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Connie Mack III Political Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0330

Scope and Content

The records of the Connie Mack III Papers date from 1888 to 2018 and are largely confined to Mack's career in the U.S. House (1983-1988) and Senate (1989-2001). The collection also contains material concerning Mack's post-Senate activities and family history. Among the many record types, the collection contains correspondence, memoranda, legislative staff files, press releases, speeches, articles, schedules and calendars, trip files, campaign materials, photographs, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials. Major topics include Cancer research and early detection, health care, Everglades restoration, financial modernization, modification of the tax code, public housing reform, Major League Baseball (MLB) expansions to Florida, foreign affairs, immigration, and the Elian Gonzalez controversy.

Series 1: "Legislative files, 1982-2000" contains staff working files, project files, subject files, committee files, floor statements, legislative activity reports, record vote analysis reports, and VIP correspondence with Congressional colleagues and government officials, including the President of the United States. The series contains very few files from Mack's time in the House, primarily documenting his service in the Senate. Of special interest are the staff working files which document specific bills, budget appropriations, and topics related to pending or possible legislation. Documented here are internal discussions between Mack and his staff on the questions of the day as well as correspondence with other legislators and interested parties.

Series 2: "Constituent services, 1983-2000" contains a near complete record of constituent mail sent to Mack's office during both his House and Senate career. Also included are form letter libraries and edited drafts of responses from Mack's staff. The House mail is arranged based on a numeric system that was assigned to each response sent by Mack's office and is ordered roughly chronological. The Senate mail is organized by the staff member who responded, typically legislative correspondents, who specialized in particular subject areas. Most of the Senate mail is organized chronologically by the date of response, but some files are organized topically by subject. Aggregate statistical information is also included for some years.

Series 3: "Campaign and political files, 1981-1997" documents Connie Mack's political campaigns for the U.S. House and Senate as well as his other political activities and polling data. Also present are the files of Jorge Arrizurieta, who worked as Executive Assistant to Alec Courtelis (Finance Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida) during President George H.W. Bush's 1988 election campaign. The files contain correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, internal memoranda, campaign event information, various types of campaign literature, A/V material, and polling data. Other campaign material can be found in the Memorabilia series (campaign signs and buttons) and Press Office files series (press staff files, and photographs).

Series 4: "Schedules and travel, 1985-2000" contains Connie Mack's daily schedules and travel files detailing Mack's trips both within and outside of Florida including trip itineraries, staff memoranda, and drafts of speeches. Only a small portion of his House career is documented in these files.

Series 5: "Press Office files, 1888-2006; bulk: 1982-2006" contains files created by Connie Mack's Press Office including staff subject files, speeches and interviews, press releases and newsletters, photographs, news clippings, and audio-visual material (excluding 1982 and 1988 campaign material which resides in the campaign series). Only a small portion of material from his House career is represented.

Series 6: "Immigration case files, 1991-1997" contains immigration case files handled by Senator Mack's Regional Senate Office in Miami. The files are arranged alphabetically by the applicant's name and divided into two subseries by year (1992-1996 and 1997). The case files primarily contain requests for assistance in obtaining visas to the United States, mostly from Cuban citizens. Immigration case files are restricted indefinitely pending further review by the Libraries. Please consult with special collections staff regarding use of case files.

Series 7: "Post-Senate career, 2001-2018" contains files documenting Connie Mack's career after his retirement from the Senate. Many of these files come from a later donation by Connie Mack in 2016. Of special interest are the files concerning his service as chairman of President George W. Bush's President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform.

Series 8: "Family history, 1949-1954" contains photocopies of letters, notes, and telegrams that were mostly written by Connie Mack's grandfather, Hall of Fame Baseball Manager Connie Mack I (1862-1956) to Mr. Shannon Fife (American journalist, screenwriter, and humorist) of Lake Placid, NY. The originals were found in a bookcase in Senator Mack's personal office.

Series 9: "Memorabilia, 1916-2003; bulk: 1982-2000" contains a variety of memorabilia from Connie Mack's House and Senate career as well as personal items related to his family (especially his grandfather, Hall of Fame Baseball Manager Connie Mack I) including scrapbooks, photographs, news clippings, programs, certificates, awards, plaques, campaign/political material, and other artifacts.

