Putting Your Family First
Putting Your Family First
Jaret Gibbons was born and raised in Ellwood City. His father Ralph was a union steelworker and his mother Carol a hair dresser who ran a salon in their family home. His father was diagnosed with cancer and passed away when Jaret was only 11 years old. Jaret’s mother worked hard to support her family and to make ends meet – she taught her children that with grit and determination they could succeed.
Jaret’s first job was delivering newspapers when he was 12 years old. He mowed grass at St. Agatha Church, clerked at T&M Hardware, and lifeguarded at the Ellwood City community swimming pool in the summers to help earn extra money for his family.
Jaret went on to attend college at Duquesne University, where he worked his way through school by tutoring elementary students, caring for handicapped children, tutoring at the campus writing center, interning with the Department of State in Harrisburg, and serving as a municipal finance project manager. Jaret graduated with a degree in Political Science and a certificate in Business Administration, graduating summa cum laude, and went on to pursue his dream of attending law school at the University of Pittsburgh. While attending law school at Pitt, he worked multiple jobs to help fund his education, serving as a research assistant and a law clerk.
Following his law school graduation in 2006, Jaret decided to return to his family home and fight to rebuild his hometown. He stood up to the political establishment to challenge a long-term incumbent legislator following the infamous “pay raise” scandal. A political outsider, Jaret was outspent but not outworked and he went on to win that race.
Jaret has focused his life and work on serving the people of his community. He is a public servant and an independent leader who puts people before politics. Jaret and his wife, Jennifer, live in Beaver County, with their children - Annabella, Preston, and Jack.
One of the legislature’s leading advocates on reform, Jaret Gibbons has refused pay raises and a state car. Jaret proposed legislation that would reduce the size of the legislature to just one chamber, saving taxpayers over $100 million every year in unneeded bureaucracy. He’s fought to enact term limits and to increase penalties for corrupt 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. The law he passed to provide whistleblower protection for legislative employees will save millions of dollars in wasted tax dollars.
Jaret Gibbons has worked hard to bring back jobs to Western Pennsylvania by encouraging the development of new industry and manufacturing jobs. Jaret’s work to bring the Shell ethane cracker plant to Beaver County will create 6,000 full-time construction jobs and 600 full-time permanent jobs – creating an estimated $6 billion economic impact on the region.
Jaret Gibbons has fought to revitalize Main Streets in Slippery Rock, Wampum, and Ellwood City and will work to bring new investments to New Brighton and Beaver Falls. Jaret has already secured over three million dollars in public and private investments to revitalize downtown business districts throughout the district.
A Lincoln High School graduate, Jaret Gibbons believes that every child should have the opportunity to succeed. From his work tutoring young children while in college to his commitment in Harrisburg to fund quality public schools, Jaret will always fight to make sure that our children receive the same high-quality education as children in wealthier areas. He voted against Gov. Corbett’s billion dollar budget cut to education. Earlier this year, Jaret worked across party lines voting to end the 9-month budget stalemate and pass a budget which increased funding for education and kept our schools open.
When a local family lost their loved one who was killed by a texting driver, Jaret Gibbons stood up for the family and wrote Daniel's Law, a bill that makes our roads safer and increases penalties for distracted driving accidents, in honor of Daniel Gallatin of Lawrence County.
Jaret is a strong Pro-Life Christian who supports the Second Amendment and has worked hard to preserve the outdoor lifestyle by restoring the Hereford Manor Dam. Jaret is a fiscal conservative who cut waste by requiring drug testing for welfare recipients and proposed eliminating the school property tax to provide more financial security to our working families and seniors living on fixed incomes. Jaret is fighting for us, because he is one of us.
930 Bridge Street
Ellwood City, PA 16117
317 7th Street
Ellwood City, PA 16117