Tom O'Mara

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Tom O'Mara
Member of the New York Senate
from the 58th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Preceded by Timothy M. Kennedy
Member of the New York Senate
from the 53rd district
In office
January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2012
Preceded by George H. Winner, Jr.
Succeeded by David J. Valesky
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 137th district
In office
Preceded by George H. Winner, Jr.
Succeeded by Christopher Friend
Personal details
Born (1963-05-31) May 31, 1963 (age 54)[1]
Elmira, New York[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marilyn[2]
Children Three[2]
Residence Big Flats, New York[2]
Alma mater Catholic University of America
Syracuse University College of Law[2]
Profession lawyer, politician
Website Official website

Thomas F. "Tom" O'Mara (born May 31, 1963)[1] is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing New York's 58th Senate District. He previously represented the 53rd district, which included all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and a portion of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses).[2]

O'Mara was raised in Horseheads, New York. He received his bachelor's degree from Catholic University of America and later a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law. He worked as an Assistant District Attorney and County Attorney in Chemung County before becoming the Chemung County District Attorney.[2]

He was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 2004 and represented the 137th Assembly District, which comprised all of Chemung and Schuyler County and portions of Tioga County. He served three two-year terms in the Assembly.[2]

In 2010, O'Mara was elected to represent the 53rd District in the New York State Senate after surviving a strong primary challenge from fellow Assemblyman James Bacalles. He defeated Democrat Pamela Mackesey in the general election and took office in January 2011.

He is a member of the law firm Davidson & O'Mara in Elmira. He and his wife Marilyn have three children Thomas, Catherine and Caroline and reside in Big Flats, New York.[2]

Political Positions

In 2011, O'Mara voted against the Marriage Equality Act, which the Senate passed 33-29. roll call


  • Environmental Conservation(Chairman)
  • Senate Finance Committee
  • Agriculture
  • Banks
  • Codes
  • Energy and Telecommunications
  • Insurance
  • Investigations and Government Operations
  • Judiciary
  • Transportation
  • Legislative Commission on the Development of Rural Resources


  1. ^ a b c "Legislative Preview: Meet The New Members". The Capitol. Manhattan Media. January 6, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Thomas F. O'Mara: Biography". New York State Senate. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
George H. Winner, Jr.
New York State Assembly, 137th District
Succeeded by
Christopher Friend
New York State Senate
Preceded by
George H. Winner, Jr.
New York State Senate, 53rd District
Succeeded by
David J. Valesky
Preceded by
Timothy M. Kennedy
New York State Senate, 58th District
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Addabbo, Jr.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Elections