On June 19, 2014, 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. From 2001 to 2005, he served as President Bush’s political director during the re-election campaign and previously as his deputy political director. During the 2000 presidential campaign, Mr. Schlapp was a regional political director with oversight of Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, and Oklahoma. He left the White House to run the Washington, DC offices of Koch Industries, a company headquartered in his hometown and known for their philanthropy involving free market causes. During the historic “Republican Revolution” of 1994, Mr. Schlapp was chief of staff to Representative Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) for 5 years. Schlapp is founding partner of Cove Strategies, a legislative, communications, and political consulting firm. 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.