(Harrisburg, PA) - U.S. Representatives Lou Barletta, Scott Perry and Keith Rothfus will speak at the 2017 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference to be held March 31 and April 1, 2017 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), PA.
Columnist and social media commentator Ben Shapiro will be the featured speaker at the conference dinner on Friday, March 31st. The congressmen will join Peter Schweizer, author and President of the Government Accountability Institute, CNN Commentator Jeff Lord, State Senator Scott Wagner, Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai, Tea Party Patriots leader Jenny Beth Martin and Andy Schlafly of the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles in addressing the conference.
The 2017 Pennsylvania Leadership Conferencewill feature four interactive panel presentations including: Draining the Susquehanna Swamp moderated by Brittney Parker of the State Policy Network, Policies That Work moderated by Charles Mitchell of the Commonwealth Foundation; And Justice for All moderated by Kevin Shivers from the National Federation of Independent Business-PA; And, Communicating the Conservative Message moderated by political commentator Lenny McAllister.
Additional speakers and topics for this year's workshops will be announced over the coming weeks.
The Pennsylvania Leadership Conference is the premiere gathering of public policy conservatives each year in the Keystone State. It is the largest and longest-running of the state-based conservative conferences regularly attracting a long list of conservative elected officials, scholars, journalists and activists for two days of speeches, panel presentations, workshops and networking.
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Louis J. Barletta, U. S. Representative represents the people of Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District. He began his third term on January 6, 2015. Rep. Barletta was first sworn in on January 5, 2011.
Illegal immigration is a very important issue for Rep. Barletta, who first tackled the problem when he was mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He was the first mayor in the country to introduce and sign into law local ordinances cracking down against businesses that knowingly hire illegal aliens, and has since become a national figure in the fight against illegal immigration.
In January 2014, Rep. Barletta was named a member of a special panel of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to focus on the use of and opportunities for public-private partnerships (P3s) across all modes of transportation, economic development, public buildings, and infrastructure.
As a small business owner, Representative Barletta saw how government regulation and taxes could affect the bottom line. Even though he had very little interest in politics, he decided to run for a slot on Hazleton City Council. He was first elected to council in 1998, and then was elected mayor in 2000.
Despite inheriting a massive budget shortfall, he was able to turn around the City of Hazleton with tough, fiscally responsible decisions. This turnaround earned statewide praise and recognition.
In addition, his leadership on the issue of illegal immigration in Hazleton garnered national attention. By ever-increasing margins of victory, Representative Barletta was elected mayor three times.
Rep. Barletta and his wife Mary Grace live in Hazleton. They are the parents of four grown daughters: Kelly, April, Lindsey, and Grace, and have three grandchildren: Gabriel Louis, Madeleine Grace, Julia Mae, and Christopher Joseph.
Scott Perry is the United States Representative of the 4th Congressional District in 2013. Prior to that he served three terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He serves on the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Foreign Affairs, and Homeland Security.
Scott began his military career in 1980 when he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He attended basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and graduated Advanced Individual Training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, as a technical drafting specialist.
He graduated as the president of his Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery branch. He has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade levels; notably, Lieutenant Colonel Perry commanded the 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, which deployed to Iraq from 2009-2010, and during which Scott flew 44 combat missions. In 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel, and became Commander of the Fort Indiantown Gap National Training Site. Scott was selected for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General in 2014, and was honored to serve as the Assistant Division Commander of the 28th Infantry Division - the Army's oldest, actively serving Division. He presently serves in the position of Assistant Adjutant General, Joint Forces Headquarters, Pennsylvania National Guard. He is a graduate of the US Army War College with a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies.
Scott's service to the community has included serving as the chairman of the Carroll Township Planning Commission, and as a member of the township Source Water Protection Committee. He was chairman of the Dillsburg Area Wellhead Protection Advisory Committee and he served on the Dillsburg Revitalization Committee. He was active in the Jaycees and was the regional director for the state organization. He also is a member of Dillsburg Legion Post #26, Dillsburg VFW Post #6771, Lions Club International, Army Aviation Association of America, the NRA, and numerous other associations.
Scott and his wife Christy are the proud parents of two daughters.
Keith Rothfus is passionate about ensuring that America remains the land of opportunity and freedom that the Founders intended it to be. He was sworn in on January 3, 2015 and is serving his second term in the United States House of Representatives. As a member of the Financial Services Committee, Keith addresses issues concerning the banking system, housing, insurance, and securities markets. The committee also has jurisdiction over monetary policy, international finance, international monetary organizations, and efforts to combat terrorism financing.
The Committee oversees the Federal Reserve Board and individual reserve banks, the Treasury, the production and distribution of currency, and the Nation's Capital Markets.
Keith serves on the Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance. His Financial Services work enables him to promote policies for a competitive economy that will result in more jobs and better wages.
Keith represents Pennsylvania's Twelfth Congressional District, which includes all of Beaver County and portions of Allegheny, Cambria, Lawrence, Somerset, and Westmoreland Counties in Western Pennsylvania.
The Twelfth Congressional District is the home to diverse industries such as manufacturing, energy, financial services, education, and health care. Keith is fighting to reduce federal regulations and promote free enterprise so that the economy can grow at a healthier pace and create jobs.