.

Rep. Yudichak is the founder of the Yudichak Family Lighthouse Fund of the Luzerne Foundation, a local charitable fund benefiting local public libraries and youth programs. The fund has distributed nearly $100,000 to program benefiting the residents of Luzerne County.

He is a graduate of Greater Nanticoke Area High School, Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School and Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in American Studies.

He and his wife, Att. Heather Yudichak, have three daughters, Sarah, Anna and Eveylyn.