The people of Pennsylvania's 166th Legislative District first elected Greg Vitali to the House of Representatives in 1992. The first Democrat to win this seat, Vitali was re-elected to his 12th term in 2014.
Vitali is Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. His focus in the legislature has been on climate and energy issues.
Vitali currently serves on the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board, a 20-member body that evaluates and adopts all Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection regulations and reviews changes to the state's air quality standards plan.
Vitali has received the following environmental awards:
•2014 Clean Water Action Environmantal Leadership Award
•2009 PennFuture Green Power Hero
•2008 PennEnvironment Environmental Champ
•2002 PennFuture Green Power Policymaker Award
•2000 Pennsylvania League of Conservation Voters' Hero Award
•1997 Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter State Legislator of the Year
•1995 Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation's Conservation Legislator of the Year
During his tenure in the legislature, Vitali has consistently been at the cutting edge of governmental reform issues.
In 2007, he was appointed to the Speaker's Commission on Legislative Reform. In 1996, Vitali received the Common Cause of Pennsylvania Champion of Good Government Award.
In his home district, Vitali was instrumental in Haverford Township's acquisition of the 209-acre Haverford State Hospital site and the preservation of large portions of that site for recreation and open space. He also secured state funding for the planning and construction of an indoor recreational facility there.
Vitali was born and raised in Haverford Township, Delaware County. He attended Sacred Heart Grade School and St. Joseph's College Preparatory School. In 1978, he graduated cum laude from Villanova with a bachelor's degree in economics. Vitali earned his law degree from Villanova in 1981, and then opened his own law practice in Havertown where he worked for the next 11 years before his election to the state House. Vitali was a member of the adjunct faculty at Villanova University from 2000 to 2005.