Bipartisanship Celebrated at PA Chamber’s Annual Legislative Leaders Breakfast

The PA Chamber’s highly anticipated Bipartisan House and Senate Leaders Breakfast was a resounding success, setting the stage for a Pennsylvania Society weekend filled with camaraderie, optimism, and celebration.

Held at the New York City Hilton, the event attracted more than 300 attendees and featured remarks from House Speaker Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia), House Republican Whip Tim O’Neal (R-Washington), Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), and Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland).

In opening remarks, PA Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein emphasized the PA Chamber’s mission of enacting policies that will help Pennsylvania become the most competitive state in the nation to do business, highlighting that a thriving business environment is the key to building a more prosperous Commonwealth.

“When our state’s business community succeeds, economic mobility improves, communities thrive, and the quality of life for every Pennsylvanian increases,” Bernstein said.

He also noted that several of the business community’s priority issues, such as tax and permitting reform, have advanced in both chambers of the legislature this session with votes from both Democrats and Republicans. “While there remains much work to be done, this early progress is the result of strong bipartisan support in the General Assembly,” Bernstein said.

Later, attendees listened as the respective leaders of the state House and Senate offered their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that our Commonwealth faces. Each speaker highlighted the need for bipartisan cooperation in driving meaningful changes that will benefit the lives of Pennsylvania residents.

As the Statewide Voice of Business, the PA Chamber consistently engages with lawmakers, working to bridge the gap between Pennsylvania’s business community and decision-makers in Harrisburg.

The Bipartisan House and Senate Leaders Breakfast exemplifies the PA Chamber’s ongoing efforts to build these connections and grow consensus on priority issues that will lead to a thriving business environment and greater prosperity in the Commonwealth.


Founded in 1916, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.