Speaker's BiographyConnie Mack
Former United States Senator, Florida
Connie Mack, who represented Florida in the U.S. Senate for 12 years, currently serves as chairman emeritus of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. He was a leader on economic and health-care issues in the Senate and was Republican Conference chairman, making him the third-ranking member of the Senate GOP leadership. In 1996, Mack was considered by Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole to be his running mate. In 1994, Campaign and Elections magazine named Mack one of the 20 most popular elected officials in America, and as a House member, he was identified by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's most effective "new rising political stars." Mack is a board member of American Momentum Bank, Darden Restaurants, Inc., Mutual of America Life Insurance Co. and the Melanoma Research Alliance.