Welcome to my Official Website

Welcome to my official website and online office for the 14th District. It is my hope that you will find this site informative and that it will work to strengthen the kind of two-way communication that is essential to our representative democracy. As always, it is a distinct honor to serve as your state Senator. If I can be of assistance, please don't hesitate to call, write or email

Pennsylvania Report

Pennsylvania Report  is a monthly television program, produced by Senate Democrats. This month topics are Minimum Wage, Marcellus Shale Gas Tax & Domestic Violence


Yudichak, Senate Environmental Committee Discuss EPA Clean Power Plan

WILKES-BARRE, August 21, 2014 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and members of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today heard testimony from numerous stakeholders in the environmental and energy sectors regarding the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean…   Continue reading →

Advisory: Senate Environmental Committee to Hold Hearing at Wilkes Tomorrow

WILKES-BARRE, August 20, 2014 – At the request of state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), the state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold a public hearing at Wilkes University tomorrow to discuss the potential energy and environmental effects of…   Continue reading →

$ 10 Million State Grant for Reading & Northern Railroad Means Jobs for Northeastern Pennsylvania

JIM THORPE, August 18, 2014 –State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) joined several state legislators in announcing Reading & Northern Railroad has secured a million state grant to construct a new railroad bridge over the Lehigh River near Nesquehoning Borough…   Continue reading →

Latest Audio

August 29, 2014: Labor Day is more than just a day off or a signal that summer is coming to an end, it’s a time to honor Pennsylvania’s working men and women, especially organized labor.  Here’s more with Senator Yudichak who explains what the holiday means to him, and he calls for an increase in the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.Labor-Day-2014-Yudichak-WebCut

August 27, 2014: In view of recent criticism over the way the Pennsylvania Department of Health is responding to health complaints concerning fracking by the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry, Senator Yudichak is pushing legislation that would create a statewide health registry.  Here’s more with the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee.SB-790-Health-Complaints-Yudic

August 21, 2014:  A state Senate committee is looking into a plan by the federal Environmental Protection Agency designed to clean up power plant emissions.  Senator Yudichak, the Democratic chairman of that committee, is looking for flexibility from the EPA.epa-emissions-hearing

August 6, 2014:  Senator Yudichak says lawmakers hope to pass legislation in the fall that will give local police the same ability to monitor speeds on local roadways that State Police have on state highways.local-radar-bill

August 5, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment:  As students head back to college, Sen. Yudichak reminds them — and their parents — to explore all the possibilities when it comes to paying for higher education.Pennsylvania-Moment-

July 21, 2014: Senator Yudichak comments on Pennsylvania’s Public Employee Pension Crisis:Pension-Crisis-Op-Ed-Yudichak

July 7, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Yudichak tells senior citizens how they can get help paying for their prescriptions.Pennsylvania-Moment-

June 30, 2014: Senator Yudichak today praised Senate approval of “Kevin’s Law,” which stiffens the penalties for hit-and-run drivers involved in fatal crashes.  Here are the Luzerne County lawmaker’s remarks on the legislation which makes fleeing the scene of a vehicular homicide punishable by three years in jail.Kevin’s-Law-SB-1312-Yudichak-R

June 10, 2014: Legislation that would reduce the number of members on the Penn State University Board of Trustees has cleared its first major hurdle in Harrisburg. Here’s more with Senator Yudichak, sponsor of the measure, and a member of the Senate State Government Committee which approved the bill today and sent it to the full Senate for a vote.PSU-SB-1240-Yudichak-WebStory

June 5, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Yudichak advises Pennsylvania’s veterans to call the Veteran’s Hotline and check on the benefits they’ve earned.Pennsylvania-Moment-

May 15, 2014: Ohio’s House of Representatives has passed a bill imposing a severance tax on fracking in that state. Senator Yudichak says Pennsylvania should do the same. Ohio-Gas-Severance-Tax-Yudicha

May 9, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Yudichak talks about PennDOT’s Yellow Dot program, designed to help both people with special medical conditions and first responders at an accident scene.Pennsylvania-Moment

April 11, 2014: Senator Yudichak, who also serves on the State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors, says he’s optimistic the system’s new chancellor will lead the 14 state-owned universities to a bright future.  Here’s more with the Luzerne County lawmaker on the new chancellor and the challenges that he faces.PASSHE-Chancellor-Yudichak-Wra

April 10, 2014: A Commonwealth Court ruling which upheld the constitutionality of a state law passed last year by the General Assembly – stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal – that had been challenged by the NCAA is being applauded by Senator Yudichak, a graduate of Penn State, who says the NCAA got a one-two punch from the court.NCAA-PSU-Court-Ruling-Yudichak

April 9, 2014: A bipartisan group of lawmakers from the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives voiced their support today at the State Capitol for imposing a severance tax on the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.  Here’s more with Senator Yudichak, the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, who says current state law regulating the industry crafted by Gov. Corbett and his administration, is flawed in many areas including its tax policy.Shale-Tax-Bipartisan-Support-Y

April 5, 2014:  Pennsylvania Moment:  Senator Yudichak says authorities can be alerted to child abuse by anyone anytime of the day or night.Pennsylvania-Moment