Candidates for State Assembly Representative, Districts 163 & 166
Mike Zabel: Elected to the PA State Assembly District 163 in 2018, Zabel is an active member on the Commerce Committee and Judiciary Committee, among others. He is also active in the Climate Caucus, the LGBTQ Caucus, the Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Caucus, and the PA SAFE Caucus. Mike grew up in Havertown and attended St. Denis School and St. Joseph’s Prep. He has a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA., and a Master’s degree in classics from Indiana University in Bloomington. He taught Greek and Latin at the middle school, high school, and college levels for seven years before attending Temple Law School. Mike graduated in the top 10 percent of his law school class and was elected to be the class graduation speaker.
Formerly an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, he is currently an attorney in private practice. Mike, his wife, Lauren, and their two children live in Drexel Hill.
Greg Vitali: As state assemblyman from the 166th legislative district since 1992, Vitali is best known as an uncompromising advocate for environmental protection, particularly in relation to the effects of natural gas drilling in PA. Vitali, age 63, was born in Havertown, graduated from Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School in 1974, earned a B.S. in Economics from Villanova University in 1978, and a Villanova law degree in 1981. As a state legislator, Vitali has supported a severance tax on natural gas drilling in PA. but opposed 2017’s (failed) tax proposal because it limited the state’s ability to regulate the natural gas industry. He has proposed legislation to prohibit further leasing of state forest land for drilling and called for full restoration of budget cuts to the PA. Department of Environmental Protection.