Rep. Jaret Gibbons' Biography
Rep. Gibbons and his family on swearing-in day for the 2015-2016 session.
Rep. Jaret Gibbons (D-10, Lawrence/Beaver/Butler)was first elected to the state legislature in 2007 at the age of 26. He is a native of Ellwood City, Lawrence County, where he graduated from Lincoln High School. He later earned his bachelor's degree in political science and business certificate from Duquesne University, graduating summa cum laude. Gibbons graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Comparative and International Law. During that time, he served as editor-in-chief of the legal journal the Pittsburgh Tax Review.
Gibbons' government and legal experiences prepared him to handle the task of representing the 10th Legislative District. His experience in state government began when he received an undergraduate fellowship award through the James A. Finnegan Foundation to work with the Pennsylvania Department of State's Bureau of Elections. He later interned in the district office of a state Senator in Allegheny County. While working his way through college, Gibbons gained local government experience working in the finance department of a large municipality in Allegheny County where he managed accounting projects for the municipal government. Prior to his election, Gibbons worked with multiple law firms throughout the greater Pittsburgh region in a variety of practice areas. He is a Pennsylvania licensed attorney and a member of both the Pennsylvania and Beaver County Bar Associations.
Gibbons is active with various local and statewide private and non-profit organizations in his local community and across the state. He is a member of the Ellwood City Sons of Italy Lodge 608, Ellwood City Wolves Club Den II, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 93, Ellwood City Historical Society, Civil Air Patrol (Major in the Legislative Wing), People Concerned for the Unborn Child (New Castle Chapter), Ellwood City Lodge No. 599 F. & A.M., National Rifle Association, Ellwood-Wampum Rod and Gun Club and Slippery Rock Sportsmen’s Club. Gibbons is a member of the Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church where he is a member of the Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Society. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership and the James A. Finnegan Foundation. He is also a member of the Operational Committee for the Pennsylvania Community Development Bank and has serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
Gibbons has focused his legislative efforts on economic development, property tax reform and education funding, and reforming state government. A top priority is rebuilding downtown communities in Western Pennsylvania that were hit hard by the collapse of steel manufacturing in 1980’s and continue to struggle to this day. His efforts have secured millions of dollars in state and federal investment to revitalize downtown business districts throughout the 10th legislative district. He has supported efforts to reduce or eliminate property taxes for senior citizens and working families while ensuring that our schools receive the funds necessary to provide our children with the education they need to succeed in the 21st century. Gibbons has pushed for legislation to increase accountability and save money for Pennsylvania taxpayers. He has introduced legislation to reduce the size of the legislature, enact term limits, permit recall of corrupt elected officials, and increase penalties for abuse of office and pay-to-play by public officials. In his first term, Gibbons helped to pass the current Open Records Law to make Pennsylvania government more accountable and in his own effort to enhance government transparency, he posts all of his legislative office expenses online. In 2014, he authored the law which provides whistleblower protection to legislative employees to encourage the reporting of illegal activity in the state legislature.
Gibbons resides in Franklin Township, Beaver County with his wife Jennifer, daughter Annabella, sons Preston and Jack, and their two bluetick coonhounds, Max and Lily. He is the son of Carol Gibbons and the late Ralph Gibbons, Jr. of Ellwood City.