Member Biography

Joseph J. Yosko 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1949-1950       18 Democrat
1951-1952       18 Democrat
1953-1954       18 Democrat
1955-1956       18 Democrat
1957-1958       18 Democrat

COUNTIES: Northampton  


11/01/1903 - 09/19/1958

Joseph J. Yosko (D18) Northampton County 1949-1958

Early Life:

Joseph J. Yosko, born November 1, 1903, Jeanesville, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; son of Michael and Mary Goza Yosko; Parochial school education; four-year apprenticeship, machinist, Bethlehem Steel Corporation; high school diploma, Bethlehem High School, Moravian College; Penn State Dickinson Law, transferred National University School of Law, LL.D.; clerk, Northampton County District Attorney office; employed, Home Owners' Loan Corporation; democratic senate employee, Pennsylvania State Senator Warren R. Roberts; hearing examiner, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, 1934–1936; administrative director, Pennsylvania Auditor General, 1936–1940; director, Public Assistance and Unemployment Compensation, Bureau of Disbursements, Pennsylvania Treasurer, 1940–1944; president, Young Democrats of America, Pennsylvania Chapter, 1940–1942; executive director, Pennsylvania Auditor General, 1944–1948; married, Gertrude Reynolds Yosko; died, September 19, 1958 (aged 54–55), in office of the Senate, Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey; interment, Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

State chairman, Democratic Registration Campaign Committee, 1947; District Vice-chair Democratic State Committee; Executive Director Democratic Society of Pennsylvania; Chairman, Bethlehem Democratic Committee; Secretary, Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Hearing Examiner, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, 1934–1936

Administrative Director, Pennsylvania Auditor General, 1936–1940.

Director of Public Assistance and Unemployment Compensation, Bureau of Disbursements, Pennsylvania Treasurer, 1940–1944.

President, Young Democrats of America, Pennsylvania Chapter, 1940–1942.

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Auditor General, 1944–1948.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senator, 18th district, Northampton County, 1949- death September 19, 1958; nine years, ten months.


Commencement, Bethlehem Catholic High School awarded the award for proficiency in stenography to Jean M. Puraell, 1952.


Cox, Harold. Senate Members "Y" ( University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

The Catholic Standard and Times, Volume 57, Number 38, June 20, 1952.

Joseph J. Yosko (1903-1958) - Find a Grave Memorial