Dates

  • 1888-2018
  • Majority of material found within 1983-2000

Creator

Access

The collection is open for research with some restrictions. Mail, including electronic mail, from constituents is restricted for thirty years after the mail was written. Please consult with special collections staff before accessing constituent mail older than thirty years. Reproduction in any format of constituent mail is prohibited. Potential privacy issues prevent the George A. Smathers Libraries from providing permissions to publish constituent mail.

Records of executive nominations are unavailable for public inspection for 50 years after creation.

Immigration case files are restricted indefinitely pending further review by the Libraries. Please consult with special collections staff regarding use of case files.

Usage Restrictions

Please consult with the archivist about accessing audiovisual materials. Some media formats may only be used pending reformatting.

Biographical/Historical Note

Cornelius McGillicuddy III, popularly known as Connie Mack, was a Republican politician who served three terms in the U.S. House (1983-1988) and two terms in the U.S. Senate (1989-2001) before announcing his retirement in 2000.

Connie Mack was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 29, 1940. He came from a long line of American politicians on his mother's side including his grandfather Morris Sheppard (U.S. Senator and Representative from Texas), step-grandfather Tom Connally (U.S. Senator from Texas), and great-grandfather John Levi Sheppard (U.S. Representative from Texas). His paternal grandfather was Connie Mack (1862-1956), former owner and manager of baseball's Philadelphia Athletics and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Connie Mack graduated from the University of Florida in 1966 with a degree in Marketing from the School of Business. While attending the university, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Following his graduation, he served as a community banker and President of the Florida National Bank of Lee County. He married Priscilla Hobbs in 1960 and together they raised two children, Debra Lynn Mack and Connie Mack IV. Connie Mack IV was later elected to the Florida State Legislature (2000-2005) and served as a Representative in the U.S. House (2005-2013).

Mack made his first run for public office in 1982 when he won the seat of the newly created 13th District (centered around Fort Myers). He would go on to win two more terms in 1984 and 1986. Connie Mack ran for Democratic Senator Lawton Chiles' seat in 1988. In a close election, Connie Mack narrowly defeated Democratic Congressman Buddy Mackay. In 1994, he defeated Democratic candidate Hugh Rodham (brother of Hillary Clinton) to become the first Republican Senator in Florida history to be elected to a second term. Declining to run for a third term, he announced his retirement in 2000. In 2005, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair the President's Advisory Panel for Federal Tax Reform.

Throughout his service in both the House and Senate, Connie Mack supported the passage of legislation related to health care, financial modernization, modification of the tax code, and public housing reform. A cancer survivor, Senator Mack was a strong advocate for cancer research, early detection, and treatment. He co-founded the Senate Cancer Coalition, served as vice-chairman of the national American Cancer Society Foundation receiving the American Cancer Society's Courage Award (1992) and the National Coalition for Cancer Research's Lifetime Achievement Award (1999). He served as chairman of the Joint Economic Committee and the Senate Republican Conference. Mack also worked to reduce government debt, co-authoring the Gramm-Rudman deficit reduction law and was instrumental in the passage of the Everglades Restoration Act.

Extent

409 Linear feet (414 Boxes and 3 oversized items)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Records from the political career of Connie Mack III, a Florida Republican politician who served three terms in the U.S. House (1983-1988) and two terms in the U.S. Senate (1989-2001) before retiring in 2000. The collection also contains material concerning Mack's post-Senate activities and family history. Among the many record types, the collection contains correspondence, memoranda, legislative staff files, press releases, speeches, articles, schedules and calendars, trip files, campaign materials, photographs, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials. Major topics include Cancer research and early detection, health care, Everglades restoration, financial modernization, modification of the tax code, public housing reform, Major League Baseball (MLB) expansions to Florida, foreign affairs, immigration, and the Elian Gonzalez controversy.

Arrangement

The Connie Mack III Political Papers are divided into nine records series.

Physical Location

Please note that this collection is housed in the Auxiliary Library Facility off campus and will require advance notice for timely retrieval. Please contact the Special and Area Studies Collections department prior to your visit.

Acquisition Information

The Connie Mack III Political Papers were donated to the University of Florida by Senator Mack in 2000. Additional material was donated in 2016 and 2021.

Alternative Format Available

Digital reproductions of selected items in the Connie Mack III Political Papers are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Title
A Guide to the Connie Mack III Political Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid created by Matt Kruse
Date
May 2017 (Updated September 2021)
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

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