Rep. Tim Twardzik is serving his second term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with a focus on creating jobs, assisting small business owners, health care advocacy, fighting community blight, improving the education system and protecting students.
Twardzik was appointed to the following House committees for the 2023-24 Legislative Session: Commerce, Health, Housing and Community Development.
Most notably from the last legislative session, Tim’s bill to provide more secure health care ID badges was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. Act 79 of 2022
amends the Health Care Facilities Act (HCFA) requirements regarding photo identification badges in health care facilities. Additionally, his legislation to fix the unfair Unemployment Compensation (UC) rate increases placed on small businesses closed during the pandemic shutdowns was also signed into law as Act 156 of 2022
Twardzik continued his mission to fight blight in Schuylkill County with legislation he introduced that would create the Vacant Property Registration Act, (House Bill 1791). The measure would allow communities to create and maintain a vacant property registration program, which is a blight fighting, smart growth tool used to stabilize and redevelop neighborhoods.
He is the retired executive vice president and co-owner of Ateeco Inc. in Shenandoah and the marketer of Mrs. T’s, the world’s largest selling brand of frozen pierogies. He helped grow the business founded by his father, Ted, into the community’s leading employer.
A graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School and the University of Notre Dame, where he was a four-year Monogram Letter winner in track. Twardzik was a three-sport athlete in high school, winning multiple District XI titles and a state medal in the 330-meter intermediate hurdles. He was also inducted into his high school’s Wall of Fame in 2000.
Twardzik is active with a variety of community organizations and currently serves as secretary of the Lehigh Valley Health System – Schuylkill board of directors. He is past president of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Legatus (the international organization of Catholic CEOs). Twardzik also served as chairman of the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation and Schuylkill County Industrial Development Authority. Additionally, he served on the boards of the Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association, Diocese of Allentown board of education, MMI Preparatory School (also chairing its successful capital campaign) and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
Twardzik was a founding partner in the Schuylkill County Vision project, and past president of the Schuylkill County and Shenandoah chambers of commerce. He also served as chairman of the American Frozen Food Association’s public and trade relations committee in Washington, D.C.
Twardzik, along with his brother, Tom, were presented the Anti-Defamation League Torch of Liberty Award, which recognizes those who committed to fairness and the principles of freedom.
He and his wife, Carol, are the parents of three sons. They reside in Frackville.