Gene Yaw

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Gene is proud and honored to represent us in the Pennsylvania State Senate, where he serves as Chairman of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and is a member of numerous other committees, including Appropriations, Judiciary and Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Gene served as Lycoming County solicitor for 17 years and was named County Solicitor of the Year in 2004.

Gene is a U.S. Army Veteran and a graduate from the United States Artillery and Missile Officer Candidate School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He served an overseas tour of duty as an artillery officer and was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant.

Gene is active in our community. He’s coached Little League baseball, coached and refereed youth soccer and is a member of the National Rifle Association. Gene also sits on several boards and commissions, such as the Center for Rural Pennsylvania (which he chairs) and the Environmental Quality Board.

Gene graduated from Montoursville High School, attended Bucknell University and earned degrees from Lycoming College and the American University School of Law in Washington, D.C.

A Loyalsock Township resident, Gene is married to Ann S. Pepperman and has two children, Scott and Mackenzie, and two grandchildren. He attends First United Methodist Church in Williamsport.


2010 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award – Susquehanna Council, Boy Scouts of America

2011 Lycoming College Alumni of the Year Award

2011 CAPPA Community Partner Award

2012 Israel Unity Award – Central Pennsylvania State of Israel Bonds

2013 Pennsylvania Winery Association Industry Supporter Award

2014 Pennsylvania College of Technology Centennial Leadership Award

2015 Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Legislator of the Year Award

2019 Pennsylvania Water Environment Association Public Official of the Year Award


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  • Passed legislation that delivered vital funding to support our economy and small businesses
  • Held Governor Wolf accountable for business closures and nursing home policies

Opioid Abuse

Gene is working to defeat the opioid epidemic. To that end, he has:

  • Established the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
  • Promoted the widespread use of Naloxone, saving thousands of lives
  • Authored a law restricting opioid prescription to minors
  • Created new training for doctors on pain management


Gene is a member of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. He is focused on helping our farmers by:

  • Championing funding for farm programs
  • Advocating for increased access to broadband in rural areas
  • Ensuring state government looks after our hardworking farmers

Second Amendment

As an Army veteran and NRA member, Gene stands with us on the 2nd Amendment.

  • Always standing firm on protecting our constitutional rights
  • Maintains a solid record of defending our values
  • Consistent A+ NRA Rating