It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

(Dec 13, 2019)

Kicking off the holiday season with you during the festive Springfield Christmas Tree lighting on Saxer Avenue last Sunday surely put me in the merriest of moods! I’ve always loved how this time of year reunites us with our friends and family, and I am overjoyed to revel in the spirit of the holiday season with all of you this year. Read more


Happy Thanksgiving!

(Nov 26, 2019)

As Thanksgiving approaches, I cannot help but feel immense gratitude for the constituents who live throughout my district. Read more


Recognizing the heroes of the 165th

(Nov 22, 2019)

I hope that you and your family are keeping warm as winter dawns upon us! Connecting with you at our veterans events put me in the #WorkingForYou spirit as I hit the road for a busy week in Harrisburg. Read more


O’Mara announces $682K in grant funding to Delaware County parks and trail

(Nov 14, 2019)

SPRINGFIELD, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara announced today that Veterans Memorial Park in Marple Township, Meadowgreen Park in Springfield Township and the Forge to Refuge Trail in Radnor Township have received a collective $682,000 in Recreation and Conservation grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Ensuring our public parks and trails are accessible, maintained and safe is a crucial element in fostering a community of friendship and fellowship,” O’Mara said. “I’m grateful that these three Delaware County recreational sites were chosen as grant recipients and I look forward to seeing the positive impact these upgrades will bring to residents.” Veterans Memorial Park received a $200,000 grant which will be used to rehabilitate and further develop the park. This will include construction of pedestrian walkways, stormwater management measures, installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, increased ADA access, landscaping and other related site improvements. Meadowgreen Park received a $250,000 grant to be used toward upgrading its sports fields and to further develop areas of the park. The grant will help fund the renovation of the baseball field, construction of the multipurpose field, pedestrian walkways, parking area, stormwater management measures, increase ADA access, landscaping and other related site improvements. The Forge to Refuge Trail Read more


Honoring our veterans and outstanding constituents

(Nov 08, 2019)

I hope that you and your family had a delightful Halloween brimming with treats! If your sweet tooth hasn’t been filled quite yet, my district office is still brimming with candy from our trick-or-treat themed unclaimed property search event that you are more than welcome to indulge in. Read more


O’Mara, Vitali, Zabel announce federal grant to improve West Chester Pike

(Nov 06, 2019)

“Improving traffic flow benefits everyone, especially on a route as heavily traveled as West Chester Pike,” O’Mara said. “I’m very glad that this project was selected to receive federal funding, as it will be a major improvement for everyone living and working in Delaware County.” Read more


O’Mara to host Veterans Expo on Nov. 16

(Nov 04, 2019)

BROOMALL, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, state Sen. Tim Kearney and U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon will hold a veterans expo open to all constituents of the 165th Legislative District next weekend. The expo will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Marple library, 2599 Sproul Road in Broomall. O’Mara said the expo will feature dozens of government and nonprofit agencies, as well as local businesses who will provide veterans with information on how they can lead healthier and happier lives. “I’m happy to work with veterans and connect them with the services and resources that they need most,” O’Mara said. “My veterans expo will feature a variety of vendors, from service dog information, to health screenings and resources to improve mental health, so I’m confident that there will be something for everyone.” Anyone with questions can call O’Mara’s office at (610) 544-9878. Read more


O’Mara to host free breakfast for veterans Nov. 11

(Nov 01, 2019)

MEDIA, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara will host a free breakfast for veterans living in the 165th Legislative District from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at Paxon Hollow Country Club, 850 Paxon Hollow Road. Veterans of all military branches and their spouses or partners are invited to attend. “Veterans have sacrificed so much to protect our country and our freedoms, and for that they deserve endless thanks,” O’Mara said. “This breakfast is just one symbol of appreciation from me and my staff to show our gratitude this Veterans Day.” O’Mara’s staff will be available during the breakfast to provide information and answer any questions about local and state services available to veterans. To check whether or not they live in the 165th Legislative District, people can check here: . Questions can be directed to O’Mara’s office at 610-544-9878. ### Read more


