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Panel Topics, Moderators, Panelists Announced for 2017 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

(Harrisburg, PA) – The 2017 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference will 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

The conference will be held March 31 and April 1, 2017 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), PA.  Nationally syndicated Columnist Ben Shapiro, editor of the Daily Wire, and Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai will speak at the conference dinner.  Other featured speakers include State Senator Scott Wagner; Peter Schweizer, author and President of the Government Accountability Institute, and CNN Commentator Jeff Lord.  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.

Registration for the conference is now open at www.paleadershipconference.org  Enter promo code EarlyBird to receive an early registration discount.

Here is a complete list of panels, moderators and this year’s panelists:

Draining the Susquehanna Swamp

Moderator:    Brittney Parker, State Policy Network

Panelists:      Matthew Brouillette, Commonwealth Partners

Leo Knepper, Citizens Alliance of PA

Beth Anne Mumford, Americans for Prosperity

Policies that Work 

Moderator:              Charles Mitchell, Commonwealth Foundation          

Panelists:                  Otto Banks, REACH Alliance

                                    Hon. Stephen Bloom, State Representative

                                    David McCorkle, PA Food Merchants Association

                                    Hon. Kathy Rapp, State Representative

And Justice for All

Moderator:              Kevin Shivers, NFIB-PA   

Panelists:                  Curt Schroder, Coalition for Civil Justice Reform      

                                    Carl Marrara, PA Manufacturers Association

                                    John Wetzel, PA Secretary of Corrections

                                    TBA

                                   

Communicating the Conservative Message

Moderator:              Lenny McAllister, Political Commentator

Panelists:                  Ken Matthews, WHP Talk Radio

                                    Colin McNickle, Allegheny Institute

                                    Rose Tennent, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host

                                    TBA

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PA House Speaker Mike Turzai to address 2017 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

(Harrisburg, PA) – The Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Mike Turzai will address the 2017 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference during the event’s Liberty Dinner on Friday, March 31st.  Nationally known columnist and social media commentator Ben Shapiro will also be a featured speaker at the dinner.

The conference will be held March 31 and April 1, 2017 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), PA.   Peter Schweizer, author and President of the Government Accountability Institute, CNN Commentator Jeff Lord, and State Senator Scott Wagner will be featured speakers.  Additional speakers and topics for this year’s panel presentations and 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.

Registration for the conference is now open at www.paleadershipconference.org  Enter promo code EarlyBird to receive an early registration discount.

Mike Turzai was unanimously elected Speaker of the House on January 6, 2015 by his House Colleagues; he is now in his eighth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Winning a special election in 2001 for a seat in the 28th Legislative District, Mike represents communities in the North Hills of Allegheny County.

Born in Sewickley and raised in Moon Township, Mike developed his tenacity and strong work ethic from his parents and family. After graduating from Our Lady of Sacred Heart High School in 1977, Mike earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame before earning his Juris Doctor from Duke University in 1987.

As a legislator, Mike has pushed hard to control government spending in order to reduce taxes on families and business. He quickly focused his efforts on helping hard-working families, making Pennsylvania more competitive for private-sector job creators and cutting government waste, fraud and abuse.

Working to attract new business to the Commonwealth and help employers expand their operations to improve job creation and career opportunities, Mike continues to spearhead efforts to lower the cost of doing business in Pennsylvania.

As a result of his leadership, Mike was twice elected by his peers to serve as Majority Leader for the House Republican Caucus. He was the floor leader from 2011 to 2014.

During the 2011-12 Legislative Session he was instrumental in passing the Fair Share Act, an important lawsuit abuse reform measure. During that session and the most recent 2013-14 Legislative Session, Mike also lead efforts to provide real business tax relief and advocated for fair and balanced workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation systems.

Well known for his efforts to get Pennsylvania out of the business of selling wine and spirits, Mike led the historic passage of House Bill 790, the first measure in the history of Pennsylvania to remove the monopoly and create a free market so consumers could enjoy choices and conveniences of the 21st century.

A relentless champion for expanding parental choice and helping children receive a 21st century education, Mike led efforts to team up with Pennsylvania’s business community to develop and implement a $50 million Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit which targets children trapped in the Commonwealth’s most underperforming public schools.

In his four years as House Majority Leader, he led efforts that doubled the Educational Improvement Tax Credit from $50 million to $100 million dollars, dramatically expanding educational options for families across the Commonwealth.

Mike, his wife, Lidia, and their three sons, Andrew, Stephen and Matthew, live in Marshall Township, Allegheny County, and are involved in many community activities.

Registration for the conference is now open at www.paleadershipconference.org  Enter promo code EarlyBird to receive an early registration discount. 

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State Senator Scott Wagner to Speak at 2017 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

(Harrisburg, PA) – State Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) the first announced candidate for the 2018 Republican Nomination for Governor of Pennsylvania will be the kick-off speaker at the 2017 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference. The conference will 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 31stPeter Schweizer, author and President of the Government Accountability Institute and CNN Commentator Jeff Lord will be featured speakers.  Additional speakers and topics for this year’s panel presentations and 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.

Registration for the conference is now open at www.paleadershipconference.org  Enter promo code EarlyBird to receive an early registration discount.

Senator Scott Wagner was first elected to the State Senate in March 2014, winning a special election to represent the citizens of the 28th Senatorial District, which includes part of York County. In November 2014, voters elected him to a full, four-year term.

Born and raised on a farm in York Township, Wagner is a lifelong resident of York County. A graduate of Dallastown Area High School, he started his first small business at age 20 and has since worked with and led numerous businesses, helping them to improve their operations and create economic opportunity.

Wagner is currently President and Owner of York-based Penn Waste, Inc. and KBS Trucking in Thomasville, Pennsylvania.

As a small business owner, Wagner supports policies and programs that help to create jobs, limit government spending and ease the tax and regulatory burden on job-creators. A strong advocate for government reform, he will work to make state government accessible and accountable to the people he serves.

His top priorities as a member of the Senate include bringing fiscal responsibility to state government, controlling property taxes, helping to spur economic growth and protecting and defending constitutional freedoms.

Setting an example for others to follow, Wagner will not accept a government pension or per diems and will work to keep costs down to save taxpayer dollars.

Wagner serves as Chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, is Vice Chairman of the Labor and Industry Committee, and sits on the influential Appropriations Committee. He also serves on the following committees: Intergovernmental Operations, Transportation, and Majority Policy.

Wagner is active in the York non-profit community and has served in organizations promoting entrepreneurship and leadership development. He is a past recipient of the South Central PA, Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Distinguished Service Award.

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