Boosting job creation, reforming the tax code, strengthening educational opportunities and solving local issues are top priorities for Representative Jason Ortitay.
In the current legislative session, Jason serves on three House committees: Education, Environmental Resources and Energy, and Transportation. He also is the Republican chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Bridges under the Transportation Committee and Republican chairman of the Subcommittee for Special Education under the Education Committee.
A native of Avella, Washington County, Jason graduated from Avella High School in 2002 and then earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Robert Morris University in 2004. He earned his MBA at Stetson University in Florida in 2005 and then returned to southwestern Pennsylvania to begin his career.
As a member of the Legislature, Jason led the fight to stop Gov. Tom Wolf’s bridge tolling plan and spearheaded educational change, including a grant program to schools to improve safety and mental health programs, a catalog of online courses for K-12 students and teachers, and a structured literacy program.
Jason worked in the banking industry for more than four years and has also been active in supporting the community. In 2012, he founded Jason’s Cheesecake Company to aid local schools and other nonprofit organizations to raise money for their causes or functions.
Currently, Jason resides in Cecil Township, Washington County, with his wife, Amanda, and their daughter, Delaney.
The 46th Legislative District is made up of portions of Washington and Allegheny counties. In Washington County, the district includes Cecil, Chartiers, Mount Pleasant and North Strabane (Precincts 6, 7, 8 and 9) townships and the boroughs of Canonsburg, Houston and McDonald (in both Washington and Allegheny counties). In Allegheny County, the district includes South Fayette township and the borough of Oakdale.