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February 25, 2017

Hillary Clinton returning to Pa. next month to deliver keynote address

For the first time since losing the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton will speak at an event in her late father's hometown of Scranton next month.

The former Democratic presidential candidate was selected to be the keynote speaker at the Society of Irish Women’s annual dinner on Friday, March 17, The Times-Tribune of Scranton reported Thursday. The event celebrates the contributions of women across Lackawanna County.

Clinton's last appearance in Scranton was Aug. 15 for a campaign rally. She often spent summers on Lake Winola as a child after he father, Hugh Rodham, grew up in the area.

Since the announcement, the organization has received an overwhelming interest and will not be taking any more reservations for the dinner.

Prior to the November general election, Clinton and her campaign made frequent stops to court voters across the Keystone State, including many rallies in Philadelphia. However, Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes went to Republican nominee Donald Trump, who also won several other battleground states to secure the presidency.

After conceding defeat, Clinton has kept a relatively low profile. Most notably, she attended Trump's inauguration with husband and former President Bill Clinton in January and fired out a terse Tweet in February when Trump's travel ban was repeatedly rejected by the courts.

The upcoming dinner will be the 19th annual event in the organization's history.

According to the Times Leader, Previous speakers have included President Barack Obama, ABC’s Ann Compton, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mary Jordan, former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Valerie Biden-Owens and CBS’s Norah O’Donnell.