Meet John

John Rafferty is running for State Senate to continue as our independent and responsible voice we can trust.

As our State Senator, John has taken our priorities to Harrisburg and produced results.

John led the fight to invest billions of dollars to modernize Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges, including the new span crossing Route 422.  To date, John’s landmark infrastructure program has put over 50,000 people to work.

Earning the support of law enforcement, John wrote the law to throw the book at criminals who purchase guns illegally.

Focused on comprehensive solutions to opioid abuse, John passed legislation to get life-saving Narcan into the hands of law enforcement. 

Recognizing that no senior should ever be forced out of their home due to property tax bills, John voted to completely eliminate property taxes. 

John serves as Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Senate Transportation Committee and Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Senate Judiciary Committee.  He is also a member of the Intergovernmental Affairs, Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure and Law and Justice Committees.

John also served on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and in 2013 was appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. He is well known for working on state and local issues and bringing together members of the Legislature, local officials and community leaders to solve problems and build meaningful consensus.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored John as their Legislator of the Year for the past five years. 

For his relentless efforts for our community, John has been recognized with the Montgomery County Community College Presidential Award, a Guardian of Small Business NFIB Award, the Humanity Award from the March of Dimes and the Chester County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award.  

Proudly, John has earned the endorsement of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association and the Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association.

Prior to serving in the State Senate, John was an attorney in private practice focused on education, real estate, zoning, business and estate law.

As Deputy Attorney General for the Commonwealth, he was assigned to the Criminal Law Division where his primary duty was investigating and prosecuting Medicaid fraud.

John’s additional service to our community runs deep.  He is a former member of the Methacton School Board and Lower Providence Township Supervisor.

Senator Rafferty earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, his master's degree from Beaver College and his law degree from Temple University.