JENNIFER O’MARA, 165TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Jennifer O’Mara believes there is more that unites us than divides us, and she is committed to the idea of government working to serve the people. As an elected official, she will advocate for quality education for our children, affordable healthcare for all, good job opportunities for all skill levels, and the finest care for our veterans. Her dedication to public service is deeply rooted in her own experience, and her ability to deliver practical solutions has been similarly forged by her challenging personal journey.
Jennifer O’Mara was born in Southwest Philadelphia to a career firemen and a stay-at-home mom. After her father’s suicide when she was 13 years old, Jennifer and her family moved to Prospect Park, Delaware County. At Interboro High School, a caring public school teacher recognized that Jennifer was struggling to cope with her personal tragedy and encouraged her to channel her energies in a productive direction. Jennifer became a leader in student council, where she discovered a passion for government. She was selected to serve as a student representative on the Interboro School Board, and subsequently attended a leadership camp sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Student Council (PASC), an organization that Jennifer still volunteers for over a decade later.
As the daughter of a single mother, and with two younger brothers at home, affording college was a significant challenge. With the help of financial aid, student loans, and by working three part-time jobs, Jennifer O’Mara was able to attend West Chester University. She earned a dual degree in history and secondary education, and became certified to teach in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Jennifer O’Mara went on to earn a Master of Liberal Arts in English and history from the University of Pennsylvania, where she has been employed for five and a half years. She currently holds the position of Assistant Director of University Stewardship, working alongside her colleagues to steward the University’s top donors. Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors for PASC, and teaches organization and personal time management to high school students at the organization’s statewide leadership training program.
Jennifer’s friends, family, and community members know her as an action-oriented advocate, who is always ready to help others. She is incredibly hard-working and always puts the needs of others first. She navigated the college financial aid process for one of her younger brothers, who has since graduated from Temple University. She has also successfully advocated with the Department of Veteran Affairs for her husband, Bradford Bitting, a combat veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient.
Jennifer and Bradford were married in August 2017, and currently reside in Springfield, Pennsylvania, with their two cats.
GREG VITALI, 166TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
The people of Pennsylvania’s 166th Legislative District first elected Greg Vitali to the House of Representatives in 1992. The first Democrat to win this seat, Vitali was re-elected to his 12th term in 2014.
Vitali is Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. His focus in the legislature has been on climate and energy issues.
Vitali currently serves on the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board, a 20-member body that evaluates and adopts all Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection regulations and reviews changes to the state’s air quality standards plan.
Vitali has received the following environmental awards:
•2014 Clean Water Action Environmantal Leadership Award
•2009 PennFuture Green Power Hero
•2008 PennEnvironment Environmental Champ
•2002 PennFuture Green Power Policymaker Award
•2000 Pennsylvania League of Conservation Voters’ Hero Award
•1997 Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter State Legislator of the Year
•1995 Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Legislator of the Year
During his tenure in the legislature, Vitali has consistently been at the cutting edge of governmental reform issues.
In 2007, he was appointed to the Speaker’s Commission on Legislative Reform. In 1996, Vitali received the Common Cause of Pennsylvania Champion of Good Government Award.
In his home district, Vitali was instrumental in Haverford Township’s acquisition of the 209-acre Haverford State Hospital site and the preservation of large portions of that site for recreation and open space. He also secured state funding for the planning and construction of an indoor recreational facility there.
Vitali was born and raised in Haverford Township, Delaware County. He attended Sacred Heart Grade School and St. Joseph’s College Preparatory School. In 1978, he graduated cum laude from Villanova with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Vitali earned his law degree from Villanova in 1981, and then opened his own law practice in Havertown where he worked for the next 11 years before his election to the state House. Vitali was a member of the adjunct faculty at Villanova University from 2000 to 2005.