Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

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Pennsylvania Leadership Conference
Pennsylvania Leadership Conference logo.png
Frequency annual
Location(s) Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Inaugurated 1989
Most recent 2011

Pennsylvania Leadership Conference is an annual two day conference organized by the Pennsylvania Leadership Council of Pennsylvania conservative activists in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.[1]

The Pennsylvania Leadership Conference was founded in 1989 by a group of conservative activists, including Charlie Gerow, Susan Staub, Jim Panyard, and Don Eberly, seeking to strengthen the conservative "grassroots lobby" in Pennsylvania.[1][2] The first conference attracted 300 attendees and featured speakers including Congressmen Robert Smith Walker and Newt Gingrich and State Representatives Joseph R. Pitts and Howard L. Fargo.[2] The Philadelphia Inquirer described it as an "anti-left nirvana."[2] The conference was scheduled during the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania meeting in Erie, leading commentators to speculate that it was intended to drain support from eventual Republican nominee for Pennsylvania Governor Barbara Hafer because of her pro-choice stance.[2] However, conference organizers denied such an ulterior motive.[3]

Following the first meeting, the Pennsylvania Leadership Council was founded to coordinate the conference's annual organization, with Lowman S. Henry serving as president.[1] Later presidents included Sean Duffy and Gorden Blain.[1] Speakers at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference have included M. Stanton Evans, Bill Bennett, Robert Novak, Alan Keyes, Lynne Cheney, Armstrong Williams, Walter Williams, and David Horowitz.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "History of the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference". Pennsylvania Leadership Conference. Pennsylvania Leadership Council. 
  2. ^ a b c d Eshleman, Jr., Russell E. (September 17, 1989). "Harrisburg Conference Promotes Conservative Ideals and Issues". Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia: Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.). 
  3. ^ Baer, John (September 14, 1989). "Hafer's Abortion Stand Draws Critics in GOP Slows Bid for Gubernatorial Nomination". Philadelphia Daily News (Philadelphia: Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.). 

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