Matt Schlapp is the Chairman of the Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC), the nation’s original grassroots conservative organization. During his 7-year tenure as chairman, CPAC has expanded its reach exponentially and launched critical initiatives in criminal justice reform, secure elections, and state legislative ratings for all 8,000 elected legislators in America. CPAC hosts dozens of additional events, including CPAC conferences throughout America and annual international CPACs in Japan, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil, with dozens of other countries joining the CPAC movement. CPAC’s national conferences, the largest of their kind, generate billions of Twitter impressions and are livestreamed on various platforms to millions of viewers around the world.
Schlapp and his wife Mercedes appear regularly on major news outlets as veterans of national politics with leadership roles in the Bush and Trump presidencies. They are quoted regularly in major media sites and write for various national publications. They host America Uncancelled on CPAC Now, a digital political show which was born out of the sudden rise of lockdown and cancel culture in 2020. Guests on CPAC NOW have included Mike Pompeo, Robert Lighthizer, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sec. Ben Carson, Sen. Mike Lee, Rep. Jim Jordan, Harmeet Dhillon, Ric Grenell, Nigel Farage, Salena Zito, Eduardo Bolsonaro, and everyday Americans coping with the negative repercussions of harmful government overreach.
Schlapp served as White House Political Director for President Bush and was a Regional Political Director for the 2000 presidential campaign. Before that, Schlapp served as Chief of Staff for five years to Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-KS); whose lifetime ACU rating is near perfect at 95%.
The Schlapps founded and currently manage Cove Strategies, a consulting firm which advises corporate, nonprofit, and political clients on elections, policy, and communications. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he started a conservative student magazine and a weekly political radio program. He also earned an M.P.A. at Wichita State University.
Schlapp is a member of the Order of Malta and the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board. Matt and his wife Mercedes have five daughters and are parishioners of The Basilica of St. Mary in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.