The changes continue at the top of the Pennsylvania Republican Party.
Following a week that brought in a new Compliance Officer and Executive Director, the state party announced this morning that former Southwest Caucus Chair and current Armstrong County GOP Chair Mike Baker has been appointed as the PAGOP Treasurer.
“Mike is a successful businessman with a background in finance, and as the former Southwest Caucus chair he’s well-versed in campaign finance requirements,” PAGOP Chair Lawrence Tabas said in a statement. “He’s a good man, a strong leader and an obvious choice.”
The release from the Pennsylvania GOP Tuesday morning announced that D. Raja, who was elected Treasurer in 2017, has resigned from the post. PoliticsPA is seeking comment from the party on the departure of Raja.
Shortly after losing his second bid for the state Senate’s 37th District in the Spring, Raja stepped down as Chairman of the Allegheny County Republican Party. The Allegheny County GOP is now led by Sam DeMarco, who also chairs the Southwest Caucus.
In addition to serving as the Armstrong County GOP Chair, Baker is the VP and CFO of Mt. Lorenzo Holdings, Inc.
Baker said he was “honored” by the appointment from Tabas, who he describes as a “long-time mentor.”
In 2011, PoliticsPA dubbed Baker as one of the best county chairs in the state.