Biography

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Senator Camera Bartolotta brings an entrepreneurial spirit and a wealth of real-world experience to her job representing residents of Beaver, Greene and Washington counties. A longtime resident of Monongahela, she was elected to her first term representing the 46th Senatorial District in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018.

During her time in the Senate, Camera has authored several new laws, including measures to help judges keep the most dangerous domestic violence offenders behind bars; relocate victims of domestic violence who live in public housing; protect Pennsylvania’s fresh water supplies by ensuring the safe use of treated mine water in oil and gas operations; authorize the operation of Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft in all 67 counties; and strengthen penalties for motorists who injure workers and emergency responders in construction zones. She also introduced a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution to limit the future growth in state government spending.

In the Senate, Camera’s committee assignments reflect the main concerns of the communities she represents, including the need for quality, family-sustaining jobs and smaller government. She currently serves as Chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, which is responsible for considering a wide range of issues pertaining to both employers and employees, including Worker’s Compensation, Unemployment Compensation, workplace safety, building codes and workforce development.

She also serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee, and as a member of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee; Senate Judiciary Committee; Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee; and Senate Transportation Committee.

Camera also co-chairs the Senate Gas and Oil Caucus, a bipartisan legislative body that focuses on issues impacting the gas and oil industry with the goal of promoting policies resulting in a positive future for constituents, the business community and state economy. She also co-founded the bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Caucus to focus on ways to help promote safer communities, reduce prison costs and ensure better outcomes for individuals who are part of the criminal justice system.

Prior to being elected to the Senate, she opened the first quick-lube business in the Mon Valley, Duke of Oil, which has been providing quality, affordable service since 1988. She also produced “La Dolce Vita,” a cooking show that aired on WPXI-TV and PCNC.

Camera is an active member of the community she has called home for more than three decades. She is involved with local chapters of the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She also serves on the Pittsburgh Film Office Board of Trustees. Camera is a member of the Saint Damien of Molokai Catholic Church.

Family is a great source of pride in Camera’s life and motivates her civic engagement. Her daughter, Devin, is an award-winning news reporter, producer and anchor in New Orleans. Her son, Dante, is a United States Marine.