Gene Yaw

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Gene Yaw
Pennsylvania State Senate District 23
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 5
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLycoming College, 1970
J.D.American University, 1973
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1963-1967
Place of birthMontoursville
Office website
Gene Yaw is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.


Yaw earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Lycoming College in 1970 and his J.D. from American University in 1973. His professional experience includes working as a Solicitor at the Lycoming County Prothonotary, as the General Counsel at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, as a former Law Clerk for President Judge Charles F. Greevy, as a former Construction Worker, as a former Heavy Equipment Operator and as a former School Bus Driver. Currently he is a Partner at McNerney, Page, Vanderlin and Hall Law Firm. Yaw served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1963 to 1967.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Yaw served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Environmental Resources & Energy, Chair
Urban Affairs & Housing, Vice Chair
Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Labor & Industry
Law & Justice
Rules & Executive Nominations
Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Joint Conservation


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Yaw served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Yaw served on these committees:



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

Yaw ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 23. Yaw defeated David Huffman in the Republican primary on April 24 and defeated Luana Cleveland (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. [2][3]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGene Yaw Incumbent 69.7% 66,277
     Democratic Luana Cleveland 30.3% 28,771
Total Votes 95,048
Pennsylvania State Senate, District 23 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGene Yaw Incumbent 75.4% 16,994
David Huffman 24.6% 5,542
Total Votes 22,536


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Yaw was elected to Pennsylvania State Senate District 23. He defeated Louis Casmir (D) and Michael Dincher (I) in the general election.[4]

Yaw raised $581,865 for this campaign.[5]

Pennsylvania State Senate District 23
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png YAW, GENE (R) 61,430

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gene Yaw is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Gene Yaw raised a total of $838,460 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.[6]

Gene Yaw's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 23 Won $224,969
2010 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 23 Not up for election $31,626
2008 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 23 Won $581,865
Grand Total Raised $838,460


Gene Yaw won re-election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Gene Yaw raised a total of $224,969.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gene Yaw's campaign in 2012
Pennsylvania Republican Party$86,561
Friends of Joe Scarnati$50,000
Friends of Dominic Pileggi$20,000
Students First$10,000
Blaschak, John A$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$224,969
Source:Follow the Money


Yaw raised $581,865 during the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[7]

Donor Amount
Gene Yaw $228,023
Pennsylvania Republican Party $48,591
McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall $31,167
Friends of Joe Scarnati $25,000
Senate Republican Campaign Committee of Pennsylvania $24,113
John Blaschak $15,100
Pennsylvania Association for Justice $13,500
Ann Pepperman $11,611
Friends of Dominic Pileggi $10,000
Turkey Run Properties LP $10,000


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In 2011, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 4 through November 30. In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly began its legislative session on January 3.

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Yaw is married to his wife, Ann. They have two children and reside in Loyalsock Township, Pennsylvania.

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