Judy Ward was elected to represent residents of Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton and Huntingdon counties in the Pennsylvania Senate on November 6, 2018 after serving two terms representing the interests of local communities in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ 80th District.
Judy is a Registered Nurse, as well as a former small business owner, development professional and wellness coordinator for Ward Transport and Logistics.
In the Senate, Judy authored a law in 2019 that created several new programs and other resources to support Pennsylvania farmers. She also led the fight in the General Assembly to expand fundraising options for local charities dedicated to helping individuals who have cancer or developmental disabilities.
Judy currently serves as Chair of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee, which is responsible for reviewing legislation that affects the programs and services dedicated to senior citizens and younger Pennsylvanians. She previously served as Chair of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee and the Urban Affairs and Housing Committee.
She also serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and as a member of the following committees: Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Law and Justice, State Government, and Rules & Executive Nominations and the Senate Republican Policy Committee. She is a member of the Local Government Commission, the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee, PA Council of the Arts, Advisory Council for the Hollidaysburg Veteran’s Home and the Dairy Future Commission.
In addition to her committee appointments, she also serves as Chair of the Senate Community Pharmacy Caucus and the PA Rare Disease Caucus, and as a member of the Senate Life Science Caucus, PA Legislative Arts & Culture Caucus, Pennsylvania Legislative Coal Caucus, YMCA Legislative Caucus, Bicameral Broadband Caucus, Senate Manufacturing Caucus, PA Fair Caucus, Aviation Caucus, Gas and Oil Caucus, Cystic Fibrosis Caucus, and Senate Community College Caucus.
Her primary goals are to seek improve Pennsylvania’s business climate, create jobs and to advance economic and agricultural opportunities for the 30th District.
A lifelong resident of Blair County, Judy graduated from Hollidaysburg High School and the Altoona Hospital School of Nursing.
She is a longtime member of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, having graduated from the Chamber Leadership Blair County Program, and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Rural Urban Leadership Program (R.U.L.E.) through Penn State University, which encourages and fosters the development of adult community leaders from all segments of the state, especially agricultural communities. Having served on many community and professional boards, she remains active with Food for Families Soup Kitchen.
Judy resides in Hollidaysburg with her husband, Bill. They have two grown sons, Bill Jr. and Adam.