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. 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. His experience working for the Congressman provided critical insight regarding the innerworkings of government and how to effectively write productive legislation.

In Harrisburg, John focuses 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 wants 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.