O’Mara announces nearly $175K in grant funding for early childhood education programs

(Nov 01, 2019)

RADNOR, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Jennifer O'Mara, D-Delaware, today announced that Cabrini University and Eastern University will each receive a Preschool Development Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to improve the quality of early childcare education. Cabrini and Eastern universities are two of 10 colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania to receive a portion of the $1.5 million in grant funding. The Preschool Development Grant will provide ECE professionals and students the opportunity to complete credit-bearing coursework towards a Child Development Associate certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, and/or Pennsylvania PreK-4 teacher certification to professionalize the field. Cabrini University will receive $158,493 to help redesign courses of the PreK-4 program to fully align with Pennsylvania’s Learning Standards for Early Childhood. The redesign will examine how to best assess candidates' understanding and adoption of these standards and provide candidates with the skills and knowledge to offer early intervention services. Eastern University will receive $16,304 to help develop a strong system-wide infrastructure that helps the regional early childhood workforce smoothly transition from a CDA to an associate’s to a bachelor’s degree. Articulation agreements between the university and five two-year institutions will also be developed. “The quality of Read more


O’Mara welcomes national lacrosse champions from Cabrini University to Capitol, presents citation

(Nov 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara welcomed Cabrini University’s men’s lacrosse team to the House chamber on Wednesday to present them with a citation commemorating their first Division III national championship. This is the first varsity sports team from Cabrini University to ever earn an NCAA title. The Cabrini University Cavaliers beat the Amherst College Mammoths 16-12 last May, earning them their national title. During the game, Cabrini University’s goalie Riley White had 11 saves and nine different Cavaliers scored goals. A student among them was Timmy Brooks, who returned to the field for the first time since recovering from his early-season injury and scored the game-winning goal. “I’m honored to recognize this extraordinary group of college athletes who show what hard work, passion and determination looks like,” O’Mara said. “I’m extremely proud that a Pennsylvania team earned an NCAA national title, but even more proud that they’re from the 165th Legislative District. Congratulations to the men’s lacrosse team on your national championship and for making history at Cabrini University.” Click here for photos of Rep. O’Mara and Gov. Wolf congratulating the Cabrini University Cavaliers. Read more


Putting our first responders first

(Oct 25, 2019)

The House is back in session! This week, I went to Harrisburg to work with fellow legislators to solve pertinent issues, including the budgetary challenges and workforce shortages facing our fire and EMS companies throughout the Commonwealth. Read more


O’Mara to host senior breakfast in Morton this week

(Oct 21, 2019)

MORTON, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara invites seniors of the 165th Legislative District to her annual senior breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 25, at Morton Borough Hall, 500 Highland Ave. O’Mara said that this free event is designed to connect with her constituents in a casual setting and provide them with a legislative update on what’s happening in Harrisburg. Attendees also will learn about state services available to older adults designed to help them lead the healthiest and most productive lives possible. Attendees also can register for a SEPTA Senior Key Pass. Readers who are unsure if they live in the 165th Legislative District can check at . ### Read more


Fitzpatrick Forms Joint Federal-State Task Force to Address Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment, Retention & Budget Crisis

(Oct 21, 2019)

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1), Member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, along with State Representative Frank Farry (R-142) and State Representative Jennifer O'Mara (D-165), Co-Chairs of the Pennsylvania House Fire and Emergency Services Caucus, launched a Joint Federal / State Task Force to address the immense budgetary and manpower challenges faced by volunteer Fire Companies in Bucks County and across Pennsylvania. Read more


Start Saving For Your Child’s Higher Education

(Oct 21, 2019)

With Pennsylvania ranking highest in the nation in student loan debt, Pa. state Rep. Jennifer O’Mara wants to help ensure your newborn’s financial future. Her office can help you open PA 529 account to help you save for your child’s post secondary education. If your child was born or due in 2019, you can get $100 just for signing up with a $15 minimum. Read more


10/16/19 – Student Loan Debt – Radnor

(Oct 18, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara. Read more


O’Mara, Policy Committee and Republican lawmakers examine student loan debt

(Oct 17, 2019)

