Meet John

Senator John Kane is a plumber and local labor leader who has spent his life fighting for working people and working families. He has personally battled through many of the challenges facing Pennsylvanians today and is ready to be a voice at the table for Delaware and Chester Counties.

After graduating high school here in Delco, Kane joined Plumbers Local 690, the union he represented as business manager for five terms. Kane led his union through the Great Recession, which put nearly 500 members out of work. As members struggled with mental health issues and substance abuse, Kane provided strong, steady leadership and worked to deliver a recovery that brought his local back stronger than ever.

Kane’s union benefits also helped him through his own personal struggles. At the age of 22, Kane sought treatment for alcohol addiction. His union benefits allowed him the treatment he needed, and he now proudly has 40 years sobriety. In 2015, John was diagnosed with stage three cancer. Thanks to his union healthcare, and the incredible doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, Kane has been cancer-free for eight years.

As Senator, John has fought to Repeal Act 12 and to keep the keep the Chester Water Authority in public hands. He has been a leader on bringing broadband access to underserved areas, fighting for student mental health treatments, gun violence prevention, abortion rights, workers rights, and fair funding for our schools. His advocacy has brought $84 million in state funds back to our district. He founded and chairs the state’s Recovery Caucus, seeking to help those struggling with addiction and their families.

Senator Kane lives in Birmingham with his wife, Lori. John is frequently seen with their dog, Bailey, in every zoom meeting possible. He is also a very proud, new grandpop.