Speakers

Byron York

Byron York

Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner and a Fox News contributor will be the featured dinner speaker at the 2018 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference. 

Website
Washington Examiner
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@ByronYork
Title
Chief Political Correspondent - Washington Examiner
Charlie Kirk

Charlie Kirk

Charlie Kirk is the Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to identifying, organizing, and empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets, and limited government.

Since the inception of Turning Point USA on June 5th of 2012, Charlie has grown Turning Point USA from nothing to having representation on over 1,200 high schools and college campuses nationwide and over 150 full time staff. At 24 years old, he has appeared on Fox News, CNBC, and FOX Business News over 200 times. He is also a best-selling author, was the youngest speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention, and a proud eagle scout.

Dawn Keefer

Dawn Keefer

Dawn Keefer was elected to represent the 92nd District in the House of Representatives in November 2016. For the 2017-18 legislative session she is serving on the Commerce; Health; and Aging and Older Adult Services standing committees.

  

 A fiscal conservative with more than 20 years of professional and government experience, Dawn brings a unique perspective to governing from both the public and private sectors. She owned and operated a consulting firm for more than 10 years that focused on grass-roots strategy, membership development and fundraising. On both a professional and personal level, Dawn understands the struggles small businesses face when it comes to surviving and growing in Pennsylvania’s economy and she is committed to challenging the policies and regulations fostering a hostile business climate in Pennsylvania.

Dawn and her husband, Tom, a corporal in the Pennsylvania State Police with more than 24 years of service and a Marine Corps veteran, are raising their three children in Dillsburg.

Dom Giordano

Dom Giordano

Dom Giordano is host of the Dom Giordano Show on WPHT 1210 AM.  His mix of compelling topics, great local callers and provocative guests produces fascinating talk radio. Talkers Magazinenamed Dom one of the Top 100 Most Influential Talk Show Hosts in America for five years. Dom is a frequent guest commentator on the Fox News Channel, CNN’s “Talkback Live”, Court TV, “It’s Your Call” on Comcast’s CN8, NBC-10 News, and WHYY-TV 12 News Programs. Dom is a frequent fill in host for the Lou Dobbs Radio Show and formerly for the Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly. Dom also writes frequent columns for newspapers throughout the region, including “The Philadelphia Inquirer”, “The Bucks County Courier Times”, “The Main Line Times”, and “The Northeast Times”. Dom lives in Germantown with his wife Rosemary, and their two sons, Luke and DJ.

Frank Ryan

Frank Ryan

Frank Ryan, State Representative, is a CPA, author, commentator and expert in corporate restructurings.  His book: Revolutionizing Accounting for Decision Makingwas published in 2016.  In December 2016, Frank began his first term as a Pennsylvania State Representative representing the 101stDistrict.

He is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary's University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and received his MBA from the University of Maryland. 

Frank has served on numerous boards of directors of public companies and non-profit organizations.

  

In 2014, Frank walked 2806 miles across America to raise awareness of the needs of disabled children.  His book Life Lessons Learned – Amazing Stories of my Walk Across America for Childrendetails his journey.

Colonel Ryan’s personal military decorations include three Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the U. S. Army Commendation Medal.

He is the extremely proud father of four wonderful children, and seven super grandchildren and his beautiful partner and wife, Sherrie.

Gregory Wrightstone

Gregory Wrightstone

Gregory Wrightstone is a geologist who has been investigating the Earth’s processes for more than 35 years. He received a BS and MS in geology from Waynesburg University & WVU, respectively. Gregory’s debut book Inconvenient Facts – the science that Al Gore doesn’t want you to knowhas received glowing reviews and has shot up the sales charts, reaching #1 status in the environmental field. He has been a popular guest on many radio and TV shows across America, including interviews on Fox’s Fox & Friends and Tucker Carlson. 

John Gizzi

John Gizzi

John Gizzi is Newsmax’s chief political columnist and White House correspondent. He is “the man who knows everyone in Washington” as well as many who hold elected positions and party leadership roles throughout America. For many years he held a similar position with the venerable conservative publication Human Events. He has appeared on countless radio and TV shows in America and in Europe.  He is the recipient of the William A Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Krysti Oschal

Krysti Oschal

Krysti Oschal is a leading young republican in Pennsylvania. Her involvement in the Republican Party began her first year at Dickinson College after seeing the way conservatives were treated on her campus. Under Krysti’s tenure as Chairwoman, the College Republicans more than tripled in size and became a formidable grass roots organization. 

Her involvement did not stop at Dickinson, Krysti was the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans and a member of the Women for Trump Statewide Leadership Team. 

After graduating, Krysti became active in the Pennsylvania Young Republicans. She helped re-establish a Young Republican chapter in Luzerne County, in addition to serving as Southeast Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Young Republicans and a member of the Philadelphia Young Republican’s Executive Board. 

