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PA House Speaker Mike Turzai to address 2017 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

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(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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CNN Commentator Jeff Lord to Speak at 2017 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

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(Harrisburg, PA) – Jeff Lord, CNN commentator and columnist for the American Spectator will speak 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.   A former Associate Political Director in the Reagan White House, Jeff is author of the book What American Needs: The Case for Trump.

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 will be a featured speaker.  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.

Jeffrey Lord is a former Associate Political Director in the Reagan White House, as well as an aide to Secretary Jack Kemp at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Lord began his political career as a staff member to Senate Republican Leaders Richard C. Frame and Henry G. Hager. After an unsuccessful run for the state legislature in 1976, Lord went to Washington where he served as the press secretary, legislative director and House Budget Committee staff member for Pennsylvania US Congressman Bud Shuster, followed by two years as executive assistant to US Senator John Heinz (R-PA) and chief of staff to national Reagan-Bush campaign co-chair Drew Lewis, Reagan’s Secretary of Transportation.

Now a columnist and contributing editor at The American Spectator, Lord is also a columnist at Conservative Review and NewsBusters. A CNN commentator, he is the author of What America Needs: The Case for Trump and The Borking Rebellion, the story of a U.S. Senate judicial confirmation battle.  Borking was favorably reviewed in The Wall Street Journal. His writing work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Times, National Review Online, and The Weekly Standard. He has appeared on some 100 radio talk shows across America, including Sean Hannity and Mark Levin. His work has been cited on-air by radio host Rush Limbaugh. He lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

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Peter Schweizer to Speak at 2017 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

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(Harrisburg, PA) – Peter Schweizer, President of the Government Accountability Institute and the author of four New York Times bestselling books including Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, will speak to 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 31st.  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.

Peter Schweizer is the President of http://www.g-a-i.org">Government Accountability Institute and the author of four New York Times bestselling books.

From 2008-9, Peter was a consultant to the Office of Presidential Speechwriting in the White House. He has also served as a member of the Terrorism Study Group at the U.S. government’s Sandia National Laboratory and is a former consultant to NBC News.

His books have been translated into eleven languages and include four New York Times or Washington Post bestsellers.

Peter’s recent book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich (HarperCollins, 2015) featured original reporting that was the basis for independent investigations by the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News and other mainstream news outlets. A documentary film based on Clinton Cash is slated for release in July 2016.

He is also the author of the book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets (Houghton Mifflin, 2013). Both Extortion and his previous book, Throw Them All Out (Houghton Mifflin, 2011), were New York Times bestsellers and were featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes.

His other nonfiction books include Reagan’s War (Doubleday, 2002), which the Washington Post praised as “A fascinating, well-written, useful and important look at one of the three or four most important American political leaders of the 20th century. No serious assessment of the 40th president of the United States can ignore the central importance of anti-communism in his career; after Schweizer none will.” The Los Angeles Times called it “a rousing and compelling case that Reagan’s personal and political odyssey…was central to bringing down the ‘evil empire.” He is also the co-author of The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty (Doubleday, 2004), which the New York Times called “Fascinating…Provides illuminating insights into the internal dynamics of the Bush family dynasty.” The New York Post declared “If you want to know as fully as can be told the story of how the Bushes rose from Midwestern obscurity to equal the records of families like the Roosevelts, the Kennedys, and the Adamses—this is the book.”

Other nonfiction works include Architects of Ruin (Harper, 2009) Victory (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1994) , Do As I Say (Not As I Do) (Doubleday, 2005) and Makers and Takers (Doubleday, 2008).

His academic books include Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement (Texas A&M University Press, 2006), The Reagan Presidency: Assessing the Man and His Legacy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), and The Fall Of The Wall: Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War (Hoover Institution Press, 2000). He was also a contributor to Living in the Eighties (Oxford University Press, 2008)

His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Review, Politico, New York Post, USA Today, and elsewhere. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and is the Senior Editor-at-Large for Breitbart News.

Peter received his M.Phil. from Oxford University and his B.A. from George Washington University. He lives in Florida with his wife, Rhonda, and his children.

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State Senator Scott Wagner to Speak at 2017 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

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(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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