Annual Assembly 2017

Annual Assembly

2016 Annual Assembly Speaker - Mary Matalin

Mary Matalin PhotoMary Matalin is one of the most celebrated and popular conservative voices in America. As an author, television and radio host, sought-after political contributor, pundit and public speaker, Matalin has become noted for her straightforward manner and insightful political repartee. She has served under President Ronald Reagan, made her mark as George H.W. Bush's campaign director, assistant to President George W. Bush, and as assistant and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney—making her the first White House official to hold that double title.

In 1980, after graduating from Western Illinois University, she joined a re-election campaign for Illinois Lt. Governor David O'Neal and was so successful, that when the "Reagan Revolution" brought her to Washington DC, she was quickly hired by the Republican National Committee (RNC).

After a hiatus to attend Hofstra Law School, Matalin returned to the RNC in 1984 to serve as national voter contact director for the Reagan-Bush Campaign. By 1988, after holding various senior positions in the George H.W. Bush presidential campaign, she was appointed Chief of Staff to RNC Chairman, Lee Atwater. In 1992, President Bush named her deputy campaign manager for Political Operations, with responsibility for the overview and organization of operations in all 50 states.

Matalin has made frequent television appearances as a political commentator, securing a career in conservative media advocacy following decades of work in the GOP political trenches. Today, she is a frequent guest commentator on news networks such as ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News Network. She co-hosts the nationally-syndicated radio program Both Sides Now, which is currently broadcast on more than 100 radio stations across the country.

In addition to her successful careers in politics, television and radio, Matalin is also a widely-read, respected and acclaimed author. She formerly served as Editor-in-Chief for Threshold Editions—a conservative publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster that has published authors from Vice President Dick Cheney to Karl Rove to Glenn Beck.

Matalin co-authored the best-selling political campaign book All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President with her husband, James Carville. The book was named one of the top 5 best books on public relations by The Wall Street Journal. In their second joint memoir, Love and War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home, Carville and Matalin take a look at how they—and America—have changed in the last two decades.

Matalin recently accepted an appointment as a visiting distinguished lecturer in political science at Loyola University New Orleans. As an advocate for the city of New Orleans, Matalin and her husband, James Carville, have shared many roles, including co-chairs of the 2013 NFL Super Bowl Host Committee and co-chairs of the upcoming 2018 New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration. 

The couple, newly empty nesters, reside in the city of New Orleans.