The Republican Party of Pennsylvania is the only organization solely dedicated to growing the Republican Party and electing Republicans at presidential, congressional, state, county and local levels throughout Pennsylvania. 

Who We Are

We are the Grand Opportunity Party — the party of a stronger and freer America!

What We Stand For

We work to promote the ideals upon which our country and party were founded: freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, and accountability — for all. 

  • Win the War on Terror 
    Ensuring that Americans remain safe, terrorists are defeated, and democracy flourishes in the world 
  • Restore the American Dream 
    Creating an environment where everyone has the opportunity to achieve the American Dream 
  • Strengthen our Communities 
    Preparing students for success in life by bringing the benefits of education reform to local schools 
  • Strengthen our Families 
    Protecting the sanctity of marriage and the rights of the unborn 
  • Reduce the Size of Government and Streamline the Bureaucracy 
    Fighting for individuals’ rights in opposition to a large, bloated government 

Who We Stand For

Everyone and anyone who believes in a strong, free America and the ideals on which our country is founded.

Our Structure

There are more than three million registered Republicans in Pennsylvania who elect our party’s nominees, State and County Committee members, and Delegates to the Republican National Convention. 

State Committee Members and County Chairmen serve on the state party and elect a Chairman and Vice Chairman to a four-year term. State party members also elect a National Committeeman and National Committeewoman to represent Pennsylvania, along with the Chairman, on the Republican National Committee. 

Registered Republicans elect State Committee members by county or by district in the Primary Election in which a governor is elected. 

History 

Birth of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania 

The Republican Party in Pennsylvania was founded on November 27, 1854, in the home of David Wilmot in Towanda, Pennsylvania. Wilmot gathered his friends — former Governor Simon Cameron, Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, Colonel Alexander McClure, and former Governor Samuel Curtin — to form local Republican clubs in their home counties. 

We take great pride in the fact that the first national convention was held in Pittsburgh on February 22, 1856. Later, party delegates held their first nominating convention at Philadelphia’s Musical Fund Hall on June 17, 1856. Two years later, on September 5, 1858, Pennsylvania’s Republican clubs met in Pittsburgh to form the state Republican Party. 

In 1860, the Republican Party elected Samuel Curtin to the Governor’s office and gained control of the state Senate — which they did not relinquish for 30 years. 

Of the 65 counties in the Commonwealth at that time, 64 were represented at the Pittsburgh Convention. David Wilmot served as the first Chairman of the Republican Party. In October of 1858, the Republican Party elected their first statewide official, John M. Reid, to the Supreme Court. 

In 1959, George I. Bloom turned the Republican Party into a statewide organization with a new permanent headquarters in Harrisburg. 

The Shaner Republican Center 

Our Party was excited to return our statewide operations to the newly renovated, state-of-the-art Shaner Republican Center at 112 State Street, in Harrisburg.  

The “Bring Us Home” renovation took a great deal of effort and resources to complete and would not be possible without generous contributions from the Lance Shaner Family. While the Shaner family’s support enabled us to get back into our home building, we still need your sustained backing. Every donation to the Shaner Center helps keep Pennsylvania Republicans working towards a stronger and freer America.  

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