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State Senator John Gordner Resigns

On Monday, State Senator John Gordner announced his resignation from the PA Senate after 30 years of combined service in the PA House and Senate.  His full statement is below:

"On November 30, 2022, I will have served 30 years in the Pennsylvania State House and State Senate.  It has been an honor of a lifetime to serve the citizens of the 109th Legislative District and the 27th Senatorial District. After being reelected in November 2020, my plan was to serve until the end of my term in November 2024 and retire.  However, I have been presented with a unique opportunity that, after much family discussion and consideration, I have decided to accept. I will be resigning as a state Senator on November 30, 2022 and accepting a new position in the coming week.  The new position will allow me to take full advantage of my 30-year legislative experience in the House and Senate, as well as my 35 years of being an attorney. Once again, I want to thank the residents of Columbia, Dauphin, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, and Snyder Counties that have supported me over the past 30 years.  During the vacancy, the district offices in Bloomsburg, Mount Carmel, and Shamokin Dam will remain fully operational."

Senator Gordner's new position will be as Counsel to the office of interim Senate Pro Tempore Kim Ward.

In a statement issued November 29, Columbia Montour Chamber President Fred Gaffney said, "John Gordner has been such a strong advocate for our area, including the business community, over his years in the House and Senate. From securing funds for flood protection and storm water management to numerous economic development projects, his efforts will benefit our communities for many years to come. We cannot overstate our appreciation to Senator Gordner."

Flashback: This 2019 photo featured in the Press Enterprise, shows State Senator John Gordner speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for Chamber member Forest & Field.

A special election will take place to fill the seat left vacant by Senator Gordner's departure.