McLarty Associates

Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, III is chairman of McLarty Associates, which he co-founded in 1998 following a distinguished record of business leadership and public service, including various roles advising three U.S. Presidents: Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter.

Mr. McLarty is also chairman of the McLarty Companies, a fourth-generation family transportation business. Additionally, he serves as senior adviser to the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, and as senior adviser to the law firm Covington & Burling.

As President Clinton’s White House chief of staff, Mr. McLarty helped enact the historic 1993 deficit reduction package, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Family and Medical Leave law, and the landmark welfare reform legislation that enabled more than 6.8 million people to move from welfare to work. He also organized the successful 1994 Summit of the Americas in Miami, which ultimately led to his appointment as special envoy for the Americas in 1997.

As counselor to the President Clinton, Mr. McLarty advised on a broad range of international and domestic issues. He traveled to the Persian Gulf on the president’s behalf to build financial support for the Bosnian peace process, led the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, and signed the peace accords that brought peace to Guatemala for the first time in three decades. Mr. McLarty planned U.S. participation in the 1998 Summit of the Americas in Santiago, and participated in several G-7 and APEC Summits.

Prior to his government service, Mr. McLarty was chairman and chief executive officer of Arkla, a Fortune 500 natural gas company. During his tenure Arkla grew into the nation’s largest natural gas distributor, with customers in eleven states and significant exploration and pipeline operations. Mr. McLarty was appointed by President Bush to the National Petroleum Council and the Council on Environmental Quality, and he was a member of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board from 1989 through 1992.

Mr. McLarty is a frequent public speaker, and has published numerous articles on U.S. trade and foreign policy. He has served on the boards of many corporate and non-profit institutions including as a director of Union Pacific and the Acxiom Corporation, and on the boards of the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund, the Council of the Americas, the InterAmerican Dialogue, Ford’s Theatre, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency. In addition, he serves as a senior international fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. McLarty is the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal; the highest civilian honors of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela; and the Center for the Study of the Presidency Distinguished Service Award. Mr. McLarty is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Arkansas.

In the News

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty in memory of Lorenzo Zambrano
Excelsior
May 26, 2014

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty on the late Mexican business leader Lorenzo Zambrano
The Houston Chronicle
May 24, 2014

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty on Gabriel García Márquez’s commitment to regional cooperation
Miami Herald
May 5, 2014

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty advocates for a bipartisan U.S. energy policy
Dallas News
April 7, 2014

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty argues why Democrats should support President Obama on free trade
Wall Street Journal
March 17, 2014

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty on fast track authority
USA Today
February 12, 2014

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty on the U.S.-Mexico relationship
Miami Herald
February 4, 2014

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty on the U.S.-Mexico relationship
Reforma
February 4, 2014

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty and Nelson Cunningham on the imperative of Trade Promotion Authority
Huffington Post
February 2, 2014

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty affirms the positive impact of Mexican energy reform.
Dallas Morning News
December 19, 2013

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty proposes a NAFTA 2.0.
Wall Street Journal
December 15, 2013

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty comments on President Obama and Hillary Clinton's 60 Minutes interview.
CNN
January 28, 2013

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty and Nelson Cunningham propose a novel approach to the fiscal cliff.
Washington Post
November 9, 2012

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty discusses President Obama's performance in the final presidential debate.
Wall Street Journal
October 22, 2012

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty prepares for Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention
CNN
September 5, 2012

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty discusses President Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention
Bloomberg Businessweek
September 4, 2012

Publications

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty comments on the outlook for the final two years of the Obama presidency
Wall Street Journal
October 20, 2014

Why Brazil is so much bigger than the FIFA World Cup
Thomas F. McLarty III
Miami Herald
June 17, 2014

U.S. poised to build on its successes
Thomas F. McLarty III and Nelson Cunningham
Miami Herald
April 12, 2012

A better process for federal appointments
Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, Bill Frist, Charles S. Robb and Clay Johnson
Washington Post
April 12, 2011

Letter to President Obama and Congressional leaders urging ratification of the Colombian and Panamanian Free Trade Agreements
Thomas F. McLarty, Jeffrey Davidow, Otto Reich, William Brock, Clayton Yeutter, Carla Hills, Mickey Kantor, Charlene Barshefsky, Susan Schwab, Harry Schlaudeman, Terence Todman, Viron Vaky, Langhorne Motley, Elliott Abrams, Bernard Aronson, Alexander F. Watson, Peter Romero, and Roger Noriega
March 2, 2011