Judy Schwank

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Judy Schwank
Pennsylvania State Senate District 11
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 4
Base salary$82,026/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedMarch 15, 2011
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Master'sPenn State University, 1982
Office website
Judy Schwank is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate representing, District 11. She was elected in a special election on March 15, 2011 and re-elected in 2012 with her term expiring in 2016. Schwank filled the vacancy created when Michael O'Pake (D) passed away due to complications arising from a heart bypass operation.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Campaign themes


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."

Committee assignments


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:



See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

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. [4][5]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Schwank Incumbent 64.4% 63,796
     Republican Karen Mogel 35.6% 35,318
Total Votes 99,114


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Schwank defeated Larry Medaglia (R) in the March 15, 2011 special election.[6]

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Preceded by
Michael O'Pake
Pennsylvania State Senate District 11
Succeeded by