Rep. Jennifer O'Mara's Biography
Jennifer O'Mara was elected to represent the 165th Legislative District on November 6, 2018.
Jennifer believes there is more that unites us than divides us, and is committed to being part of a government that serves the people. As state Representative, Jennifer is committed to improving public education for our children, protecting our communities from the dangers of gun violence, ensuring access to affordable health care, and expanding job opportunities at all skill levels. Her dedication to public service is deeply rooted in her own experience, and her ability to deliver practical solutions has been shaped by her challenging personal journey.
Jennifer is the daughter of a union firefighter. When she was 13 years old, her father died by gun suicide. Jennifer and her family moved to Delaware County, where her mother found a job as a school bus driver. Thanks to essential public services, her father’s union pension, and her mother’s union job, Jennifer’s family made it through.
After graduating from Interboro High School, Jennifer faced familiar challenges. As the daughter of a single mother with two younger brothers at home, affording college seemed impossible. By working three jobs, Jennifer was able to support herself through college and earn a dual degree from West Chester University with the help of financial aid and student loans. Studying history and secondary education, she became a certified teacher. Jennifer also holds a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied English and history.
Prior to joining the state legislature, Jennifer was employed for almost seven years at the University of Pennsylvania. She served as the Assistant Director of University Stewardship, working alongside her colleagues to ensure that attending the University is affordable for students. Jennifer is also a member of the Board of Directors for Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (PASC). She has also served as an advocate with the Department of Veterans Affairs for her now-husband, a combat veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient.
Jennifer is a hardworking public servant who works to put the needs of her community ahead of her own. Jennifer and her husband were married in 2017 and live in Springfield.