Robert Gleason was the Chair of the PA Republican Party from 2006-2017. Gleason sees the election of President Donald Trump in 2016 as his crowning achievement as the party chair, and decided to not seek re-election shortly after the victory was announced.
While serving as the Chair, the Republican Party consistently maintained control of the State Senate, and had maintained control of the PA Attorney General until 2012. In 2010, the party had the most successful cycle in its history, winning the gubernatorial election, a Senate seat, five new Congressional seats, retaining control of the State Senate, and retaking control of the State House.
Before politics, Gleason was Chair and CEO of Gleason, Inc., a company started by his grandfather. He joined that business in 1965, after serving 4 years of active duty for the U.S. Air Force as a Captain. In 2010, The Gleason Agency and Gleason Financial merged with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., the 4th largest brokerage in the world.