Long-serving Republican Gordner announces resignation from Pa. Senate

Ed Gruver//November 29, 2022

Long-serving Republican Gordner announces resignation from Pa. Senate

Ed Gruver//November 29, 2022

John R. Gordner, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder, has announced his resignation from the Pennsylvania Senate. 

Gordner’s resignation becomes effective on Nov. 30, 2022. He has served 30 years in the Pennsylvania State House and State Senate. He called it “an honor of a lifetime to serve the citizens of the 109th Legislative District and the 27th Senatorial District.” 

Upon his recent reelection, Gordner said he had planned to serve until the end of his term in November 2024 and then retire. “However, I have been presented with a unique opportunity that, after much family discussion and consideration, I have decided to accept.” 

He said he is accepting this week a position that allows him to take full advantage of his 30-year legislative experience in the House and Senate along with his 35 years as an attorney. 

“Once again, I want to thank the residents of Columbia, Dauphin, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, and Snyder counties that have supported me over the past 30 years.” 

District offices in Bloomsburg, Mount Carmel, and Shamokin Dam will remain fully operational during the vacancy. 

Most recently, Gordner announced three significant funding awards for his constituents. On Nov. 18, Snyder County business Live Edge USA, LLC was awarded a $2.5 million grant through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). 

Live Edge USA acquired a specialty hardwood lumber operation in rural Snyder County to grow its Brick Mill Furniture Company.  The project includes 10-times more kiln capacity, construction of additional lumber storage and upgrades to utilize wood waste and solar energy for heat and power.  The improvements are expected to grow the local workforce, and Gordner said the creation of additional jobs “will leave a lasting impact on the local economy.” 

Also on Nov. 18, a $2 million grant was awarded through RACP to DRIVE for the revitalization of the former Sunbury Hospital. The funds will be used to help renovate the facility by improving mechanical systems; updating interior floors, walls, and lighting; and the construction of various residential, commercial, and retail spaces. 

Gordner said the substantial state dollars will be used “to turn a closed facility into a useful space for businesses and residents.” 

On. Nov. 17, Columbia County was awarded $400,000 to assist in continuing efforts to protect the town of Bloomsburg from devastating flood events. Gordner remarked that the significant state dollars “set the stage for major improvements to current flood protections for the town of Bloomsburg. This includes the hopeful expansion of the flood wall in the west end upon completion of all impact studies and models.”