State Senator John Gordner, from the 27th district, resigned from his position on November 30th. To accept a position to counsel Kim Ward. Kim Ward is the interim President pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate. The President pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate is third in line to the Governorship as well as to preside over the Senate in case of the Lieutenant Governor’s absence. John Gordner has been the State Senator since 2003. The 27th district includes all of Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder County, and a section of Luzerne County. 

A Special Election will be held on January 31st to replace the outgoing Senator. State Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland) announced her candidacy for the position. No Democrat has announced candidacy for the vacant position. The district is heavily in favor of Republicans. John Gordner won re-election in 2020, winning 72% of the vote.