AUSTIN -- The Travis County Republican Party Executive Committee elected a new county chairman Tuesday night.
Matt Mackowiak, a political consultant and executive vice chairman of the Travis GOP, receive 46 votes of the precinct chairmen voting on Tuesday's meeting. Don Zimmerman, former Austin City Councilman, radio show host, and Travis County GOP Steering Committee member, received 38 votes. The meeting was held at the Austin Public Library Cepeda Branch in East Austin.
The county chairman vacancy occurred when James Dickey won his bid to become chairman of the Republican Party of Texas on June 3. The position of executive vice chairman will remain vacant at least until the next scheduled meeting of the Travis GOP Executive Committee on Sept. 12.
“I am deeply honored to be elected to this leadership position and to serve all Republicans,” said Travis County GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak. “TCRP is in a stable position currently, with $50,000 in the bank, three staff, an office in north Austin, and with the success of our Reagan Day Gala in March which produced a $60,000 profit. My focus will be on electing more Republicans, growing the Party, and advancing conservative policies. We will work hard, but we must be united and we need everyone’s help. I am asking all Republicans to join us.”
Mackowiak was appointed vice chairman by Dickey in 2015 and was elected Executive Vice Chairman in September 2016. He is an Austin- and Washington DC-based political and communications consultant and President of Potomac Strategy Group, LLC. He has served in senior roles for two U.S. Senators and a Governor, in the Bush administration. Matt appears regularly on television and in print media in interviews, op-ed columns, and analysis segments.
Mackowiak previously served as Press Secretary U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), the fourth highest ranking member of the Republican Leadership, and former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT). He was also a senior communications adviser for Gov. Sean Parnell (R-AK) from 2011-2014. In 2010 Matt served as Campaign Manager for Bill Flores, the Republican nominee in Texas’ 17th Congressional District.
Matt is a Director of the Center for Public Policy and Political Studies at Austin Community College. In 2016, he was named a finalist for “Austin Under 40” in the Public Affairs category and he graduated from Leadership Austin’s 2017 Essential Class. After raising over $54,000 in ten weeks for cancer research, he was named 2016 “Man of the Year” runner-up for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, where he now serves as a member of their leadership committee. He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Texas Cowboys and for the Veterans non-profit Luke’s Wings and on the Board of Governors for Balcones Country Club. He serves as Vice President of the Texas Delta Chi Housing Foundation. He is a 2016 delegate to the British-American Project and a member of the Washington, DC-based Council for National Policy and the Headliner’s Club in Austin.
A native of Austin, Texas, Matt graduated with a B.S. in Communications Studies from the University of Texas in 2003.
In his free time, Matt enjoys sports, live music, reading biographies, and is an avid supporter of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Penguins and various University of Texas sports programs. He also edits MustReadTexas.com, a daily compilation of political news stories from the left and the right.