People Above Politics

Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

I've been here for you.

Litz 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 can buy 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 served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

Keep Litz doing the People's Business.


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Invest in my campaign for commissioner.  As a TEAM, we can overcome Big Money, and make this a People's Campaign.  Are you with me?

Each of us is at a different place in our life.  Some people can volunteer time.  Other people can provide financial support--$5, $50, or $500 a month.  Whatever your situation, your contribution of time and or money is gratefully appreciated.   

Your early and/or monthly donation will help Jo Ellen to get elected by printing literature, reserving media buys, ordering signsÖ.  

Thank you for your help and support during this campaign.  Your unwavering commitment is the wind beneath my wings.

On election day, every vote matters.  You matter!  And I can't win this race without you.


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Honorary Chair:     Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll --a woman who broke the glass ceiling and contributed greatly to PA politics; born in 1930, died November 12, 2008.

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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 46 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 has Run and Won--In 1995, she won her first bid for Lebanon County Commissioner,  and was re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015. She serves on the Prison board, Election board, chaired the Metropolitan Planning Organization board responsible for Transportation Planning, and served on the board of Cedar Haven, as well as chairs the Assessment board.  Adding to her breadth and depth of experience, she also served on the boards of  the Area Agency on Aging, Lebanon Transit, Children and Youth, the Conservation District,  Emergency Management, GIS, Management Information Systems, Penn State Extension, Long Term Disaster Recovery, MHIDEI, MIS now IT, Renova Center, Planning, The South Central Employment Corporation, Tourist Promotion Agency, the Drug and Alcohol Commission, Lebanon Womenís Commission, the Chamber of Commerce, LV Economic Development Corporation, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, United Way, and Veterans Affairs; 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- . 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:

bullet Honored as the Conservationist of the Year from the Lebanon County Conservation District
bullet 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 Womenís 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.

Also, the PA Federation of Democratic Women awarded Jo Ellen the Outstanding Woman in Government for her District.

She also received honors as 1st runner-up in the 2013 Ms Senior PA Pageant.


Lebanon Valley College honored her with a feature article in the Presidentís 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 Litzís 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, and previously served 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 in 2013 as 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 Veteranís Memorial at Fort Indiantown Gap; at the kickoff of Watershed Awareness month in the State Capital; QCommons, and at Watershed Conferences, training sessions, and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.

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