Chairman

Lawrence Tabas was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania on July 13, 2019.

A lifelong Republican and acclaimed expert on election law, Lawrence Tabas is known as a leader who stands by the rank-and-file during campaigns with a never-wavering grace and courtesy that has won the Pennsylvania GOP allies at every level of government.

His successful 2016 defense of President Trump against the Jill Stein “recount” effort secured the Trump presidency and prevented a last-ditch effort to steal the commonwealth’s electoral votes for the Hillary Clinton campaign.

As longtime general counsel to the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, Tabas has argued the cases for GOP candidates at the local, state and federal level.

“Whether a candidate is in the borough council or the White House, the party needs to stand up for democracy and American values,” Tabas explains. “Democracy only works when leaders listen. That’s how I approach my job.”

With more than four decades of representing his party and its candidates, Tabas became party chairman on July 13, 2019 at a time the Pennsylvania GOP faced fundraising challenges and endless attacks from liberal institutions and activists.

His representation places special emphasis on campaign finance law (federal and state), ballot referendum matters, nomination petitions and ballot access, recounts and election contests, regulatory matters, corporate and association sponsored political action committees, voting equipment and systems, conduct of elections and much more.

Tabas is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned his law degree at Georgetown University. He lives with his wife, Libby, in Philadelphia.

Vice Chairman

Bernadette “Bernie” Comfort was elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party on February 4, 2017. Bernie has nearly two decades of experience working to promote and elect Republican candidates throughout Pennsylvania. Bernie is an experienced coalition leader and has served in leadership positions on statewide campaigns in Pennsylvania over the last two decades.

For sixteen years Bernie has promoted the advancement of women in all walks of life through her work as the Executive Director of the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series and the Dodie Londen Series in Arizona. As the manager for these executive leadership programs Bernie has developed a network that includes leaders in business, non-profit and politics and has increased her networking, fundraising and training skills while training hundreds of public leaders. She served as a Commissioner for the PA Commission for Women, serves as a state committee member from Lehigh County and also serves as a local committeewoman for the Lehigh County Republican Committee. Bernie often volunteers regularly on various campaigns.

Bernie’s passion is to connect people and solve problems. Bernie previously served in various management positions at Chatham University including work as the Executive Director of the Center for Women in Politics in Pennsylvania and the Associate Dean of Students.

Having been born in Philadelphia, raised in the Lehigh Valley and lived in Western, PA for over a decade, Bernie has a great appreciation for the Commonwealth and all it has to offer. Most importantly, Bernie is busy raising a future public leader in her seven year old daughter, Luci.

National Committeewoman

A pioneer in many walks of life, Christine Toretti is the former Chairman and CEO of the S. W. Jack Drilling Co., the largest privately-held land-based drilling company in the United States. She serves as Vice Chairman of S&T Bancorp and is a former director of the Pittsburgh Federal Reserve Bank. Her astute business acumen, her ability to transcend gender-biases in the workplace, and her reputation as a business turn-around expert, make her a much sought-after advisor.

In addition, Christine serves on many non-profit boards including the International Medical Corps, an NGO that has been lauded as the most fiscally efficient in the world while serving those distressed with distinction. That passion for supporting the not for profit arena, transcends many areas. She has served as Chair of The Andy Warhol Museum, founding director of the Gettysburg Foundation and numerous higher education institutions and systems. Christine is the Founder and Chair of both the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series in Pennsylvania and the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series in Arizona, training programs designed to educate, empower and advance Republican women.

Governor Tom Ridge so respected her leadership that he appointed her to Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and subsequently adopted a plan crafted by her to fund investments in higher education in new and innovative ways. In 2002, Indiana University of Pennsylvania conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. Governor Mark Schweiker appointed her as his representative on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. President George W. Bush appointed her to the Rural Telephone Bank where she served as Vice Chair. In 2007, she was elected Chair of the Committee of 200, an organization of the most influential female CEOs in the world. She is also a founding member of the Belizean Grove. Recently, she was elected to the Board of Directors of CEO.

