Senator Gene Yaw
23rd Senatorial District
Gene Yaw was elected to represent the 23rd Senatorial District in November 2008.
running for the Senate, Yaw served as Lycoming County solicitor for 17 years and
was named County Solicitor of the Year in 2004. He has also served as general
counsel to the Pennsylvania College of Technology for more than 20 years and now
serves on the Board of Directors of that institution.
Yaw serves as Chairman of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and
Vice Chairman of the Urban Affairs and Housing Committee. He is also a member
of the Judiciary, Law and Justice, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Labor and
Industry and Rules and Executive Nominations Committees and the Majority Policy
Committee. Senator Yaw also serves on a number of Boards and Commissions
including as Chairman of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a member of the
Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee and
a member of the Environmental Quality Board.
Yaw is a member of the Lycoming Law Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association,
American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Board of
Directors of the Lycoming Law Association Foundation, Inc., and a former member
with 17 years of service to the Board of Directors of Susquehanna Legal
Services. He serves as "Of Counsel" with the McCormick Law Firm in Williamsport,
a prominent firm which has been in continuous existence for 150 years.
Army veteran, Yaw enlisted as a Private E-1 and went on to 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.
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.
Yaw has coached Little League Baseball, and coached and refereed for the
American Youth Soccer Organization. He is a member of the National Rifle
Association, Ducks Unlimited, the Nittany Lion Club, and the
Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. He received the 2010 Distinguished
Citizen of the Year Award from the Susquehanna Council, Boy Scouts of America,
the 2011 Lycoming College Alumni of the Year Award, and the 2011 CAPPA Community
Partner Award and Central Pennsylvania State of Israel Bonds 2012 Israel Unity
Loyalsock Township resident, Yaw is married to Ann S. Pepperman, Esquire and has
two children, Scott and Mackenzie, and two grandchildren. He attends First
United Methodist Church in Williamsport and serves as a trustee of the Wallis
Run United Methodist Church.