|Pennsylvania State Senate District 11|
|December 1, 2016|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||March 15, 2011|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Master's||Penn State University, 1982|
Schwank earned her B.S. and M.Ed. in Agricultural Education from Pennsylvania State University.
Her professional experience includes the following positions: Schwank is a former Berks County Commissioner and the former director of the Berks County Cooperative Extension Program and President of 10,000 Friends, promoting sustainability and agriculture. Schwank also serves as a member of the Girl Scouts of Southeast PA Board of Directors and as chair the Pennsylvania State Planning Board. She is currently the Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley College.
In June 2011, Governing Magazine named Schwank one of 12 "Democratic Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities such as leadership, ambition, and political potential.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Schwank served on the following committees:
|Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Minority Chair|
|• Aging & Youth|
|• Public Health & Welfare|
|• Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Schwank served on these committees:
|Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Chair|
|• Aging & Youth|
|• Intergovernmental Operations|
|• Local Government|
|• Public Health & Welfare|
Shrinking the PA General Assembly
Schwank has proposed Senate Bill 336, a bill that would reduce the size of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Her bill would cut the size of the Senate from 50 members to 40 members, and the House from 203 members to 121 members. SB 336 is similar to other bills that have been proposed by Pennsylvania lawmakers during this year to cut the size of the General Assembly. Samuel Smith (R), the Pennsylvania Speaker of the House, recently proposed a bill that would reduce members in the Senate from 50 to 38 and in the House from 203 to 153. In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith introduced a bill to shrink the number of representatives, but the bill failed to gain the necessary support because Smith's colleagues wanted to add reductions to the Senate as well. Schwank said on SB 336 that, "What’s clear is Pennsylvania taxpayers want a leaner, faster and more effective governing body that’s much less expensive." Currently the state House is the second largest in the country, behind only the New Hampshire House of Representatives. A reduction in the size of the General Assembly will require approval by both chambers during the same legislative session and by voters on a ballot referendum.
Schwank's 2011 special election Judy's Schwank's website emphasized several policy positions and campaign themes:
- Jobs: "Working with business and community leaders, she was instrumental in the development of the Berks Economic Partnership, which has created or retained over 6,000 jobs in Berks County."
- Lower Property Taxes: "She knows that we must find a better way to fund government and education than by relying on our property taxes."
- Cutting Red Tape: "She understands that reform in Harrisburg will revive and strengthen Pennsylvania's economy."
- Experience: "She worked with Senator O'Pake to protect our Berks County values and way of life."
- Agriculture: "She led the efforts to protect Berks County's agricultural base and increase the economic viability of our farms."
- Community: "She has served Berks County in the public and non-profit sectors her entire career, working to create good-paying, permanent jobs right here."
Schwank ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 11. Schwank ran unchallenged in the April 24 primary and defeated Karen Mogel in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. 
|Pennsylvania State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Judy Schwank Incumbent||64.4%||63,796|
Comprehensive donor information for Judy Schwank is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Judy Schwank raised a total of $286,236 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.
|Judy Schwank's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Pennsylvania State Senate, District 11||$93,407|
|2011||Pennsylvania State Senate Special elections, District 11||$192,829|
|Grand Total Raised||$286,236|
2012Judy Schwank won re-election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Judy Schwank raised a total of $93,407.
|Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Judy Schwank's campaign in 2012|
|Citizens for Hughes||$10,500|
|Richard A Kasunic Campaign Cmte||$2,500|
|Pennsylvania Association for Justice||$2,500|
|Jay Costa for State Senate||$2,500|
|Boscov, Albert R||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$93,407|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Schwank is married to her husband Jim. They have three children.
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- Judy Schwank on Facebook
- The Reading Eagle, "Where they stand," February 2, 2011
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2011
- WFMZ, "Voters To Choose Sen. O'Pake Successor March 15," accessed January 5, 2011
- judyschwank.com, "About," accessed May 16, 2014
- Governing, "GOP Legislators to Watch," accessed May 24, 2011
- Central Penn Business Journal, "Senator renews push to shrink size of Pa. General Assembly," accessed August 13, 2013
- Trib Live, "Another bill to cut Pennsylvania's General Assembly being offered," accessed August 11, 2013
- Berks Community TV, "Another bill to cut Pennsylvania's General Assembly being offered," accessed August 13, 2013
- WESA, "In Harrisburg, At Least 3 Proposals to Trim PA Legislature," accessed August 14, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary," accessed March 11, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Election," accessed March 11, 2014
- BCTV, "Judy Schwank wins state senate seat," March 15, 2011
- followthemoney.org, "Schwank, Judy," accessed September 6, 2013
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