Don White has been an advocate for businesses in the region and across Pennsylvania as
the state senator representing the 41st District, including Indiana, Armstrong, and parts of
Westmoreland and Butler counties.
A native of Kittanning, he has lived most of his life in Indiana. White graduated from
Indiana Area Senior High School, attended Juniata College and honorably served in the
U.S. Army before starting a career in the insurance business. He was first elected to the
Senate in 2000.
Sen. White serves as chairman of the Committee on Banking and Insurance and is a
member of the Environmental Resources and Energy, Law and Justice, Rules and
Executive Nominations and State Government committees.
He also is a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Infrastructure
Investment Authority (PENNVEST), the independent authority that provides loans and
grants for water, sewer and storm waste projects across Pennsylvania.
Among his legislative accomplishments, Sen. White was the prime sponsor of a law
expanding Pennsylvania’s Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zones and creating Keystone
Innovations Zones as a way to promote economic development in areas located near
colleges and universities. With the support of local townships, boroughs and school
districts, the family of Keystone Opportunity Zone programs have enabled business
growth in the Indiana County Corporate Campus, Indiana County Commerce Park and
the 300 Indian Springs Road multi-tenant building. Now flourishing companies, these
have placed workers in the communities and generated tax revenue for the county.
Sen. White also drafted a law that revamped Pennsylvania’s insurance solvency laws and
minimized increases in workers compensation premium costs, helping small businesses
and preserving jobs.
As the chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, Sen. White has
actively worked to promote meaningful competition in the medical insurance
marketplace, and to provide more options and make health care coverage more affordable
for employers and individual consumers with more access to local hospitals and doctors.
Sen. White has been a leader in efforts to strike a balance between necessary regulation
of the coal and natural gas industry and responsible use of the region’s natural resources,
while providing family-sustaining jobs and affordable energy and reducing dependence
on imported oil.
As a lifelong resident of the district, Sen. White recognizes the issues most important to
the families and communities he represents. Sen. White is committed to promoting
economic development and improving local roads, highways and bridges; has been
instrumental in securing millions of dollars for water, sewer and other infrastructure
improvements; and worked for the runway expansion at the Jimmy Stewart Airport.
Sen. White secured funds to maintain and enhance services of Indiana Regional Medical
Center, helped Indiana University of Pennsylvania to acquire the site and state funding
for construction of the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, and advanced the
funding for the ongoing development of Windy Ridge Business & Technology Park in
Senator White is a member of the National Rifle Association, the Indiana County
Chamber of Commerce, the Alle Kiski Strong Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana
and Armstrong county farm bureaus. He has proudly promoted the region’s agricultural
community through his support of local fairs, 4-H, and youth livestock auctions. The Sen.
Don White Scholarship Fund has helped to provide post-secondary education
opportunities for young men and women who show livestock at the Indiana County Fair.
He has been honored for his service in the Legislature and to the Indiana community, as a
recipient of the 2014 Friend of the Food Industry award from the Pennsylvania Food
Merchants Association; the Guardian of Small Business award from the National
Federation of Independent Business, for outstanding voting records on behalf of small-
business owners in the 2013-14 session; the Distinguished Citizen Award for 2005 from
the Laurel Highlands Council of Boy Scouts of America; and the Distinguished Citizen
Award for 2008 from the BPOE.
Sen. White was inducted into the Pennsylvania Department of Military Affairs and
Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame in 2007 for his efforts on behalf of Pennsylvania National
Guard members, veterans and their families. He was awarded the IUP President’s Medal
of Distinction through the Indiana County Leader’s Circle Program in 2012.
He is married to Sarah “Anne” Broderick. Their daughter, Abby, is an Associate
Surgeon, Instructor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. Don and Anne recently
welcomed their first grandchild, Ben, in October.