Rep. Joe Kerwin is serving his second term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Joe’s focuses are defending our right to keep and bear arms, protecting the unborn, honoring and assisting veterans, reducing taxes and regulation, and providing outstanding constituent services to all of the residents of the 125th Legislative District.
Joe is a life-long resident of northern Dauphin County. Raised in Lykens, his parents taught him the value of having a strong work ethic, being a man of faith, loving America, and giving back to his community. His service to community, state, and country is a key pillar of Joe’s life.
Joe is a graduate of Upper Dauphin Area High School, the Pennsylvania State University, and the Dickinson School of Law. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science as well as a juris doctor law degree. Joe was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2019 after passing the Pennsylvania Bar Exam.
When he was 19, he answered the call to serve and enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Joe commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Infantry in 2015 after completing ROTC at Penn State. Joe has served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in a variety of leadership positions in the Infantry for over ten years. Joe continues to serve and is presently Captain with the 56th Stryker Brigade. Joe is a graduate of numerous professional military schools including Army Ranger School and Army Airborne School.
Before being elected to the House of Representatives, Joe served Dauphin County as a deputy district attorney. He worked with law enforcement to keep illegal drugs off our street and reduce violent crime in Dauphin County. As a criminal prosecutor he handled countless juvenile and adult criminal cases. He has secured criminal convictions for both misdemeanor and felony offenses. Joe is also experienced in civil law practice with an emphasis in wills, trusts, and estates.
Joe is very active in his community and is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, the American Legion Post 239, the National Rifle Association, the Catholic War Veterans of America, the Pennsylvania House Second Amendment Caucus, and the Short Mountain Conservation Club.
Joe presently resides in Upper Paxton township.
The 125th Legislative District is comprised of part of Dauphin County, consisting of the townships of Halifax, Jackson, Jefferson, Lykens, Middle Paxton, Lower Paxton (Part-Voting Precincts 3, 4, 15, 16, 19, 21, 22, 24, 27), Mifflin, Reed Rush, Upper Paxton, Washington, Wayne, West Hanover, Wiconisco and Williams and the boroughs of Berrysburg, Elizabethville, Dauphin, Halifax, Gratz, Lykens, Millersburg, Pillow and Williamstown.