Jim Bobeck was born in the Heights Section of Wilkes-Barre on South Hancock Street to Mary Frances and Jim Bobeck, Sr. He attended Bishop Hoban High School, Villanova University, and Boston College Law School.
In 2010, following the establishment of Home Rule Government in Luzerne County, Jim answered a call to serve, spending an entire year working as a volunteer to transition Luzerne County to a better government. As the first Chair of Luzerne County Council, Jim worked tirelessly with the county’s best interests at heart. Fast forward 10 years: Luzerne County is financially stable and a guide for other counties, the unfathomable goals of 2010 now reality.
For the past 11 years, Jim has served as a Hearing Officer and Law Judge presiding over 10,000 legal hearings. Regardless of income, age, or background…fairness is the common thread. Jim has dealt with hostile parties, scared children, and people with no understanding of how the law works. He is well-known for presiding with a teaching mindset, asking everyone whether they understand what’s happening, and explaining the judicial process so they can better participate in it.
Since stepping down from County Council, Bobeck has joined the Board of Directors of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, coached youth basketball at Good Shepherd Academy and baseball in Kingston. He is a proud member and lector at St. Nicholas’ Church. He donates a portion of his legal practice services to underserved and underrepresented community members in need of legal services.
He has resided in Pittston Township, Plains Township, Mountain Top, and now calls Kingston home with his wife Megan and their children, Natalie (13) and James (10). They spend their school days at Good Shepherd Academy in Kingston and their summers in Dallas at JCC camp.