State senator John Gordner (R-Columbia) announced his resignation from the chamber in a statement on Monday.
His resignation will take effect on Wednesday, November 30. He had planned on serving out his term until 2024 before retiring.
“I have been presented with a unique opportunity that, after much family discussion and consideration, I have decided to accept,” said the 60-year-old Berwick resident. “The new position will allow me to take full advantage of my 30-year legislative experience in the House and Senate, as well as my 35 years of being an attorney.
“It has been an honor of a lifetime to serve the citizens of the 109th Legislative District and the 27th Senatorial District.”
Gordner will be joining the office of Pennsylvania Senate Interim President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) as Counsel, according to WKOK Newsradio.
Gordner was first elected to the State Senate in a special election in 2003 to represent all of Columbia, Northumberland, Montour and Snyder counties and parts of Luzerne County. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served for 11 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 109th Legislative District.
He has served as a member of Senate leadership as Majority Whip since November 2014. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, and as a member of the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee; the Judiciary Committee; and the Transportation Committee.
During his service in the General Assembly, Gordner has been active in advancing many economic development projects that have helped area businesses create and maintain family-sustaining jobs for district residents.
Gordner was one of the chief architects of crafting Senate Bill 428 that would move up the Commonwealth’s presidential primary from the fourth Tuesday in April to the third Tuesday in March – a difference of 35 days. The bill passed by a 49-0 vote in the Senate and has been laid on the table in the House.
updated to include Gordner’s new position