Michael DiNofa ’18 gets unexpected visit from Congressman Fitzpatrick
Public speaking can prove stressful enough under normal circumstances, but when you are presenting on public policy and the enactor of that policy unexpectedly walks in the room, it could become an even more nerve-wracking experience.
This was the case for Holy Ghost Prep senior Michael DiNofa, who was presenting in Tom Murtaugh’s economics and political science elective course on Jan. 25 about the recently passed tax cut legislation that was signed into law in December 2017.
DiNofa was in the midst of explaining the tax cut legislation and its economic impacts when HGP principal Jeff Danilak walked in with U.S. representative Brian Fitzpatrick, who voted in favor of the law. DiNofa continued, without missing a beat, and the congressman thought he did so well that he invited the Holy Ghost senior to apply for a job in Washington.
For the remainder of the class period, Rep. Fitzpatrick further explained the tax law, took questions from Holy Ghost Prep students on a range of issues, and told stories about his career, including his experience as a freshmen member of Congress and his previous experience in the FBI. His main message to the students was the need for greater bipartisan cooperation in Washington, D.C. and some of the efforts he has made in that regard through his participation in the Problem Solvers Caucus in the House or Representatives comprised of both Democrats and Republicans.
Fitzpatrick, a Levittown native, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016 to serve Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional district. Fitzpatrick—a certified CPA, attorney, and registered EMT—began his public service as an FBI special agent where his focus was fighting political corruption and supporting global counter-terrorism efforts. As an FBI agent, Fitzpatrick served our country in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the largest of several active fronts in the War on Terror. He also served as the National Director for the FBI’s Campaign Finance and Election Crimes Enforcement program, and as a national supervisor for the FBI's Political Corruption Unit.
Fitzpatrick was joined by Connor DeFilippis a 2013 HGP alum who recently graduated from Villanova University and currently works in Fitzpatrick’s congressional office.