HARRISBURG — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason announced today that he has hired Mike Barley to serve as the next Executive Director of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. Mike takes over a position held by former Executive Director Luke Bernstein, who recently left his position to become Deputy Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.
“Mike Barley has been an incredibly valuable member of our team during my chairmanship and I am confident he will do a great job moving the party forward as Executive Director,” Gleason said. “Over the past two years we have achieved an unprecedented number of electoral successes, highlighted by the victories of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, Governor Tom Corbett and Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, and I am confident that we have the team capable of building upon those victories during the 2011-12 cycle.”
Barley remarked, “It has been the greatest honor of my professional life to work for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania under Chairman Gleason and I am both humbled and excited to continue working to elect qualified Republican candidates in my new role. I have inherited a great core staff of professionals and I know that together our team will execute Chairman Gleason’s vision to win elections and expand the reach of the Republican Party in our Commonwealth.”
Before being named Executive Director, Barley had served as the Director of the Communications and Technology Departments for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. In that capacity, Mike served as the primary spokesman and directed media relations for the Republican Party and countless statewide and local Republican candidates. Mike is a native of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Millersville University. Mike currently resides in Palmyra, PA with his wife Krista and their two daughters Samantha and Peyton.