Joe Hamm was first elected to serve the people of the 84th Legislative District in November 2020. During the 2023-24 Legislative Session, he will serve on the House Judiciary, Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness and Environmental Resources and Energy Committees.
Joe graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Lock Haven University, as well as minors in business, psychology and leadership studies. His life goal is to always put country and community first and has proven that he will do just that through his time as a combat war veteran, volunteer firefighter, little league coach, township supervisor and borough manager.
Joe began his life of service at a young age, joining a local volunteer fire department at 14 years old. He served in the volunteer fire service for over 15 years, during which he rose through the ranks and ultimately earned the position of captain. Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Joe served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for six years, during which he earned the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) and the Army Commendation Medal while serving in Iraq.
After being honorably discharged, he went on to serve his community as supervisor and board chairman of Hepburn Township, a member of the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Commission, chairman of the Lycoming County Republican Committee and as the Jersey Shore Borough manager.
Like many citizens raised in central Pennsylvania, Joe was instilled with the traditional values of hard work, personal integrity, and community service. He is committed to protecting those values in the state Capitol while fighting to reduce government spending, eliminate burdensome taxes, create a business-friendly environment so more family-sustaining jobs are created by small business owners, reducing regulations and working to ensure Pennsylvania’s struggling agriculture industry has the proper tools and support it needs to be successful.
Joe currently lives in Cogan Station with his wife, Melissa, and their two daughters, Madison and Kennedy. They are members of Community Baptist Church in Montoursville.