|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 014 Mack Mattingly|
|Creator||Mattingly, Mack Francis, 1931-|
|Dates||2007 Februrary 15|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Mack Mattingly was born in Anderson, Indiana on January 7, 1931 and had a career in both business and politics in Georgia for many decades. In 1980 he became the first Republican from Georgia to serve in the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction. In this interview Mattingly discusses his entrance into politics with his role in the Georgia Republican Party as chairman of the 8th district for Barry Goldwater’s campaign, as well as his service in the U.S. Senate, working primarily on tax and trade policy. He also addresses his work with NATO and national defense issues surrounding the Cold War and the War on Terror. Other topics include his early years in Indiana, his Air Force service in the Korean War, and his long career with IBM.|
Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 014, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Mack Francis Mattingly was born in Anderson, Indiana on January 7, 1931. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He earned a bachelor's degree in business marketing from Indiana University in 1957. He worked twenty years for the IBM Corporation as Marketing Manager, and developed his own business, M's Inc. in Brunswick, Georgia. In 1964, Mattingly entered the Georgia Republican Party, serving as the chairman in the 8th district campaign for Barry Goldwater. In 1968, he became a member of the Republican Party State Executive Committee and served as vice-chair. In 1975, he became chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, a position he held until 1977. In 1980, Mattingly was the first Republican from Georgia to be elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction. While in the senate, he served as chairman of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee, and as chairman of the Republican Conference's Committee on Committees. He sponsored bills for military construction in Central America. In 1985, he introduced controversial legislation for the line-item veto, and served on the Select Committee on Ethics. Mattingly's interests were largely in trade issues and tax policy. He co-authored the tax policy plank of the Republican Party Platform. In 1982, he was appointed as a U.S. delegate to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Conference (GATT) in Geneva, Switzerland. He received the "Watchdog of the Treasury" award for the 97th and 98th Congress. In 1986, Mattingly ran unsuccessfully for reelection. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan appointed him assistant secretary general for Defense Support for NATO in Brussels, Belgium. He received the Secretary of Defense medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1988. President George H.W. Bush appointed him U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Seychelles in 1992.
Mattingly discusses his entrance into politics with his role in the Georgia Republican Party as chairman of the 8th district for Barry Goldwater’s campaign, as well as his service in the U.S. Senate, working primarily on tax and trade policy. He also addresses his work with NATO and national defense issues surrounding the Cold War and the War on Terror. Other topics include his early years in Indiana, his Air Force service in the Korean War, and his long career with IBM.