Cross-Aisle Commitment

By Catherine Williams

The cross-aisle marriage of Mary Matalin P’17 and James Carville LL.D. ’13, P’17 has resulted in more than two decades of political commentary on every major television network and news organization, informing Americans across the political spectrum. When their daughter, Matalin Carville ’17, enrolled at the Colleges in 2013, the duo embraced HWS with enthusiasm. They have generously participated in two President’s Forums. Carville has also spoken at Homecoming Weekend and delivered the 2013 Commencement Address.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Matalin and Carville relocated their family from the Washington, D.C. beltway to Carville’s home state of Louisiana where they have been vocal supporters of the renaissance of New Orleans. Together, they have taken part in a range of environmental, educational, economic and cultural projects in support of the Gulf Coast.

Matalin is one of the most celebrated and popular conservative voices in America. As an author, television and radio host, and widely sought after political contributor, pundit and public speaker, she is noted for her straightforward manner and insightful political repartee. She served under President Ronald Reagan, made her mark as George H.W. Bush’s campaign director, was assistant to President George W. Bush, and assistant and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, making her the rst White House ofcial to hold that double title. A graduate of Western Illinois University, she attended Hofstra University School of Law.

Carville is a political commentator and media personality who is a prominent gure in the Democratic Party. Carville was the lead strategist for the successful election in 1992 of Bill Clinton as the 42nd president of the United States. A frequent political commentator, Carville is the former co-host of CNN’s Crossre. He has provided consultation to campaigns in more than 20 countries and teaches political science at Tulane University. A former U.S. Marine, Carville received his undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University.

Together, Matalin and Carville have co-authored two national, best-selling books including Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home, published in 2014.


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