Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.
Jo Ellen is a candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania. She is 4-term Lebanon County Commissioner who was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy. A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy. Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they have money to spend on homes, cars, and goods. Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe. In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools.
Jo Ellen serves as the chair of the MPO--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. She is the Boots on the Ground for local government.
As Governor of PA: I will serve you with Honesty. I will serve you with Integrity. I will serve you with Transparency. Thank you for investing in my vision. Jo Ellen Litz for Governor of PA **************************************
People Above Politics Taking Action, Getting Results. Qualified - Experienced - Informed *From a rural county in south-central PA *A Remarkable Democrat & Leader *A Tireless Public Servant who brings a working knowledge of local government to the table. *A Successful Business Woman *An Active Community Volunteer
Born & raised in Lebanon County, a small rural community in south-central Pennsylvania;
Jo Ellen & her husband of 43 years, Jon "Rick," have two grown children and two grandchildren.
Jo Ellen believes in putting people above politics.
She is a leader who understands that hard work and character serve as the foundation for working families. As a successful businesswoman, she owned Lebanon Body Shop, is the current owner of Litz Company commercial rentals, and a former substitute teacher. Jo Ellen knows how hard our families work to build a strong future for our children and our community.
She has a deeply rooted loyalty to the land, agriculture, and water related issues, and serves as president of the Swatara Watershed Association. She grew up learning how to turn obstacles into opportunities.
She has the ability, time, volunteer resources, & a broad-based bi-partisan coalition behind her.
She Run and Won--In 1995, she won her first bid for Lebanon County Commissioner, and was re-elected in 2003, 2007, and 2011. She serves on the Prison board, Election board, chairs the Metropolitan Planning Organization board responsible for Transportation Planning, and the board of Cedar Haven, and chaired the Assessment board during her first term as Commissioner. Adding to her breadth and depth of experience, she also served on the boards of Lebanon Transit, Children and Youth, the Conservation District, Emergency Management, GIS, Management Information Systems, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Long Term Disaster Recovery, MHID, MIS, Renova Center, Planning, The South Central Employment Corporation, Tourist Promotion Agency, the Drug and Alcohol Commission, Lebanon Women’s Commission, the Chamber of Commerce, LV Economic Development Corporation, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and United Way; and worked with volunteers, House Representatives, Senators, and Governors on business development and preservation of farmland, Swatara State Park, Rails-to-Trails, the Union Canal and Governor Dick.
A graduate of both Lebanon Valley College and Kennedy Western University, when it comes to technology, she earned a reputation as one of the hardest working, most knowledgeable members of the commissioners by developing the first web site that keeps both employees and the public informed of County business--on topics ranging from droughts to foster parents- http://www.JoEllenLitz.com . In 2009, YouTube videos were added to the meeting highlights. She also earned a reputation as a commissioner who could be counted on to tirelessly serve the working people of this community. In summary, her experience as a county commissioner is invaluable. Litz Takes Action, and Gets Results.
As an active community volunteer, tireless public servant, and successful businesswoman, for her leadership and diligent work in the community, small business, and the environment, she was:
Honored as the Conservationist of the Year from the Lebanon County Conservation District
Received the Woman of Influence award from Central Penn Business Journal.
Named a PA Ambassador by Team Pennsylvania,
Chosen as both Woman of the Year and Outstanding Business Woman by the LV American Business Women’s Association,
Presented with the Athena Award by the Chamber of Commerce and Oldsmobile,
Recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council,
Awarded national honors by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and
Given the Anna Estes Strawbridge award by the PA League of Women Voters. As a remarkable Democrat and leader, she received the Democrat of the Year award.
Lebanon Valley College honored her with a feature article in the President’s Report, in part reflecting the fact that Jo Ellen has given of her time and energy to preserving our land and water.
Upon completion of the Academy of Excellence in County Government, former Governor Tom Ridge recognized Jo Ellen Litz’s leadership on behalf of the people of Lebanon County. In 2006, Litz completed Advanced Academy Certification. In 2007-08, Litz was appointed to chair the Academy for Excellence in County Government Advisory Board. The Board's responsibility is to establish and review the academy's curriculum, faculty, administration, and marketing in regard to meeting the educational needs of the greater CCAP membership.
Litz also serves on CCAP's Energy, Environment and Land Use Committee as well as on the board of DEP's Storage Tank Advisory Committee and Low Level Radioactive Waste Advisory board. In March 2008, Governor Rendell appointed her to the State Conservation Program on farmland preservation. In 2009, Litz was elected to serve as CCAPs 2nd VP; and in 2010 as 1st VP. Litz served as CCAPs 2012 president, and is currently the Chairman of the Board.
Jo Ellen also served as a peer-to-peer presenter for the National Association of Counties.
She was a speaker at the dedication of the new Veteran’s Memorial at Fort Indiantown Gap; at the kickoff of Watershed Awareness month in the State Capital; and at Watershed Conferences, training sessions, and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.