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A little bit about me

Before I was elected to the State Legislature, and before serving two terms as Mayor of West Chester, I was a teacher. I like helping people, and so I have dedicated my life to public service. It is an honor and a pleasure serving the citizens of the 156th district.

Official Biography

Carolyn T. Comitta is the State Representative for the 156th Legislative District in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which includes the Borough of West Chester, East Goshen, Westtown, Thornbury, Birmingham, and parts of West Goshen Townships. She serves on the following PA House of Representatives Committees: Aging & Older Adult Services, Environmental Resources & Energy, and Appropriations. Carolyn has also been appointed to the PA Joint Legislative Air & Water Pollution Control & Conservation Committee. She was appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.

Formerly, Carolyn served two terms as the Mayor of West Chester, PA, and was a member of  Borough Council, the National League of Cities and PA Municipal League.  Through decades of participation in local, state, national and international organizations, Carolyn has gained a deep and broad knowledge of public policy and governance.

Carolyn is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Thomas Comitta Associates (TCA). In this capacity, Carolyn is an integral member of the TCA team, providing experienced leadership based in a strong commitment to the planning and design field, environmental sustainability, education, and public health.

Carolyn’s professional background is in education. She continues to serve as a mentor to students, and since 1992 has organized the attendance of over 2,500 local students at the annual Health and Environment Conference at the United Nations.

YOUR State Representative

Carolyn T. Comitta is the State Representative for the 156th Legislative District in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which includes the Borough of West Chester, East Goshen, Westtown, Thornbury, Birmingham, and parts of West Goshen Townships. She is currently seeking re-election on April 28.

Our mission Our vision

We need to work together today to tackle tough issues and create a better tomorrow.


A moderate, commonsense leader, Carolyn builds coalitions with politicians and community leaders to get things done. As a legislator, she works with both parties to affect change.

Commonsense Gun Reform

Carolyn is fighting to reduce gun violence through commonsense changes, including universal background checks. In addition to serving as a founding member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Carolyn is also a member of the Chester County chapter of Moms Demand Action, and works with Everytown and Chester County Gun Sense.


As Mayor of West Chester, Carolyn worked to revitalize the downtown area by cleaning up the borough, improving parking, and supporting local small business owners. Carolyn worked with community leaders to ensure West Chester continues to grow while preserving its historic resources and small town feel.


As a former educator, and as a mother, Carolyn has prepared hundreds of kids for college, and knows what they need to succeed. Carolyn fights to ensure our schools receive fair funding from pre-k to college. Every child should have access to pre-k, as well as affordable college so our children are not burdened with debt.


Carolyn is a longtime environmental champion. She sits on the Board of Directors for the World Information Transfer, an environmental NGO to the United Nations. Carolyn advocates drastic climate change prevention, so we have a healthy planet to pass on to future generations.


Carolyn is an independent voice in Harrisburg, a reformer who makes sure our tax dollars are spent wisely. Carolyn seeks to strengthen ethics laws by banning gifts to legislators, and even pledging to refuse her own pay if the legislature fails to pass a budget.

Registering to vote is easy!

  1. Visit PA Voter Services.
  2. Completely fill out the Voter Registration Application.
  3. Return your application through their website or by dropping it off or mailing it to Chester County Services by April 13.

Please note: April 13 is the last day to register before the April 28 election.
If you are not a U.S. citizen and a resident of Pennsylvania at least 30 days before the next election, you CANNOT register to vote. If you have any questions, please call 1.877.VOTESPA (1.877.868.3772).

Absentee and Main-In Ballots

Absentee and mail-in ballot applications for the April 28, 2020, primary election must be received by your county election office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

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My story

Since graduating from West Chester University, I’ve been committed to improving the lives of Chester County residents.

Carolyn's achievements


Emily’s List

Senator Tim Kearney

Senator Steve Santesario

Governor Tom Wolf

Senator Maria Collett

Chester County Young Democrats

2020 Senate Endorsement


2018 House Endorsement PennEnvironment is a statewide, citizen-based…

Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP)

PASNAP is a union of dedicated nurses and…

Conservation Voters of PA

Conservation Voters of PA is the statewide political…

Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association

The Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association represents over…

Pennsylvania Realtors® Political Action Committee

The Pennsylvania Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC) is the political…


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Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women

In 1927, the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women…

National Association of Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers is the largest…

SEIU Pennsylvania State Council

SEIU Pennsylvania State Council works to coordinate and unify…

CeaseFire Pennsylvania

CeaseFire Pennsylvania is a statewide organization working with mayors, police…

EMILY’s List

EMILY's List members are dedicated to building a…

Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties

APSCUF works on behalf of student and faculty…


FARMER is a political action committee (PAC) operated by…

Chester County (Pennsylvania) Democratic Committee

The Chester County (Pennsylvania) Democratic Committee believes in…

Clean Water Action PA

Clean Water Action's mission is to protect our environment,…

Human Rights Campaign

HRC works to improve the lives of LGBTQ…

Indivisible Chester County

Indivisible Chester County makes our voices known to…

Pennsylvania State Education Association

PSEA is a community of education professionals who…


AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing…

Represent PA

Represent PA helps progressive women claim their seat at…

Sierra Club

Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892,…

Equality PA

Equality PA is committed to the core principles…

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is a democratic organization governed…

Pennsylvania NOW

NOW chapters focus on six priority issues including reproductive…

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex…

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