As a lifelong Juniata County resident, John Hershey graduated from Juniata High School and Messiah College with magna cum laude honors. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in economics and politics (international relations concentration).

John worked for a microfinance nonprofit organization for family farmers in East Africa as an administrator and fundraiser. There, he assisted in doubling their loan portfolio and, to financially support the mission, he co-founded a coffee subscription service that is still in existence today. Both of these experiences taught John that giving people freedom to innovate and implement their own ideas, as well as allowing small businesses to flourish, is the best way to raise people out of poverty and the only way to assist a struggling middle class.

Later, he served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) in Washington, D.C., researching and developing legislation on topics including agriculture, appropriations, foreign aid and nutrition. While working for the congressman, John assisted in securing federal funding for invasive pest resistance for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and helped to start the process of reforming some dairy insurance programs for upcoming farm bill negotiations. His experience provided critical insight regarding the innerworkings of government and how to effectively write productive legislation.

In Harrisburg, John plans to focus on protecting family farms and small businesses, improving workforce training for career and technical jobs, fighting wasteful state spending, and reforming the Commonwealth’s tax structure. He plans to provide more opportunity directly to the region he’s proud to call home and move the dialogue in Harrisburg in a direction that ultimately reflects the values of Pennsylvania’s 82nd District.

In the 2021-22 Legislative Session, John is serving as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Government Oversight, Health, Appropriations and Judiciary committees. He and his wife live in Walnut.