Judy Ward brings to the State Senate an understanding of our concerns and the professional background to make a real difference on the issues.
Judy was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2018 after having served in the House of Representatives since 2014. In Harrisburg, Judy has quickly become known as one of the state’s strongest conservative voices for limited government that protects taxpayers and preserves the freedoms of citizens. Her tireless work on the issues we care about most has consistently earned her the support of residents throughout our community as well as Pennsylvania’s job creators (PA Chamber), the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, the PA Pro-Life Federation, and the National Rifle Association.
Along with this proven, conservative record as a legislator, Judy brings to the Senate a diverse background in nursing, business and community service.
Prior to entering public service, Judy spent more than 20 years caring for local residents as a Registered Nurse. During that time, she also founded a business called All About Towne that assisted local businesses in relocating and welcoming new employees to our community.
Upon leaving nursing, Ward worked to help local non-profits by serving as Development Director first for Allegheny Lutheran Social Services and later for Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School.
In 2010, Judy brought her experience in medicine and business to the private sector, becoming the Medical, Health and Wellness Coordinator at Ward Transport and Logistics. There, she was responsible for helping employees to take an active role in their health; she was also deeply involved with issues surrounding health insurance, the federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and workers compensation insurance.
Throughout all of this, Judy remained an active community volunteer, giving her time to many community board and organizations, including including The Altoona Symphony, Blair County Respiratory Disease Society, and St. Leonard’s Home. She also volunteered her time and energy to projects with the Easter Seals, Arrow Child and Family Ministries, and the Food for Families Soup Kitchen.
A lifelong resident of Blair County, Judy is a graduate of Hollidaysburg High School and earned a nursing diploma at the Altoona Hospital School of Nursing. She is a graduate of R.U.L.E. – the Pennsylvania Rural Urban Leadership Program run by the Penn State University College of Agricultural Sciences as well as the Blair County Chamber’s Leadership Blair County program.
Today, she and her husband of 34 years, Bill, live just up the road from her 95 year old mother. Together, Judy and Bill have two sons – Bill, Jr., a Naval Academy graduate who has served overseas in the Persian Gulf, and Adam, a Penn State graduate.