Bainbridge State College is pleased to announce Mary Matalin, one of the most celebrated and popular conservative voices in America, will kick-off the second annual Carter Arts & Lecture Series on Sept. 11, at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center.
As an author, television and radio host, and widely sought after political contributor, pundit and public speaker, Madalin has become noted for her straightforward manner and insightful political repartee. Among her many roles and accomplishments, she has served under President Ronald Reagan, made her mark as George H. W. Bush’s Campaign director and most recently as 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.
Matalin has been active in politics since college, starting at the grassroots level in local and statewide campaigns in her native Illinois. In 1980, after graduating from Western Illinois University, Matalin joined a re-election campaign for Illinois Lt. Governor David O’Neal at the request of a former professor. She was so successful, that when the “Reagan Revolution” brought her to Washington DC, she was quickly hired by the Republican National Committee.
In addition to her successful careers in politics, television and radio, Matalin is also a widely read, respected and acclaimed author and serves 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 (January 2014), Carville and Matalin take a look at how they—and America—have changed in the last two decades. She is also the author of Letters to My Daughters which made both The New York Times and The Washington Post best seller lists. Letters was also named a Book of the Month Club selection, and was chosen for a condensed version by Reader’s Digest.
Matalin makes regular appearances as a public speaker and sits on the boards of numerous respected institutions across the country, including: Tulane University’s President’s Council, The Academy of the Sacred Heart, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, The Water Institute of the Gulf, The Louisiana Nature Conservancy and most recently Matalin accepted an appointment as a visiting distinguished lecturer in political science at Loyola University New Orleans. Matalin was also co-chair of the 2013 NFL Super Bowl Host Committee.