Jack Rader Jr. was first elected in 2014 to represent Monroe County’s 176th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He is now serving in his fifth term.
During the 2023-24 Legislative Session, Jack has been appointed to serve on the House Finance, Local Government, and Tourism and Economic and Recreational Development committees. He was also named Republican chairman of the Subcommittee on Boroughs under the Local Government Committee.
Jack’s legislative priorities include job creation and economic growth, in addition to addressing the school property tax issue.
During his House tenure Jack has been the prime sponsor of five bills that have become law, including:
• Act 101 of 2018
, which grants municipalities an exemption from establishing a leaf waste collection program provided they meet a population density threshold.
• Act 57 of 2019
, which allows the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to transfer up to 75 restaurant liquor licenses that it holds from counties with a surplus of them to counties where they are needed for tourism development projects.
• Act 15 of 2022
, which allows a local government that imposes a tax for preserving and maintaining land for open space to use 25% of the tax revenue for maintenance of open space land.
• Act 53 of 2022
, which provides an exemption from the state Inheritance Tax for property that is transferred from the estate of a military member who has died because of an injury or illness suffered while on active duty.
• Act 101 of 2022
, which clarifies that a person cannot be denied admission to a public or private treatment and rehabilitative facility based solely on a negative drug test.
Prior to his election, Jack served 28 years on the Jackson Township board of supervisors in Monroe County, including 20 years as chairman. In addition, he served as Pocono-Jackson Water Authority chairman, Monroe County Council of Government vice president, Hamilton/Jackson/Pocono Park and Open Space Commission chairman, and Chestnuthill/Jackson/Eldred/Ross/Polk Regional Planning Board vice chairman. Jack is also a past president of the Monroe County Township Officials’ Board.
Jack’s business background includes more than three decades as manager and vice president of Mountain Springs Resort, located in Reeders. The company has been owned by his family for more than a half-century.
Jack is a graduate of Pocono Mountain High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Susquehanna University.
Jack lives in Reeders with his wife, Susan. They are proud parents of four children and six grandchildren.