Matt Mackowiak is a Washington, DC and Austin, TX based political and communications consultant and the
founder and President of Potomac Strategy Group, LLC, providing political consulting, media
relations and crisis communications assistance to campaigns, companies, groups and
individuals. Since he arrived in Washington, DC, he has served in senior roles for two U.S.
Senators, a Governor, in the executive branch, in winning political campaigns, and in the
private sector. Over his career Matt has developed deep relationships with national, state and
local media and political figures.
Most recently Matt worked with PSG client Gov. Sean Parnell (R-AK) as a senior
communications adviser, providing counsel on strategy, speechwriting and media relations
during the 2011 legislative session in Juneau.
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 for a GOP challenger in 2010.
In addition to offering counsel to individuals and corporations, Matt provides political analysis for the Fox News
Channel, MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News, BBC News, and radio stations throughout the country. Matt’s on-therecord
political analysis has appeared in Politico, the Washington Times, the Los Angeles
Times, Bloomberg News, The Hill, Congressional Quarterly, the Washington Examiner, the
Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, and on ABCNews.com. He
is a syndicated columnist and has had opinion columns published in the New
York Post, New York Daily News, FoxNews.com, Chicago Tribune,
Philadelphia Inquirer, Politico, Roll Call, Austin American-Statesman,
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Des Moines Register, National Review online, Congressional Quarterly
and on the popular blog sites The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post. Matt has lectured and
given speeches at the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, Texas Christian University, Georgetown
University, Catholic University, the University of Denver, American University and the University of North Texas.
From 2005-2009 Matt served as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (RTX),
the fourth ranking member of the Republican Leadership, and three-term former U.S.
Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT). Earlier in his career he was a political appointee at the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security for Under Secretary Asa Hutchinson and Assistant
Secretary Stewart Verdery, managed the second largest county in Iowa on the Bush-Cheney
re-election campaign, counseled corporate clients at international PR firm Burson-Marsteller,
and performed White House Presidential and Vice Presidential advance nationwide.
Matt is a Director of the Center for Public Policy and Political Studies at Austin Community
College, and is a sustaining member of MaverickPAC. He serves as a member of the Board
of Advisors for the non-profit Luke’s Wings and enjoys helping Becky’s Fund and USA
A native of Austin, Texas, Matt graduated with a B.S. in Communications Studies (Political Communication track)
from the University of Texas in 2003. Aside from his professional work, he owns and
manages the popular blog site www.potomacflacks.com, which the Washingtonian has
called “one of the best political blogs.” In his free time, Matt enjoys sports, live music,
reading biographies, and is an avid supporter of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh
Penguins and the University of Texas.