Connie Mack IV

Connie Mack IV
Connie Mack
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 14th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Preceded by Porter Goss
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 91st district
In office
Preceded by Debby P. Sanderson
Succeeded by Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff
Personal details
Born August 12, 1967 (1967-08-12) (age 44)
Fort Myers, Florida
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Bono Mack
Children Addison Mack
Connie Mack V
Residence Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2000-2004)
Fort Myers, Florida (2003-present)
Alma mater University of Florida
Occupation Marketing Executive
Religion Roman Catholic

Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV [1] popularly known as Connie Mack IV (born August 12, 1967) is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 14th congressional district, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes Fort Myers and Naples.


Early life, education, and family

Mack was born in 1967 in Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida to former U.S. Senator Connie Mack and cancer prevention advocate Priscilla Mack.[2] In 1993, he earned a B.S. from the University of Florida. He became a marketing executive.[3]

His father, Connie Mack III, represented the district from 1983 to 1989 (when it was numbered as the 13th District) before serving two terms in the U.S. Senate. He is a great-grandson of Connie Mack, the manager and owner of baseball's Philadelphia Athletics, and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is also a great-grandson of Morris Sheppard, U.S. Senator and Representative from Texas, and a step-great-grandson of Tom Connally, who was the Texas Junior Senator to Sheppard for 12 years (Sheppard's widow married Connally the year after Sheppard died).[4] Mack's great-great-grandfather was John Levi Sheppard, who was also a U.S. Representative from Texas.

Florida legislature

Mack served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2003, representing the 91st district in Fort Lauderdale.

U.S. House of Representatives


In 2004, Mack moved to Fort Myers, where he'd grown up, and entered the Republican primary for the 14th District. He narrowly won a four-way primary, which was tantamount to election in this heavily Republican district. He breezed to victory in November and was reelected in 2006 and 2008 with relatively little difficulty, though by somewhat smaller margins than those scored by Goss and his father.

Mack was considered a potential candidate against incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in the 2012 Senate election. However, he declined to run on March 25, 2011, citing family and his work in the U.S. House of Representatives.[5]


Mack is a vocal supporter of less federal spending and lower taxes. He is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.[6] Additionally, he is an original co-sponsor of a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget and has been one of the most outspoken opponents of federal bailouts.

Mack also has been a prominent advocate for greater congressional oversight of government activities related to surveillance. For example, he voted against George W. Bush's domestic eavesdropping program in 2006 and FISA Reform in 2007.[7]

Mack serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. In particular, Mack is an outspoken critic of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez,[8] and was one of the most vocal critics of the creation of the pan-Latin American TV network teleSUR.[9] He is also a member of the Congressional Cuba Democracy Caucus. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Mack helped secure over $81 million to expand Interstate 75 in Southwest Florida, a project of significant concern to the region.

Unlike many in his party (as well as in Congress in general), Mack has been a vigorous and outspoken defender of the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks.[10]

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
    • Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy
    • Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management
    • Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending

2012 U.S. Senate election

On October 26, 2011, it was announced Mack had changed his mind regarding a challenge to Bill Nelson and that he will indeed seek the Republican nomination. Mack's spokesman cited the fact that he felt no one in the current field was able to defeat Nelson. [11]

Electoral history

Florida's 14th congressional district: Results 2004–2008[12]
Year Republican Votes Pct Democrat Votes Pct Other Votes Pct
2004 Connie Mack 226,622 67.6% Robert M. Neeld 108,672 32.4%
2006 Connie Mack (incumb.) 151,615 64.4% Robert M. Neeld 83,920 35.6% Write-in 4 0%
2008 Connie Mack (incumb.) 224,602 59.4% Robert M. Neeld 93,590 24.8% Burt Saunders 54,750 14.5%
2010 Connie Mack (incumb.) 188,341 68.6% James L. Roach 74,525 27.1% William Maverick St. Claire 11,825 4.3%

Personal life

Mack was married in 1996 and had two children before divorcing in 2006.[1] Mack married California Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack in 2007.


External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Porter Goss
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 14th congressional district

January 3, 2005 – present
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Cathy McMorris
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Kenny Marchant

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