With a family tradition of political activism, Christine has been recognized as an extraordinary fundraiser for candidates and party organizations in the local, state, and national arena and serves as National Committeewoman of Pennsylvania to the Republican National Committee. She served as Co-Chair of the RNC Finance Committee in the 2011-12 election cycle and held the position of Secretary of the 2012 RNC Convention. A force within her industry, the Bush administration sought her input by placing her on the National Petroleum Council and the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. In 2014, Toretti was elected to the board of the Republican State Leadership Committee where she is leading the effort to significantly increase the number of women in elected office across the nation. Named a trustee of the Sarah Scaife Foundation, Christine is an active funder of conservative causes.

If you would ask Christine what is her prime motivation, she would say it is two-fold. First, her commitment to her three sons is paramount and she is compelled to political activism because of her concern for their future. Second, she has a deep commitment to women in great part to the experiences she encountered in the totally male-dominated oil and gas industry. She crosses the nation constantly to promote Republican candidates and had created an annual retreat for female corporate leaders from all over the world. She is the founder of Women Lead PAC, a Super PAC that supports women running in federal elections.

A recipient of numerous awards, she insists that her greatest gifts are her sons: Joe (29), Max (26), and Matthew (24). When available, she has coached their baseball teams and also challenged them on the ice in hockey.

Outside interests include the architecture of Andrea Palladio, the art of the Renaissance, and hiking anywhere in the world.

National Committeeman

A Business Person

Board of Directors’ Co-Chairman, Asher’s Chocolates (4th generation family candy business of C.A. Asher), major candy-making and national distribution center at Souderton, PA, with operations also in Historic Germantown area of Philadelphia and Lewistown, PA.

Asher’s annually produces more than 6 million pounds of confectioneries for national and international distribution.

An Involved Citizen

  • Pennsylvania member of Republican National Committee, appointed 1998
  • Chairman, Development Committee, Nature Conservancy of Pennsylvania
  • Board of Directors, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Advisory Board; and Salvation Army, Philadelphia Region
  • Member, Pennsylvania Society
  • Philadelphia Zoological Society
  • Session of Oreland (PA) Presbyterian Church
  • Union League of Philadelphia
  • Academy Club of Germantown Academy
  • Leadership Council, Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania
  • Avalon (NJ) Yacht Club
  • Old York Road Country Club, Gwynedd, PA
  • Chairman, Republican Party of Pennsylvania, 1983-1986
  • Chairman, Montgomery State County (PA) Republican Committee, 1978-1986
  • State Chairman, PA Governor Dick Thornburgh’s successful re-election campaign committee, 1982
  • Delegate, Republican National Convention, Detroit 1980 and Dallas 1984
  • Commissioner, Springfield Township, Montgomery County, PA 1968-1971
  • Delegate, Republican National Convention, 2000-2012

Civic Recognition

  • Humanitarian Award, Montgomery County (PA) Association for Retarded Citizens
  • Special Award/Recognition, Valley Forge (PA) Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Good Citizenship Award, Union League of Philadelphia

Educational Attainments

  • Graduate, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and Commerce, Philadelphia, B.S. in Economics (Class of 1960)
  • Graduate, Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA (Class of 1955)

Military Service

  • U.S. Army veteran, active duty and reserve status

Personal Data

  • Married to former Joyce Webb, with three children, son Jeff, daughters Jill and Jodi, all married and with three grandchildren.
  • Montgomery County, PA resident more than 35 years.
Deputy Chairman

Renee is a long time advocate of clinically appropriate and cost effective alternatives to more expensive care. Trained as a Registered Nurse, with a Masters degree in Counseling and Administration, Ms. Amoore has earned an enviable reputation for innovative treatment approaches for persons with mental illness, addictive disorders, mental retardation and others.

In 1992, she was elected to and currently serves as a member of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. In 1996, she was elevated to the position of Deputy Chair of this group and is increasingly recognized nationally for the work she is doing to bring more people of color into the Republican Party. In 1996, she was appointed to serve as an alternate delegate to the Pennsylvania Delegation at the Republican National Convention in San Diego. Currently she chairs the Pennsylvania New Majority Council. In 1999 she was named Montgomery County Republican of the Year and was placed on the Movers and Shakers List by the NAUW. Also in 1999 she was awarded the Eveyln McPhail award for political activism by the Republican National Committee.

