Previous Luncheon Speakers

2019

January
TBA

2018

January
Paul Mango
Republican Candidate for Governor

February
Senator Scott Wagner
Republican Candidate for Governor

March
Laura Ellsworth
Republican Candidate for Governor

April
Jennifer Storm
Pennsylvania Victim Advocate

May
Sen. Joe Scarnati
Senate President Pro Tempore

June
Rep. Lou Barletta
Republican Candidate for US Senate

July
Sen. Bob Casey
Democratic Candidate for US Senate

August
Scott Wagner
Republican Candidate for Governor

September
Governor Tom Wolf
Democratic Candidate for Governor

October
Alan Novak
Former Republican State Committee Chair

TJ Rooney
Former Democratic State Committee Chair

November
Josh Shapiro
PA Attorney General

2017

January
Dave Reed
PA House Majority Leader

February
Randy Albright
PA Budget Secretary

March
Congressman Charlie Dent

April
Pedro Cortes
PA Secretary of State

May
Mike Turzai
Speaker of the House

June
Senator Jay Costa
Senate Minority Leader

July
Rick Bloomingdale
President, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

August
Chris Martin IV
CEO, CF Martin & Co., Guitars

September
Joe Torsella
PA State Treasurer

October
Governor Tom Wolf

November
John Wetzel
PA Secretary of Corrections

2016

January
Joe Sestak
Democratic Candidate for US Senate

February
John Fetterman
Democratic Candidate for US Senate

March
Katie McGinty
Democratic Candidate for US Senate

April
Rep. William Adolph
Chairman, PA House Appropriations Committee

May
Josh Shapiro
Democratic Candidate for Attorney General

June
Leah Daughtry
CEO, Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

July
John Rafferty
Republican Candidate for Attorney General

August
Katie McGinty
Democratic Candidate for US Senate

September
Sen. Pat Toomey
Republican Candidate for US Senate

October
Dr. James H. Mullen
Allegheny College President

November
Celebrating 20 years of the Pennsylvania Press Club

2015

January
Rep. Dave Reed
House Majority Leader

February
Erik Arneson
Appointed and Contested Director
PA Office of Open Records

March
Sen. Jake Corman
Senate Majority Leader

April
Dr. William R. Hite, Jr.
Superintendent of School District of Philadelphia

May
Katie McGinty
Chief of Staff for Gov. Tom Wolf

June
Senator Scott Wagner

July
Rep. Mike Turzai, Speaker of the House

August
Pedro Rivera
Secretary of Education

September
Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor
Pennsylvania Supreme Court

October
Senator Jay Costa
Senate Minority Leader

November
Governor Tom Wolf

2014

January
Katie McGinty Democratic Candidate for Governor

February
Tom Wolf Democratic Candidate for Governor

March
Rob McCord
Democratic Candidate for Governor

April
Allyson Schwartz Democratic Candidate for Governor

May
Eric Papenfuse
Mayor of Harrisburg

June
Charles Zogby
PA Budget Secretary

July
Sen. Mike Stack
Democratic Candidate for Lt. Governor

August
Penn State President Eric Barron

September
Tom Wolf
Democratic Candidate for Governor

October
Gov. Tom Corbett
Republican Candidate for Re-Election

November
Rep. Sam Smth
Retiring Speaker of the House

2013

January
Charles Zogby, PA Budget Secretary

Feburary
Eugene DePasquale, PA Auditor General

March
Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

April
Sen. Joseph Scarnatti
Senate President Pro Tempore

May
Sen. Jay Costa
Senate Democratic Leader

June
Attorney General Kathleen Kane

July
Terry Mutchler
Executive Director
PA Office of Open Records

August
Dick Yuengling
President and Owner, Yuengling Brewery

September
Rep. Mike Turzai
PA House Majority Leader

October
Andrew Carter
President and CEO
Hospital and Heathsystem Association of PA

November
Congressman Charlie Dent

2012

January
Sara Ganim
Harrisburg Patriot-News reporter who broke the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal

February
Barry Schoch, PA Secretary of Transportation

March
Congressman Todd Platts

April
John Wetzel, Secretary, PA Department of Corrections

May
Sen. Jake Corman
Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee

June
David Freed
Republican Candidate for PA Attornet General

July
US Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

August
Tom Smith
Republican Candidate for US Senate

September
Former Governor Ed Rendell

October
US Senator Pat Toomey

November
Governor Tom Corbett

2011

November
Governor Tom Corbett

October
Penn State President Graham Spanier

September
Sen. Joseph Scarnati
PA Senate President Pro Tempore

August
Carmen Finestra
TV Producer, “The Cosby Show”, “Home Improvement”

