ACU Board Elects Matt Schlapp as Chairman

Published Date: 
Thu, 2014-06-19

Washington, DC - Today, the board of the American Conservative Union unanimously voted to elect Matt Schlapp as the ninth Chairman of the nation’s oldest and largest conservative grassroots organization.

Schlapp has served on the board of ACU since 2008, previously serving as First Vice Chairman. He was recently elected to the board of the American Conservative Union Foundation.

Said Schlapp, “It is an honor to be selected by the ACU board and to serve along with Carly Fiorina, who chairs our foundation. ACU has greatly benefitted from the dedication of its last two chairmen, David A. Keene and Al Cardenas. ACU has an important role to play in the conservative movement and our charge is to make ACU a 21st century organization while always embracing our founding principles.”

From 2001 to 2005, Schlapp served as President Bush’s political director during the re-election and previously as his deputy political director. During the 2000 presidential campaign he was a Regional Political Director with oversight of Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Schlapp left the White House to run the Washington, DC offices of Koch Industries, a company headquartered in his hometown and known for their philanthropy to free market causes. Schlapp’s Congressional experience began during the historic Republican wave of 1994 where he served Representative Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) as Chief of Staff for 5 years. During Schlapp's tenure, Tiahrt averaged an ACU rating of 98%.

Schlapp sits on several non-partisan and corporate boards including: The Hugo Wall School at Wichita State University, The University of Kansas Washington Intern Program, the 60Plus Foundation, Voter Gravity, and is an emeritus board member of the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver and the National Association of Manufacturers. He is also a member of the Order of the Knights of Malta. Schlapp’s political activism first took root at the University of Notre Dame, where he started a conservative student magazine. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A.) and Wichita State University (M.P.A.)

Matt and his wife Mercedes have five young daughters and are founding partners of Cove Strategies, a legislative, communications and political consulting firm. The Schlapps are parishioners of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.