Mack McLarty

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Mack McLarty
17th White House Chief of Staff
In office
January 20, 1993 – July 17, 1994
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by James Baker
Succeeded by Leon Panetta
Personal details
Born (1946-06-14) June 14, 1946 (age 71)
Hope, Arkansas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (BA)

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty III (born June 14, 1946) is an American business and political leader who served as White House Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton. He is the president of McLarty Associates, a Washington-based consulting company, as well as chief executive officer of the McLarty Companies.

Early life[edit]

McLarty was born in Hope, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1969. He is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He worked through the ranks of Hope Auto Company, the business founded by his grandfather, Thomas F. "Mr. Tom" McLarty. After serving a term in the Arkansas House of Representatives, he concentrated his efforts on growing the family's truck leasing business, first called M&M Leasing, later to become McLarty Leasing. He expanded the family's Arkansas dealership network to locations in Hope, Texarkana, Magnolia, and Little Rock. He was urged in many Democratic Party circles to seek the governor's chair vacated by David Pryor in 1978, but he deferred to his friend and fellow Hope native, Bill Clinton. He was elected to the state legislature at the age of 24, serving a single term from 1971–1973 and served as chairman of the state Democratic Party, from 1974–1976."[1]

In 1976, he became the youngest member ever elected to the board of directors of the Arkla Gas/Arkla, Inc., a Fortune 500 natural gas company. In 1983 he became Arkla's chairman and chief executive officer. During his tenure, the company was recognized by Forbes, The Wall Street Transcript, and The Financial Times for management excellence, in addition to his automotive endeavors.[2]

He has a distinguished record of business leadership and public service, including various roles advising three presidents: Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

White House years[edit]

He served as White House chief of staff to Bill Clinton, from 1993 until 1994. In 1994, the president asked his OMB director, Leon Panetta, what was wrong with his administration and was told about the lack of order in the White House. McLarty was out. According to author Nigel Hamilton, "Panetta replaced McLarty for the rest of Clinton's first term—and the rest is history. To be a great leader, a modern president must have a great chief of staff—and in Leon Panetta, Clinton got the enforcer he deserved."[3]

McLarty is a lifelong friend of Clinton's, having been in the same kindergarten class. He was also a counselor to the president after leaving the chief of staff position; and was simultaneously appointed special envoy for the Americas until his resignation, April 24, 1998. He also served for five years on the National Economic Council."[2]

Serving as Clinton's "special envoy for the Americas," he was a key figure in the creation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), which was supported by the Council of the Americas, established by David Rockefeller, in 1965. He was a top official at the 1994 Miami Summit of the Americas, which laid the groundwork for this Trade bloc; as well as serving as a key liaison to Clinton for Rockefeller's Council in the implementation of this trade agreement.[4]

McLarty companies[edit]

The McLarty Companies comprises 11 automotive dealerships located in five states that generate in excess of $600 million. McLarty began his career building the company his grandfather founded, McLarty Leasing Systems, into one of the nation's largest transportation companies. Upon leaving the White House in July 1998, McLarty returned to the McLarty Companies, as its chairman.[2]




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  1. ^ "Advisory Board". Archived from the original on April 21, 2003. Retrieved 2004-05-11. . Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Asbury Automotive – Dealer Management". Asbury Automotive Group. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ Hamilton, Nigel (2007). Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency. New York: PublicAffairs. ISBN 978-1-58648-516-0. 
  4. ^ Rockefeller, David. Memoirs. New York: Random House, 2002 (p. 437). 
  5. ^ Thomas F. McLarty Elected To Union Pacific Board Of Directors. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  6. ^ : Investors in the Knowledge Industries. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  7. ^ Latin America Advisor Archived March 20, 2004, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  8. ^ "Inter-American Dialogue | Thomas McLarty". Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  9. ^ Intelligence and Risk Management Consulting. Retrieved 2010-03-16.[dead link]
  10. ^ "Center for the Study of the Presidency". Archived from the original on January 5, 2007. Retrieved 2004-05-11. . Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  11. ^ "Religions for Peace". Archived from the original on July 23, 2006. Retrieved 2004-05-11. . Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  13. ^ "Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)" (PDF). Archived from the original on February 27, 2008. Retrieved 2004-05-11. . Retrieved March 16, 2010.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Baker
White House Chief of Staff
Succeeded by
Leon Panetta