Carolyn Comitta

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Carolyn Comitta
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 156th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Dan Truitt
58th Mayor of West Chester, Pennsylvania
In office
January 4, 2010 – January 2, 2017
Preceded by Dick Yoder
Succeeded by Jordan Norley
Member of the
West Chester Borough Council
from the 5th Ward
In office
January 2, 2006 – January 4, 2010
Preceded by Barbara McIlvaine Smith
Succeeded by Tom Paxson
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Tom
Children Two
Residence West Chester, Pennsylvania
Alma mater West Chester University, Widener University
Occupation Politician, Educator, Financial officer

Carolyn Comitta is an American politician, educator and financial officer. She is a member of the Democratic Party, and is currently serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing the 156th District. Previously, Comitta was the first woman to serve as Mayor of West Chester, the seat of Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Early life and education[edit]

Comitta was born in Buffalo, New York, and her family moved to West Goshen when she was 2 years old, where she has lived ever since. Comitta received her BS in Education from West Chester University (then West Chester State College) in 1974, and her M.Ed. from Widener University in 1989.[1]

Professional career[edit]

From the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, Comitta worked in the Octorara Area School District as a special and gifted education curriculum specialist and teacher. Since 1988, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of World Information Transfer, Inc., a non-profit, non-governmental educational organization focused on health- and environment-related issues.[1]

She currently serves as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of her husband's firm, Thomas Comitta Associates, Town Planners and Landscape Architects.[1]

Political career[edit]

Mayor of West Chester[edit]

Comitta speaking at West Chester University

Comitta was first elected to the West Chester Borough Council in 2005, taking-over the Fifth Ward seat vacated by incumbent Democratic Councilwoman Barbara McIlvaine Smith. While on Council, she served as chair of the Borough Council's Public Safety Committee, and also chaired the Planning Zoning, Business & Industrial Development Committee. She also served as a member of the Parks, Recreation and Environmental Protection Committee, as well as the Finance Committee.[1]

She sought the office of Borough Mayor in 2009, and defeated Councilman Bill Scott in the Democratic primary. She was elected unopposed in the fall general election, and took office the following January. In succeeding the term-limited incumbent Mayor, Republican Dick Yoder,[2] Comitta became West Chester's first ever female Mayor, and its first Democratic Mayor since 1992.[3]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]

On January 7, 2016, Comitta announced her intent to run for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 156th District, challenging incumbent Dan Truitt.[4] After a lengthy recount, she was declared the winner over Truitt by 25 votes on December 16, 2016.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Comitta and her husband, Tom, have two grown children.[1] Tom Comitta is a Planner and Landscape Architect.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Government Information: Mayor". Official Biography of the Mayor. The Borough of West Chester. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ Kristie, Dan (11 January 2010). "For Yoder, being mayor was 'a thrill'". The Daily Local News. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ Showalter, Connor (January 5, 2010). "Comitta becomes borough's 1st female mayor". The Daily Local News. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
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  6. ^ Rybczynski, Witold. Last Harvest: How a Cornfield Became New Daleville. New York: Scribner. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-7432-3596-9. 

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