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Matt Robbins | Auto Care Association

Director of Government Affairs


Matt Robbins is Director of Government Affairs for the Auto Care Association, whose members contribute $381 billion or 2% of GDP annually to the U.S. economy and have 550,000 business locations coast to coast. He was most recently a political consultant and before that the President of American Majority, a nationwide non-partisan, non-profit organization which identified and trained fiscally conservative leaders and activists to be effective. American Majority trained over 40,000 individuals in 46 states during Matt’s seven years at the helm, over 3,000 of whom became candidates at local levels.

An experienced political veteran, Matt has been political director for the California Republican Party, a coalitions director on John McCain’s presidential campaign and the Director of Training at The Leadership Institute. Additionally, with years spent in public affairs representing associations, corporations, embassies and other non-profits, Matt possesses deep roots in the advocacy sphere. Matt was also campaign staff on President George W. Bush’s reelection campaign, has served as a “friendly-fire” analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, and has worked in both state-level races and state government.

Matt has personally spoken before and trained tens of thousands of political activists nationwide and in several foreign countries on campaign management, communications and party and candidate development. He has appeared in: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, Roll Call, The Daily Beast, Politico, The Laura Ingraham Show, IJReview.com, RedState.com, Mother Jones, The American Prospect, The Daily Caller, CBN, Boston Herald Radio, plus SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and scores more local radio and online outlets nationwide as well as numerous international media.

Matt is a proud alumnus of and volunteer trainer with The International Republican Institute, and The American Council of Young Political Leaders (on whose Board of Trustees he sits) and is affiliated with California’s Marian Bergeson Excellence in Public Service Series, Michigan’s Political Leadership Academy, and The Close Up Foundation in Washington, D.C. An Arkansas native with a degree from Pepperdine University, Matt blames the 1980’s newspaper comic strip “Bloom County” for an early, perverse interest in politics and its absurdities.

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