Chamber Minute

October 2018

Hi, I’m Gene Barr, president of the Pennsylvania Chamber. 

Welcome to this month’s Pennsylvania Chamber Minute.

On Tuesday, November 6th, voters nationwide will head to the polls for General Election Day.  Here in Pennsylvania, there are a lot of important elected positions on the ballot – governor, all of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation, one U.S. Senate seat, all 203 seats in the state House and 25 of the 50 state Senate seats.   In advance of this pivotal election, ChamberPAC – the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber – has endorsed 106 candidates for the state House and 17 candidates for the state Senate.  After careful evaluation, we believe these individuals will prioritize the impact of legislation on the state’s broad-based business community, and work to introduce and pass legislation that will improve Pennsylvania’s overall competitiveness. 

As the Pennsylvania Chamber continues our efforts to inform voters of the reasons why these candidates would be the best representatives for their respective districts, we’re equally stressing a more basic message – the importance of casting your vote.  To that end, we are encouraging all registered voters throughout the Commonwealth to find their polling place prior to November 6th and determine who will represent their best interests.  We are also supporting a U.S. Chamber-led “Get Out the Vote” campaign that promotes employers talking to their workers about the value of supporting pro-growth, pro-jobs candidates for public office.  Electing these qualified individuals will help to promote opportunity and job creation across the Commonwealth and build a stronger economic future for all.

I encourage you to visit the website to learn more about the U.S. Chamber’s initiative, and to visit the ChamberPAC section of our website – – to see the full list of endorsed candidates.  With only weeks to go before Election Day, it’s imperative to let workers across the Commonwealth know that the single most important tool that each one of us has is our voice, and our vote. 

Thanks for spending a minute of your time with the Pennsylvania Chamber, the Statewide Voice of Business.