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|Pennsylvania State Senate District 11|
|November 30, 2012|
|Years in position||4|
|Per diem||No per diem|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||March 15, 2011|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Master's||Penn State University, 1982|
Schwank is a former Berks County Commissioner and current Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley College. She has also worked as 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 earned her B.S. and M.Ed. in agricultural education from Pennsylvania State University. Judy is married to her husband Jim. They have three children.
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.
Schwank's 2011 special election campaign site 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."
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Schwank has been appointed to these committees:
- Aging & Youth
- Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Chair
- Intergovernmental Operations
- Local Government
- Public Health & Welfare
Schwank is running in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 11. Schwank ran unchallenged in the April 24 primary and is unopposed in the general election which takes place on November 6, 2012.
- WFMZ, "Voters To Choose Sen. O'Pake Successor March 15," January 5, 2011
- Campaign Site, "About"
- Governing, "GOP Legislators to Watch," May 24, 2011
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 Primary Candidate List In Ballot Order," March 26, 2012
- BCTV, "Judy Schwank wins state senate seat," March 15, 2011
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