The Rising Political Clout of the Leadership Conference

The Rising Political Clout of the Leadership Conference

It was a loss that led to a resurgence. When Pat Toomey lost the Senate Republican nomination for Senate in 2004, Fred Anton decided it was time to breathe new life into the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference (PLC). Established in 1989 on the Conservative Political Action Conference model, the PLC faltered in the late 1990s.  With the help of PLC President Lowman Henry and Secretary David Taylor, the annual conference had its best attendance in 2005, just a year later. In 2010, Toomey used the PLC to launch a successful run for the Senate.

In 2012, two presidential candidates, Rick Santorum and Newt Gringrich, spoke at the PLC. Other speakers over the years have included Charles Krauthammer, Dick Morris, Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham, Joe Scarborough, and Frank Luntz.

By attending the past two years, Governor Corbett became the first acting Governor to attend the PLC. Both years he used the conference as a place to share his conservative victories and tout Pennsylvania’s resurgence as a competitive, job creating state.

This past weekend, PLC celebrated 25 years of excellence and here’s to hoping there will be at least 25 more.

Click here to watch the 25 year commemorative video, produced by PMA’s Media Manager, Joe Cooper. (