July
Rob McCord
PA State Treasurer

June
Ron Tomalis
PA Secretary of Education

May
Rep. Sam Smith
Speaker of the House

April
John C. Cavanaugh
Chancellor
PA State System of Higher Education

March
Wendell Young IV
President, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776

February
PA Budget Secretary Charles Zogby

January
Rep. Mike Turzai
PA House Majority Leader

2010

November
Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson

October
Tom Corbett
Republican Candidate for PA Governor

September
Dan Onorato
Democratic Candidtate for PA Governor

August
Pat Toomey
Republican Candidate for US Senate

July
US Rep. Joe Sestak
Democratic Candidate for US Senate

June
Sen. Dominic Pileggi
PA Senate Majority Leader

May
Rick Santorum

April
US Senator Arlen Specter
Candidate for Re-election

March
US Rep. Joe Sestak
Democratic Candidate for US Senate

February
Joe Hoeffel
Democratic Candidate for Governor

January
Rep. Sam Rohrer
Republican Canidate for Governor

2009

November
US Rep. Jim Gerlach
Republican Candidate for Governor

October
Judge Joan Orie Melvin
Republican Candidate for Supreme Court

September
Judge Jack Panella
Democratic Candidate for PA Supreme Court

August
Shirley Anne Warshaw
Presidential scholar, Gettysburg College professor

July
Ray Walker, Co-Chair, Marcellus Shale Committee

June
Rep. Keith McCall, Speaker of the House

May
Pat Toomey, Republican Candidate for US Senate

April
Sen. Jake Corman, Chairman PA Senate Appropriations Committee

March
Rep. Todd Eachus, PA House Majority Leader

February
US Rep. Allyson Schwartz

January
US Senator Arlen Specter

2008

November
Former Speaker of the House Robert W. O’Donnell

October
Speaker of the House Dennis O’Brien

September
Tom Corbett
PA Attorney General
and Republican Candidate for Re-election

August
John Morganelli
Northampton County District Attorney
and Democratic Candidate for PA Attorney General

July
Major General Jessica Wright
Pennsylvania Adjutant General

June
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille

May
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

April
Rep. Sam Smith, PA House Minority Leader

March
Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta

February
Dan Onorato, Allegheny County Executive

January
Rep. Bill DeWeese, PA House Majority Leader

2007

November
Brian Tierney, Publisher, Philadelphia Inquirer

October
PA Auditor General Jack Wagner

September
Rep. Josh Shapiro, Co-chair, Speaker’s Commission on Legislative Reform

August
Col. Jeffrey Miller, PA State Police Commissioner

July
Justice Thomas Saylor, PA Supreme Court

June
Rosemarie Greco, Director of Health Care Reform

May
Sen. Joseph Scarnati, PA Senator President Pro Tempore

April
Allen Biehler, PA Secretary of Transportation

March
Governor Ed Rendell

February
Speaker of the House Dennis O’Brien

January
Sen. Dominic Pileggi, Senate Majority Leader

2006

November

Speaker of the House John Perzel

October

Lou Barletta, Mayor of Hazleton

September

Gov. Ed Rendell, Democratic Candidate for Re-election

August

US Sen. Rick Santorum, Republican Candidate for Re-election

July

Bob Casey, Democratic Candidate for US Senate

June

Jim Matthews, Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor

May

Lynn Swann, Republican Candidate for Governor

April

Rep. Sam Smith, PA House Majority Leader

March

Sen. Vincent Fumo (D-Philadelphia)

February

Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, Commander, Pennsylvania National Guard

January

Bill Scranton, Republican Candidate for Governor

2005

November

Lynn Swann, NFL Hall of Famer

October

Eugene Hickock, former PA Education Secretary
Former US Assistant Secretary of Education

September

Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed

August

Russ Diamond, Founder “Operation Clean Sweep Pennsylvania”

July

Estelle Richman, PA Secretary of Public Welfare

June

Rep. Brett Feese, PA House Appropriations Chairman

May

Rep. H. William DeWeese PA House Democratic Leader

April

Thomas “Tad” Decker PA Gaming Control Board Chairman

March

Sen. David J. “Chip” Brightbill, PA Senate Majority Leader

February

Rep. Dwight Evans, Minority Chairman, PA House Appropriations Committee

January

PA House Speaker John Perzel

2004

November

Jack Wagner, PA Auditor General-Elect

October

Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes

September

US Senator Arlen Specter

August

Congressman Joe Hoefel, Democratic Candidate for US Senate

July

Graham Spanier, Penn State President

June

Tom Corbett, Republican Candidate for PA Attorney General

May

Jim Eisenhower, Democratic Candidate for PA Attorney General

April

Gerald Pappert, PA Attorney General

March

Sen. Vincent Fumo (D-Philadelphia)