RADNOR, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Wednesday at Cabrini University on the student debt crisis. O’Mara was joined by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers from throughout Pennsylvania, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Reps. Meghan Schroeder and Wendi Thomas, both R-Bucks. “Student loan debt is crushing Americans across the country, but most particularly right here in Pennsylvania. Our commonwealth ranks third highest in the nation for student loan debt, with our college graduates owing an average of about $37,000,” O’Mara said. “College graduates are carrying this debt for the majority of their lives, and its impacting not only their personal finances, but Pennsylvania’s economy as well,” Sturla said. “It’s forcing graduates to postpone major life decisions like getting married, having children and buying houses.” The committee heard testimony from college graduates; Ken Mash, president, Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties; Tom Foley, president, Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania; Nathan Hench, senior vice president for Strategy and Public Affairs, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency; Nick Smyth, assistant director for Financial Consumer Protection, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Read more


Pencils Out, Education is What I’m All About

(Oct 15, 2019)

As we’re falling into the early holiday season, I’m sure you’ve been keeping just as busy as I have these last two weeks. Read more


O’Mara to hold Policy hearing on student loan debt Wednesday in Radnor

(Oct 10, 2019)

RADNOR, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing next week on the student debt crisis. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Cabrini University’s Grace Hall Atrium, 610 King of Prussia Road. The media and public are invited to attend. O’Mara requested the hearing to discuss how the state legislature can relieve this financial burden that many Pennsylvanians carry and how it affects Pennsylvania’s economy. O’Mara will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Republican members of the House Student Debt Caucus. O’Mara is the founder of the bipartisan House Student Debt Caucus and serves on the Public Higher Education Commission. She also plans to introduce legislation that would create a student borrowers’ bill of rights. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Panel One: Rebecca Yacker , West Chester University graduate Shannon Bertoni , West Chester University graduate Ken Mash , president, Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties Tom Foley , president, Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania 10:40 a.m. Questions & Answers 11:00 a.m. Nathan Hench , senior vice Read more


O’Mara announces three upcoming community events

(Oct 07, 2019)

SPRINGFIELD, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara invites constituents to her upcoming, free community events next week. Events include a casual discussion of state-related matters while hiking along the Springfield trail, an interactive event about an invasive pest and an information session on Pennsylvania’s newest form of ID. From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 12 , meet O’Mara and Fourth Ward Commissioner Lisa Borowski for a casual, two-hour hike in Ithan Valley Park. O’Mara and Borowski will meet attendees at 625 Ithan Ave. in Radnor. This is an opportunity to voice your questions, concerns and opinions on state-related matters in an informal setting. From 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, join O’Mara and an expert from the Penn State Extension to learn everything you need to know about the spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest that is detrimental to Pennsylvania’s environment. This event will take place at the Springfield Township Building, 50 Powell Road in Springfield, and will cover how the spotted lanternfly is a threat to our environment and what steps are being taken to combat this damaging insect. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, O’Mara will explain what REAL ID is, how to obtain one and how her office can help you with the process. This informational event will take place at Morton Borough Hall, 500 Highland Ave. O’Mara encourages Read more


O’Mara invites constituents to Springfield Walk & Talk event this weekend

(Oct 02, 2019)

SPRINGFIELD, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara invites residents of the 165th District to casually discuss state-related matters this Saturday on the Springfield Trail. O’Mara encourages those interested to bring their questions, concerns and opinions regarding the state legislature, along with a good pair of walking shoes. The two-hour trek will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the C.C. Hancock Church parking lot, 542 Wesley Road in Springfield. O’Mara said this is an opportunity for constituents to discuss relevant affairs, new ideas, or ask about what the district office of the 165th District offers its residents. “This is a unique event because constituents can ensure their voices are heard, but it will be a very informal setting,” O’Mara said. “I’m looking forward to a great conversation while enjoying the beautiful autumn weather together as a community.” O’Mara will host another Walk & Talk this month in Radnor. More information on both Walk & Talk events can be found on O’Mara’s official Facebook events page. Read more