Mac Zimmerman

Mac Zimmerman

Mac Zimmermanis the Vice President of Legislative Affairs at Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest free-market advocacy group. Before taking up his position at AFP, Mac worked for the International Republican Institute (IRI), promoting democracy in Asia. Prior to his time at IRI, Mac spent a decade as a staffer on Capitol Hill.  He has also worked as a foreign election observer, political consultant, journalist and editor. His work has appeared in many well-known publications, including The Investor’s Business Daily, Orange County Register and The Wall Street Journal

Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon

Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon

Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon is Director of Litigation at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, where she oversees the organization's legal advocacy in the courts.  

A Pennsylvania native, Marieke graduated summa cum laude from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2004. Marieke continued her studies at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, graduating magna cum laude in 2008.

After law school, Marieke clerked for the Honorable A. Richard Caputo in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania before joining the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania as a legal fellow in 2009. She later joined the Philadelphia firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis as a commercial litigation associate, where she continued to work on civil rights cases on a pro bono basis, focusing primarily on the First Amendment. 

Stephen Bloom

Stephen Bloom

Steve Bloom’smission as a lawmaker is to cut the size and scope of government, reduce the burden of taxes and unnecessary regulation, defend constitutional liberties, and unleash the power of free enterprise to create jobs and prosperity. He was first elected to represent the citizens of the 199thDistrict in the Pennsylvania House in 2010.

For the 2017-18 session, Steve is a deputy whip, a deputy chair of the House Majority Policy Committee and serves on the standing committees on Finance; Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Environmental Resources and Energy; and Labor and Industry. 

A 1987 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law and practicing lawyer, he authored the books, “The Believer’s Guide to Legal Issues” and “They’ve Crossed the Line: A Patriot’s Guide to Religious Freedom.”

Steve Davies

Steve Davies

Steve Davies is the Pennsylvania State Director for the Convention of States (COS) Project; Steve has served in that position since July, 2015.  The COS Project, composed of hundreds of citizen volunteers, is intended to bring about an amending convention under Article V of the US Constitution.  Delegates - who are commissioned from the several states -  to the convention would debate consider amendments designed to restore the Constitution consistent with its original intent.  Mr. Davies is retired from a career in the electric power generation industry, and has extensive experience with environmental regulatory matters, power plant asset development, community relations and governmental affairs.  He is a native of Houston, Texas, and lives in Beaver County, PA.  He is married and has three adult children.

Tom A. Coburn

Tom A. Coburn

Tom A. Coburn, M.D. was raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University with an accounting degree.  He married former Ms. Oklahoma Carolyn in 1968, and they now have three children and seven grandchildren.

From 1970-78, Dr. Coburn was the manufacturing manager at the Ophthalmic Division of Coburn Optical Industries in Colonial Heights, Virginia, growing the division from 13 employees to more than 350 and capturing 35% of the U.S. market. After the family business was sold, Coburn returned to school to become a physician, attending the University of Oklahoma’s Medical School and graduating with his M.D.  Dr. Coburn returned to Muskogee in 1983 to practice family medicine, allergy, and obstetrics. Dr. Coburn has personally delivered more than 4000 babies.

From 1995-2001 Dr. Coburn represented Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the first Republican to hold that seat for consecutive terms. Described by newspapers as a budget hawk, Coburn made balancing the budget a top priority. He played a central role in Medicare and health care debates. After a short time in the House, Dr. Coburn kept his word to serve no more than six years and returned full time to his medical practice in Muskogee.

Dr. Coburn served as the junior U.S. Senator of Oklahoma from 2005-2014 leading the fight to reduce wasteful Washington spending, increase accountability and transparency for all taxpayers, restore Constitutional government, and make health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans. In addition, Dr. Coburn has fought for the sanctity of life and private property rights. With Oklahoman independence, Dr. Coburn has successfully challenged the broken culture of Washington; offering more amendments than any other senator to end waste and protect liberties. As a citizen legislator, Dr. Coburn pledged to serve no more than two terms in the Senate.

Tom Newell

Tom Newell

Tom Newell is a government affairs director at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Prior to joining FGA, Tom served as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2010 to 2016. During his tenure, Tom championed numerous bills seeking to limit the size and scope of government.

Tom grew up on a small ranch and as a youth was a state champion bull rider and state champion extemporaneous speaker in the FFA. He received his bachelor’s degree from Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City and has pastored churches in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Pennsylvania.  With his master’s degree in business administration from Liberty University, Tom has taught business and economics classes at Seminole State College and is a former member of the board of directors for the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and former executive director of The Liberty Foundation of America. 

He is a proud father of three sons and one grandson: Ethan, Andrew, Levi, and Easton.