Ms. Amoore is founder and president of The Amoore Group, which includes Amoore Health Systems, Inc., 521 Management Group, Inc., and Ramsey Educational and Development Institute, Inc. These companies provide economic development and job creation opportunities, government liaison, marketing, and public relations services at both corporate and educational training programs.

Her activities are expanding to international levels as she coordinates progressive programs in South Africa in conjunction with its newly formed government. Ms. Amoore also serves as Chairman of Gov. Tom Ridge’s Advisory Committee on African American Affairs, and in 1998 was named as a member of the newly formed Human Resources Investment Council.

Ms. Amoore’s interest in the community is an extension of her commitment to service. Toward that end, in 1991 she was elected as an at-large member of the Board of Directors of the Upper Merion School District — the first African-American ever elected to the office — and she served as Board Vice President for four years. An energetic leader, she has been active in many professional and community organizations. They include the NAACP, the American Legion Auxiliary, Negro Business and Professional Women, Martin Luther King, Jr. Association, both Philadelphia and King of Prussia Chambers of Commerce, National Association of Women Business Owners, African American Museum Board of Directors, Drexel University Board of Trustees and Elkins Park Hospital Board of Trustees. She hosts a community service oriented talk radio show on WHAT-FM.

Ms. Amoore has received many awards, including Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business, National Registry of Who’s Who, Black Achievers Award, Pennsylvania’s Honor Roll for Women, NAACP Award for Community Service in Education and the “Class of ’98” from Main Line Today magazine. Ms. Amoore was honored by Elizabeth Dole as an Outstanding Entrepreneur for her achievements in the business community.

Treasurer

Mike Baker is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mt. Lorenzo Holdings, Inc., a family owned and operated company encompassing natural gas production, energy field services, beverage distribution, and real estate.

Baker serves as Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Republican Party.  He is a past  chairman of the eleven county southwest region of Pennsylvania.  In addition, Baker serves as the Chairman of the Armstrong County Republican Party.  PoliticsPA named Baker one of the best county chairs, noting “he is that rare person in politics who works more then he talks about working”.

An Eagle Scout, Baker has served on several non-profit boards.  He is a member of the F&AM Seneca Lodge #805 where he is past president, Coudersport Consistory, and the Syria Shrine.  He also serves on the board of the Armstrong County Industrial Development Authority.

Baker has been a contributing writer on politics, investing, and financial topics.  He holds a B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He resides in Armstrong County with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children.

Secretary

As Secretary of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania and Chairman of the Delaware County Republican Party, Andy Reilly has played a critical role in electing Republicans at both the county and state levels.

Chairman Reilly was elected twice to serve four (4) year terms as a member of the Delaware County Council, the governing body for the County of Delaware. During his tenure on the five-member Council, Andy led the effort to revitalize older industrial areas of Delaware County while at the same time preserve the quickly diminishing open spaces. These efforts led to two major redevelopment projects along the Delaware River (Harris Casino and PPL Park Soccer Stadium), the preservation of hundreds of acres of open space across Delaware County.

Chairman Reilly is a member of the board and volunteer solicitor to the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum and also serves on the Board of the Delaware River Port Authority and Delaware County Solid Waste Authority. The former Chairman of the Delaware County Young Republicans, Reilly, is also a past recipient of the Man of the Year Award from the Delaware County Sons of St. Patrick.

A managing partner with the law firm Swartz Campbell LLC, Chairman Reilly’s law practice focuses on areas of civil litigation and municipal law, and he has represented numerous businesses, authorities and individuals regarding litigation, transactions, and employment issues. He is a member of both the Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice before Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts, the U.S. District Court of Appeals in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Chairman Reilly is a graduate of Susquehanna University, where he majored in Finance and Marketing, and the Delaware School of Law. He currently resides in his hometown of Middletown Township with his wife, Denise and three children.