Member Biography

John P. Blake 


08/01/1960 -

John P. Blake (D22) Lackawanna, Luzerne (Part) and Monroe (Part) Counties, 2011-2021

Early Life:

John P. Blake, born August 1, 1960, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania; son of John V. and Theresa M. Blake; Valley View High School, 1978; Villanova University (B.A.), sociology, 1983; Marywood University (M.S.W.), administrative track, 1987; Harvard JFK School of Government, Executive Education in Public Management, 1998; United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Builders Fellowship, 1998; University of Scranton Kania School of Management (M.B.A.), finance, 2001; vice-president, senior advisor, PNC Bank; director, Northeast Regional Office of the Governor; acting secretary, executive deputy secretary, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED); executive director, Lackawanna County Redevelopment Authority, ten years; executive director, Lackawanna County Tourism Promotion Agency; chair, founding member, Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission; adjunct faculty member, economics, University of Scranton Kania School of Management; board member, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS); elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2011-resigned, February 15, 2021; district director, Senior Economic Development Specialist, United States Congressman Matt Cartwright, 2021-; married Louise, two children.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 22nd district, Lackawanna, Luzerne (Part) and Monroe (Part) Counties, 2011-2021, Minority Appropriations Committee Vice-Chairman, 2015-2016, Democratic Caucus Administrator, 2017-2021; committee assignments, Appropriations, Finance (Minority Chairman), Local Government, Transportation, Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness; resigned, February 15, 2021.


The Pennsylvania Manual, (2019-2020). Mattos, S., (Editor). (Volume 124) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 3-8, 3-33, 3-38; Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-15.