A Marietta native, Dave Hickernell was born, raised and educated in the 98th Legislative District.
As a product of our communities, Dave knows his job in Harrisburg is to stand up for the views and values held by the majority of local residents.
A lifelong resident of the 98th District, Dave graduated from Donegal High School and then Elizabethtown College in 1983. He then went on to work for the Pennsylvania House in a variety of key staff positions. In 1999, Dave was elected by the people of Lancaster County to serve as their Clerk of Courts. During his time as the County Clerk of Courts, he instituted several reforms that made criminal court records more accessible and open to the public and resolved a long-standing problem with the disbursement of fines, allowing almost $2.4 million in tax dollars to be put to better and more efficient use.
As our State Representative, Dave has built a reputation as a responsible and pragmatic legislator focused on results instead of politics. That is how he has had numerous bills signed into law and why he is tapped by members of both parties to help craft important multi-bill packages addressing the biggest issues of the day in our state. Today, Dave serves as the Chairman of the Professional Licensure Committee and is a member of the Education Committee and the Rules Committee.
Dave Hickernell has always been an active member of our community, and takes part in many local civic groups. He is a member of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club and the Elizabethtown Grange, and his family are members of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Elizabethtown, where he has served in various leadership positions, including president of the Church council.
Dave currently resides in West Donegal Township with his wife, Karen. Their daughter, Jessica, is a graduate of Quinnipiac University.