ISA is proud to welcome Mary Matalin and James Carville as keynote speakers for the 2014 ISA Convention.
Mary Matalin is one of the most celebrated and popular conservative voices in America. As an author, television and radio host, and widely sought after political contributor, pundit and public speaker, she 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.
Since that time, 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.
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-at-Large 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 also 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 five best books on public relations by The Wall Street Journal. Her most recent book, Letters to My Daughters 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.
James “The Ragin’ Cajun” Carville is America’s best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners.
His winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania, but his most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the presidency.
Carville is also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker, and restaurateur. His titles include All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President (with wife Mary Matalin); We're Right, They're Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives; And the Horse He Rode In On: The People
vs. Kenneth Starr; Buck Up, Suck Up... and Come Back When You Foul Up; Had Enough? A Handbook for Fighting Back; Stickin': The Case for Loyalty; 40 More Years: How the Democrats will Rule the Next Generation (2009) and his most recent, It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!” (July 2012). He also authored a children’s book entitled Lu and the Swamp Ghost.
Along with pollster Stanley Greenberg, Carville founded Democracy Corps, an independent, nonprofit polling organization dedicated to making government more responsive to the American people. Democracy Corps has conducted over 200 national, congressional and local surveys, interviewing over 220,000 American voters during the past 10 years.
Carville also serves as a Professor of Practice at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Today, the couple resides in New Orleans with their two teenage daughters, Matty and Emma, and numerous animals of various persuasion.