February

US Rep, Pat Toomey, Republican Candidate for US Senate

January

Gov. Dick Thornburgh, PA Governor (1979-1987)
US Attorney General (1988-1991)

2003

November

Justice Ralph Cappy, Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

October

Congressman Todd Platts

September

Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, PA Senate Republican Whip

August

Rosemarie Greco, Director of the PA Office of Health Care Reform

July

Kathleen McGinty, Secretary, PA Department of Environmental Protection

June

Greg Fajt, PA Secretary of Revenue

May

Rep. David Argall, Chairman, PA House Appropriations Committee

April

Michael J. Masch, PA Budget Secretary

March
Vicki L. Phillips, PA Secretary of Education

February

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

January
Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the University of Pennsylvania

2002

November
Rep. John Perzel (R-Philadelphia), PA House Majority Leader

October
Mike Fisher, PA Attorney General and Republican Candidate for Governor

September
Ed Rendell, Democratic Candidate for Governor

August
Congressman George Gekas and Congressman Tim Holden

July
David I. Greenberg
Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer Philip Morris Companies, Inc.

June
Sen. Vincent Fumo (D-Philadelphia)

May
Earl P. Freilino, Pennsylvania’s Homeland Security Director

April
Ed Rendell, Democratic Candidate for Governor

March
Attorney General Mike Fisher, Republican Candidate for Governor

February
Sen. Jane Earll, Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor

January
Sen. Robert Jubelirer, PA Lieutenant Governor

2001

November
US Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Delaware County)

November
Gov. Mark Schweiker

October
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia

September
Judge Kate Ford Elliott, PA Superior Court Judge and PA Supreme Court candidate

August
J. Michael Eakin, PA Superior Court Judge and PA Supreme Court candidate

July
William C. Costopoulos, Attorney and author

June
Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed

May
David Newhouse, Executive Editor, Harrisburg Patriot-News

April
Rep.Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia)

March
Sen. Jeffrey E. Piccola (R-Dauphin), Senate Majority Whip

February
Sen. David J. “Chip” Brightbill, PA Senate Majority Leader

January
Samuel E. Hayes, Jr., PA Secretary of Agriculture

2000

November
Jerry Sandusky
Former Penn State Football Coach

October
Reps. John Perzel, PA House Majority Leader
H. William DeWeese, PA House Minority Leader

September
PA Treasurer Barbara Hafer

August
Johnny Butler
PA Secretary of Labor & Industry

July
PA Attorney General Mike Fisher

June
Rep. Katie True
Republican Candidate for Auditor General

May
Jim Eisenhower
Democratic Candidate for PA Attorney General

April
US Rep.Ron Klink
Candidate for US Senate

March
James K. Glassman
American Enterprise Institute

February
Brigadier General Barbara Doornink

January
U.S. Senator Rick Santorum

1999

November
John Timoney
Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department

October
Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker

September
Ernie Preate
Former PA Attorney General and Former State Prison Inmate

August
Bill George
President, PA AFL-CIO

July
Rep. Bud Shuster
Chairman of the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

June
Brian Lockman
President and CEO, Pennsylvania Cable Network

May
Brad Mallory
PA Secretary of Transportation

April
Bill Giles
Chairman, Philadelphia Phillies

March
James McCormick
Chancellor of the State System of Higher Education

February
PA House Speaker Matt Ryan

January
Gov. Tom Ridge

1998

November
Congressman George Gekas

October
State Rep. Ivan Itkin, Democratic Candidate for Governor

September
State Rep. Bill Lloyd, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate

August
Peg Luksik, Constitutional Party Candidate for Governor

July
Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed

June
Dr. John Latschar, Superintendent, Gettysburg National Military Park

May
State Reps. John Perzel and Mike Veon

April
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter

March
Public Welfare Secretary Feather Houstoun

February
PSEA President David Gondak

January
PSU President Graham Spanier

1997

November
PUC Commissioner Nora Mead Brownell

October
State Treasurer Barbara Hafer

September
Attorney General Mike Fisher

August
Education Secretary Eugene Hickok

July
C-SPAN President Brian Lamb

June
Auditor General Bob Casey

May
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Zappala

April
State Store Workers President Ed Cloonan

March
Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell

February
Governor Tom Ridge

January
State Senator Vince Fumo

1996

November
Kerry Kirkland, Executive Director, PA State Democratic Committee
Alan Novak, Republican State Committee Chair

October
Secretary of Commerce Thomas Hagen