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Chairman of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, Eileen Melvin

There are no limits to the energy and enthusiasm that Eileen Barbera Melvin brings to any endeavor she takes on.  Whether she is helping to lead the Republican State Party in Pennsylvania, organizing a winning campaign for a key state House seat, or raising a family, Eileen Barbera Melvin gives all she's got.


As our new State chairman, Eileen has launched an ambitious plan to build our party.  She is committed to capitalizing on the new volunteers and contributors who gave so much to our party during the 2004 Presidential Election.  Her goals are to strengthen the grassroots network, build our fundraising base, ensure the every vote counts and only once while reelecting Senator Rick Santorum and defeating Governor Ed Rendell.


As Vice Chairman of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, Eileen has worked successfully with Chairman Alan Novak to put together the winning strategy that made Pennsylvania the most Republican State in the nation.


Eileen honed her political skills during her tenure as Chairman of the Somerset County Republican Committee from 1992 to 1996.  As Chairman, she revitalized the party by organizing training seminars, running phone banks, launching registration drives and even forming a Teen Age Republican chapter.  These efforts culminated in the 1998 victory of Bob Bastian who won a key State House seat that helped to secure a Republican Majority in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  Her political leadership in Somerset County also led to the 1999 victory of Common Pleas Court Judge Kim R. Gibson, who was recently elevated to the Federal Bench, and to recapturing the Republican majority on the Board of County Commissioners in 2000.  Eileen also served as State-wide honorary Co-Chair of the Committee to Re-Elect Governor Tom Ridge in 1998 and as the Somerset County Chairman for numerous successful political campaigns in Somerset County, including Rick Santorum’s first and second U.S. Senate elections.


Eileen does not limit her involvement to politics. She is passionate about job creation in Pennsylvania and owns a small business providing economic development consulting services to clients across the Commonwealth.  With a proven track record in the areas of job retention and creation, Eileen has been instrumental in advancing diverse projects to their successful implementation in the areas of brownfields re-development, biotechnology, business expansion and relocation, health care, and infrastructure.  Her record also includes many successful community development projects.


Eileen began her career in the public policy arena at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC.  She served as a Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator John Heinz in Washington, DC, as a member of the Reagan Transition Team helping to prepare the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, and as Acting Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging when Senator Heinz assumed the Chairmanship of that Committee.


She received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from American University in Washington, DC, and a BA from Boston College.  Eileen also is a graduate of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, CA.


Eileen serves on numerous boards and commissions, including the Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI), the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, the Federal Judicial Nominating Committee, and served on the Platform Committee of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in 2000.


Eileen and her husband Matthew reside in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.  They are the proud parents of four wonderful children and are also foster parents.