Christine Toretti

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Christine Toretti
Dr. Parmis Khatibi & Chairwoman of Women's Lead PAC Christine Toretti .jpg
Toretti, center, in 2014
United States Ambassador to Malta
Assuming office
President Donald Trump
Succeeding G. Kathleen Hill
Member of the
Republican National Committee
from Pennsylvania
Assumed office
August 21, 1997
Serving with Bob Asher
Preceded by Anne Anstine
Personal details
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lute Olson (divorced)
Profession Businesswoman
*Pending Senate confirmation

Christine Jack Toretti is a businesswoman, philanthropist, 2016 U.S. presidential Elector and Republican National Committee member from Indiana, Pennsylvania.

On May 18, 2018 she was nominated by President Donald Trump to become the United States Ambassador to Malta.[1]

S.W. Jack Drilling Co.[edit]

Toretti is the Chairman and CEO of S.W. Jack Drilling Co., the largest privately held land-based drilling company in the United States.[2] As of 2005, it is the nineteenth largest contract drilling company in terms of total footage drilled.[3] The company, founded in 1918 by Toretti's grandfather, is headquartered in Indiana, Pennsylvania and has regional offices in Buckhannon and Charleston, West Virginia.[4][5] The S.W. Jack Company supports oil and gas exploration in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia and New York.[5]

She assumed control of the company upon the unexpected death of her father, Samuel W. Jack Jr., in 1990.[6][7] Prior to that, she served as CFO.[7] She is noted as a rare female CEO in the male-dominated energy industry.[8] The company had 92 employees and $5 million in annual revenue in 1990.[4] In 1995, Toretti expanded the company significantly when she led the purchase and merger with another drilling company. She relinquished day-to-day operations in 1997.[4] The company currently has 350 employees and $60 million in annual revenue.[4]

From 2004-2010, S.W. Jack Drilling donated more than $150,000[9] to then Pennsylvania governor, Tom Corbett.

Political activities[edit]

Toretti founded the Anne Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series, a training program specifically designed to educate, empower and advance Republican women.[10]

Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge appointed her to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in 1995, where she helped reorganize the organization's investments in higher education.[10][11] Former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker appointed her to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. President George W. Bush appointed her to the Rural Telephone Bank, the National Petroleum Council and to the Advisory Board for the U.S. Secretary of Energy[10]

She was elected RNC National Committeewoman from Pennsylvania on August 21, 1997[11] She served on the RNC Committee on Arrangements for the 2000 Republican National Convention. She was a key player in Bush's 2000 election, when she was one of the first Pennsylvania Republicans to endorse the then-Texas Governor.[12] The Pennsylvania Report named her to the 2003 "The Pennsylvania Report Power 75" list of influential figures in Pennsylvania politics.[13] In 2002, she was named to the PoliticsPA "Power 50" list of politically influential personalities.[14] She was also named to the PoliticsPA list of "Pennsylvania's Most Politically Powerful Women"[15] In 2010, Politics Magazine named her one of the most influential Republicans in Pennsylvania.[16]

She chaired Lynn Swann's 2006 campaign for Governor of Pennsylvania.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Toretti met now-former University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson at an NCAA dinner.[17] They married in Las Vegas on April 14, 2003.[18] During their marriage, she and her sons, Joe, Max, and Matthew, split time between her home on a 200-acre (0.81 km2) farm in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Tucson, Arizona.[17] Olson filed for divorce on December 6, 2007[18] The proceedings became contentious, with Toretti alleging that Olson improperly moved funds from a joint account the day after filing for divorce.[19]

She serves on several corporate boards, including S&T Bank and the Lockhart Company.[11] She sits on the board of The Andy Warhol Museum, the National Council of Colonial Williamsburg, the Indiana Hospital, Chi Omega Foundation, the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce, and The Committee of 200.[11] She previously served as President of the Foundation of Indiana University of Pennsylvania[11]


  1. ^ The White House. "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts". Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Levy, Barbara. "Lute and Christine Olson". Philanthropy Word. Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  3. ^ "Rig Inventory". S.W. Jack Drilling Company. Archived from the original on 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  4. ^ a b c d "Christine Olson focusing on activism amid public divorce". Tucson Citizen. 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  5. ^ a b "Home". S.W. Jack Drilling Company. Archived from the original on 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  6. ^ McKay, Jim (1997-05-12). "Founder's Daughter Builds Business at S.W. Jack Drilling in Indiana, Pa". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-05-17.[dead link]
  7. ^ a b Dickerson, Linda A. (2001-10-21). "Teaching Dad's crew some new tricks". Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
  8. ^ "Pittsburgh Business 2001: The Leaders, 31 - 40". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. 2001-03-25. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  9. ^ "Corbett, Tom". Marcellus Money. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  10. ^ a b c "Christine J. Olson Bio". Winning with Women in Pennsylvania.
  11. ^ a b c d e "PA State Party Leadership". Republican National Committee. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  12. ^ Reeves, Frank (1999-04-01). "Pa. GOP notables backing Bush in 2000". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  13. ^ "The PA Report "Power 75" List" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc. January 31, 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-20.
  14. ^ "Sy Snyder's Power 50". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2002. Archived from the original on 2002-04-21.
  15. ^ "Pennsylvania's Most Politically Powerful Women". Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc. 2001. Archived from the original on 2004-02-09.
  16. ^ Roarty, Alex; Sean Coit (January 2010). "Pennsylvania Influencers" (PDF). Politics Magazine. pp. 44–49. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-08.
  17. ^ a b Bodfield Bloom, Rhonda (2005-01-23). "Lute Olson's wife can work the boards too". Lute Olson: Official Website. Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original on 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  18. ^ a b Horton, Renee Schafer (2008-01-09). "Lute Olson's wife contesting divorce". Tucson Citizen. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  19. ^ Harris, Craig (2008-04-21). "Lute Olson's divorce heats up over money issues". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2008-05-17.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
G. Kathleen Hill
United States Ambassador to Malta

Taking office 2018