About Thomas F. O'Mara
Republican, Conservative, Independence Party Republican, Conservative, Independence Party
Thomas F. O'Mara was first elected to the New York State Senate on November 2, 2010.
The 58th Senate District covers all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and a portion of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses).
[In the photo above, Senator O'Mara takes his inaugural Oath of Office in the historic Senate chamber on Tuesday, January 5, 2011. The senator’s wife, Marilyn, holds the Bible and they're joined by their three children (from front to back), Catherine, Thomas, and Caroline. The oath was administered by New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.]
Senator O'Mara currently serves as the ranking Senate Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and and as a member on the Senate Standing Committees on Banks, Codes, Environmental Conservation, and Transportation. He is also the Senate Republican representative on the Legislature's Administrative Regulations Review Commission.
From 2015 to 2019, Senator O'Mara served as Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation and as Vice-Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. In addition to his chairmanships, the senator also served as a member on the following eight Senate committees: Agriculture; Banks; Codes; Energy; Finance; Insurance; Investigations and Government Operations; and Judiciary. He also served as a member of the following Senate Task Forces: Heroin and Opioid Addiction; Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases; and Workforce Development.
Prior to his Senate election, he represented the 137th Assembly District. He was first elected to the Assembly in 2004 and represented Chemung and Schuyler counties as well as part of Tioga County for three consecutive, two-year terms. He was named Assistant Minority Leader Pro Tempore for the 2010 legislative session, the third-highest ranking position in the Assembly Republican legislative conference. In addition to his leadership role, he also served as a member of the Assembly Committees on Ways and Means, Energy, Banks, Ethics and Guidance, Judiciary and Tourism. As the ranking member on the Assembly Energy Committee, he worked to provide lower cost, more competitively priced energy for residents and businesses in New York State, while encouraging conservation efforts and fostering the use of renewable and clean energy.
Senator O'Mara has stood as a strong voice in Albany on behalf of his constituents in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. He has been outspoken in opposition to out-of-control spending in Albany and a strong advocate for cutting waste in government, particularly in the state's $60-billion-plus system of Medicaid where he has championed better ways to manage care, improve disease management and utilize cutting-edge data mining technology to potentially save billions of taxpayer dollars that are being lost to waste, fraud and abuse.
Throughout his public service, Senator O’Mara has been guided by a long-held belief: Government does not create jobs, business does. That's why he’s focused on developing public policies and strategies that allow state government to improve the economic climate for doing business in New York by opposing tax increases, reducing state spending, and cutting overregulation and oppressive property taxes.
In the Senate he has been at the forefront of efforts to revitalize Upstate New York's manufacturing sector.
A former Chemung County District Attorney, Senator O’Mara has also served as Chemung County Attorney and as an Assistant District Attorney in both Manhattan and Chemung County. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the Syracuse University College of Law and a B.A. from the Catholic University of America, and is presently a member of the Barclay Damon LLP law firm in its Elmira office (formerly the Davidson & O’Mara, PC law firm).
Active in his community, Senator O'Mara is counsel to the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency. His focus remains on improving the business climate in New York State and fostering economic growth throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. He is a member of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, and has been a member of the Southern Tier Economic Growth Board of Directors and Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development. He is a former Director and Secretary of St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, a Trustee of the Horseheads Free Library, and a Board Member of the Wings of Eagles (formerly National Warplane Museum). He was the 2001/2002 Chairman of the American Red Cross Chemung/Schuyler Chapter and a Director there for seven years. He was a member of the New York State Judicial Screening Committee for Chemung County and a member of Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli’s Southern Tier Organization to Reform Medicaid (STORM).
An avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, camping, skiing, and snowmobiling, Senator O’Mara is a member St. Mary Our Mother Parish in Horseheads, the Sons of the American Legion, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE), as well as the Farm Bureau of New York/Chemung County, Ancient Order of Hibernians- Elmira, and Montour Falls Moose.
Senator O'Mara is a native of Chemung County, born and raised in Horseheads. He currently resides in Big Flats with his wife Marilyn and their three children.