U.S. Senate, Gubernatorial Forums at PLC 2018

Member Group : PA Leadership Conference


(Harrisburg, PA) – The 2018 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference will include a U.S. Senate candidate forum, and a gubernatorial candidate forum.  The U.S. Senate forum  including Congressman Lou Barletta and State Representative Jim Christiana will be moderated by nationally syndicated radio talk show host Rose Tenant; and the gubernatorial forum including attorney Laura Ellsworth, businessman Paul Mango and State Senator Scott Wagner will be moderated by Philadelphia talk show host Dom Giordano.

This year’s featured dinner speaker at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference will be Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner and a Fox News contributor.  Former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn now with Convention of States; Charlie Kirk, founder and executive director at Turning Point USA and Greg Wrightstone author of Inconvenient Facts will also speak. Mac Zimmerman, Vice President of Legislative Affairs at Americans for Prosperity and former Congressman Phil English, co-chairman of the government relations practice at Arent Fox will have a Conversation on Tax Reform; and Brianna Walden of the Charles Koch Institute will have a conversation on Safe Streets & Second Chances with John Koufos from Right on Crime.

The conference will include four interactive panel presentations including Protecting Freedom of Speech moderated by Michael Geer of the Pennsylvania Family Institute; When in the Course of Human Events (limited state constitutional convention, Convention of States) moderated by Leo Knepper from the Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania; Lessons in Reform (How Other States Did It) moderated by Lenny McAllister of the Commonwealth Foundation, and Pursuit of Happiness (Reform efforts including education, business climate, regulations & Welfare) moderated by State Representative Kristin Phillips-Hill.

This year’s Pennsylvania Leadership Conference will also feature four workshop sessions for attendees including How Do We Experience Change presented by Americans for Prosperity-PA and the Grassroots Leadership Academy; Influence of the Reformation on American Liberty presented by the Constitutional Organization of Liberty; Protecting Student Safety, Privacy and Constitutional Freedoms presented by the Pennsylvania Family Institute and Campaign Planning to Win presented by American Majority.

Additional speakers 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.

Here are details of the candidate forums:


U.S. Senate Forum  (Friday, April 6, 2018)

Moderator:     Rose Tenant, Nationally-syndicated Talk Show Host

Panelists:      Jeff Lord, American Spectator & Joe Watkins, MSNBC Commentator

Candidates:  Lou Barletta, Jim Christiana, Joseph Vodvarka (invited)


Gubernatorial Forum  (Saturday, April 7, 2018)

Moderator:     Dom Giordano, 1210 WPHT Talk Show Host

Panelists:      Michele Jansen, NewsTalk 103.7 & Colin McNickel, Allegheny Institute

Candidates:  Laura Ellsworth, Paul Mango, Scott Wagner


Registration for the conference is now open at www.paleadershipconference.org.