Matt Mackowiak, President of Potomac Strategy Group
Matt Mackowiak (Mack-o-VEE-yack) is an Austin and Washington, DC-based political and communications consultant and President of Potomac Strategy Group (PSG), LLC, which provides political consulting to conservative campaigns and media relations and crisis communications assistance to companies, groups and individuals. He has served in senior roles for two U.S. Senators and a Governor, in the Bush administration, and in winning campaigns, and has developed a deep network of media and political relationships nationwide.
In the 2014 cycle, Matt managed a statewide campaign for Texas Comptroller for House Ways and Means chairman Harvey Hilderbran, raising over $2.3 million and earning over 300,000 votes while winning 59 counties, ultimately finishing second in a four-way primary. He advised Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown, who won his contested primary by the third largest margin of any Republican statewide candidate. He also advised former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, who defeated 17-term U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) in a primary runoff, the first Republican challenger to defeat a Republican congressional incumbent in Texas in the state's history. From 2011-2014, Matt worked with PSG client Gov. Sean Parnell (R-AK) as a senior communications adviser, providing counsel on strategy, speechwriting and media relations. In 2010 Matt served as Campaign Manager for Bill Flores, the Republican nominee in Texas' 17th Congressional District. After winning a 5-way primary, Flores defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) by 25% in November, the largest margin of victory of the 63 winning GOP challengers in the 2010 cycle.
In addition to offering counsel to individuals and corporations, Matt appears regularly on MSNBC, Fox News, Sky News, BBC News and CBC-TV, and provides political analysis three times a week for KTBC Fox 7 in Austin. He is an exclusive columnist for The Washington Times, The New York Observer and The Hill newspaper and is a biweekly columnist for The Austin American-Statesman, with his column syndicated to over 200 newspapers nationally. His weekly national politics podcast, "Mack On Politics," which is produced in partnership with The Washington Times, has surpassed 40,000 downloads and features interviews with leading newsmakers.
- Previous Speakers
- Ken Paxton
- Upcoming Speakers
- Richard Trabulsi of Texans for Lawsuit Reform
- Chuck DeVore
- James Dickey
- Roger Williams
- George P. Bush, Texas Land Commissioner
- Gary Teal, TCRP Executive Director
- Tracey Carroll, TCRP Deputy Executive Director
- Paul D. Workman, State Representative
- Matt Mackowiak, President of Potomac Strategy Group
- Jay Wiley, 7th generation Texan, a constitutional conservative, and a small businessman.