Winter 2017 Meeting Guest Speakers

 

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party Winter 2017 State Committee takes place on Friday, February 10th and Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Harrisburg.

 

Registration and Ticket Information

  • For more information about attending, making reservations, and other booking details, please visit our general information page for the Winter State Committee meeting.
  • Friday Dinner tickets and Saturday lunch tickets are no longer being offered for online purchase. They can be purchased at the door of the event. $40 for dinner, $20 for lunch.

 

Speakers

This year, we have a great lineup of speakers which includes:

Keynote Speaker

Governor Tom Wolf

As Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf has taken a different approach to Harrisburg by prioritizing important responsibilities like protecting our seniors, making sure children receive the education we need them to have, working with law enforcement and treatment centers to battle the opioid and heroin epidemic, and rebuilding Pennsylvania’s middle class by putting more people to work.

Tom has made clear his strong commitment to education in Pennsylvania by fighting to restore critical education funding cuts, provide unprecedented support to high-quality pre-k programs, ensure students are college and career ready, and making sure funding is distributed fairly. As a result of his fight for greater investment, schools have received an additional $465 million in two years for K-12 education, along with millions more for Pre-K and higher education.

Tom has made fighting the opioid crisis a top priority of his administration and is continuing to work across the aisle to address this looming public health issue. He is the advocate that families struggling with addiction need in Harrisburg. Tom provided funding to implement 45 treatment centers throughout the commonwealth and has expanded access to treatment for more than 100,000 individuals with substance use disorder.

Tom has improved home-based and community-based care services so that more seniors can have options for getting the care they needed without having to move out of their homes. And when health insurers threatened to kick 180,000 seniors off their health plans, Tom stepped in and took those insurance companies to court to save those seniors from losing their health care.

Tom also expanded health care access to over 700,000 Pennsylvanians and under his leadership the commonwealth’s uninsured population from 14 percent in 2013 to 6.4 percent today. Tom also saved 3,600 children from losing Children’s health insurance, while also providing health care for over 20,000 new children, and he fought to save 180,000 seniors from losing their Medicare Advantage.

Tom has always been a different kind of leader and he has brought this experience to his role as governor. Since day one in office, Tom has fought for the people of Pennsylvania and he will continue to serve the best interests of the commonwealth.

Mike Stack

Lt. Governor

Lt. Gov. Mike Stack is a former Captain in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and served as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) for the 28th Infantry Division.

Lt. Gov. Stack earned his law degree from Villanova University Law School in 1992. He is a graduate of LaSalle College High School and of LaSalle University. During the administration of Governor Robert P. Casey, Lt. Gov. Stack was executive deputy director of the Pennsylvania Medical Professional Liability Catastrophic Loss Fund.

Before being elected as lieutenant governor, he served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate representing the 5th District.

Debra Todd

Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Justice Todd has proudly served on the Commonwealth’s highest court. When she is successfully retained to serve another 10 years, Justice Todd will make history as the first woman to serve as Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Rich Fitzgerald

Allegheny County Chief Executive

It wasn’t until his children were of school age that Rich became involved in politics. In the late 90s, he worked on the campaign to change the form of government in Allegheny County – an initiative that passed creating a Home Rule government with an elected Executive and 15-member Council. In 1999, Rich ran for one of the district council seats on the newly-formed County Council and was elected to represent a district that included suburban municipalities and city neighborhoods. He held the seat for twelve years and was elected as Council President four times before leaving to run for the office of County Executive.

In 1999, Rich ran for one of the district council seats on the newly-formed County Council and was elected to represent a district that included suburban municipalities and city neighborhoods. He held the seat for twelve years and was elected as Council President four times before leaving to run for the office of County Executive.

Now Chief Executive of Allegheny County, Rich Fitzgerald plays a key role as an elected official in Allegheny County, Western PA, and throughout all of Pennsylvania.

Art Haywood

PA State Senator - SD4

Art’s first foray into elected office was to serve as Cheltenham Township Commissioner. After serving for a number of years Art ran for a seat on the state Senate to represent his home district spanning parts of both Montgomery County and Philadelphia.

Dwan Walker

Mayor, City of Aliquippa

Dwan had great tragedy strike his family that lead to a life of Public Service. Mayor Walker’s sister Diedre was senselessly shot and killed by a former boyfriend back in 2009 in their hometown of Aliquippa. Arriving on the scene just as his sister expired, both Dwan and his twin brother Donald pledged to serve their community in her name. Honoring that pledge, Dwan successfully ran for office and became the city’s first African American elected mayor. His brother followed suit and serves as a City Councilor in their hometown.

Helen Gym

Philadelphia City Council

Helen is a long-time education and community activist who helped fight for many causes and candidates in her city. She’s one of the best known champions of public schools, parents and public education. Helen is the first Asian American Democrat elected to Philadelphia City Council.

Moira Kaleida

Pittsburgh Public School Board Member

Moira Kaleida is a first-term school director from Pittsburgh, PA. A long time social activist, Moira has worked and volunteered for organizations that support public education, community growth, and women’s issues since her time in the Pittsburgh Public Schools as a student. As a progressive democrat she has worked to support local candidates with similar agendas and is currently serving her second term as an Allegheny County Democratic Committee member. Moira lives in the Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh with her husband, Ray (a math teacher), and her two daughters. And with all this on her plate, this past cycle Moira was in the trenches either going door-to-door or helping build out rallies either protesting for a cause or fighting back against our rivals.

Christina Hartman

Christina Hartman

Christina Hartman was a candidate for Congress (CD16) in the Lancaster, PA area. After graduating from the George Washington University (Washington, DC) and Fordham University (New York City), she took on some of the world’s toughest dictatorships, leading numerous high-profile organizations and advocating for freedom and democracy in those countries and in Washington. From South Sudan to Afghanistan. She helped organizations strengthen their countries’ democracies through civic education, elections, and youth leadership development.

Here at home, She has continued to focus on community development initiatives. She worked with the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national organization pursuing justice for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. Today, she brings her expertise to organizations in Lancaster such as Church World Service, the Non-Profit Resource Network at Millersville University, and the Parish Resource Center, providing leadership in strategic planning, fundraising, and communications to enhance the services that these organizations provide to the county and beyond.