1960

Appointed Volunteer Chairman for the Republican Committee of Allegheny County.

1962

Appointed Secretary of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County. She also volunteers for Scranton for Governor and organizes largest political rally in republican history at the Civic Arena.

1963

Appointed to serve on Leadership and Finance Committee of the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee.

1964

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  • Elsie with Governor Rockefeller and at 1964 Convention
Elected Chairman of the 14th Ward of the City of Pittsburgh Republican Committee. She served this post until 1974. Appointed Alternate Delegate to the 1964 Convention in San Francisco for Scranton for President.

1966

  • Elsie with congressional candidate Dick Thornburgh
Chairs Thornburgh for Congress Committee.

1967

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  • Elsie in St. Patrick’s Parade and with Council of Republican Women
Elected Chairman of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County making her the first female chair of a major political party in an urban environment.