- Former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush
- Provides political commentary for NPR, CNN, Fox News Channel, and CTV (Canada)
- Executive producer of 41ON41, a documentary about President George H.W. Bush
- Expertise on presidential communications, speechwriting
Areas Of Expertise
- Domestic Affairs
- Media and the Press
- The Presidency
Mary Kate Cary, an Anne C. Strickler Practitioner Senior Fellow, served as a White House speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to early 1992, authoring more than 100 of his presidential addresses. She also has ghostwritten several books related to President Bush’s life and career and served as senior writer for communications for the 1988 Bush-Quayle presidential campaign.
Today, Cary is asked to write speeches, presentations, and reports for a variety of national political, corporate, and nonprofit leaders. Her assignments have included State of the Union responses, Republican National Convention addresses, and TED talks. She served as founding managing editor of the daily political news service The Hotline, as a staffer at ABC News’ This Week with David Brinkley, and as a columnist at U.S. News & World Report.
Following her tenure at the White House, Cary served as spokesman and deputy director of policy and communications for U.S. Attorney General William Barr and deputy director of communications at the Republican National Committee under Chairman Haley Barbour. She has been a member of the Judson Welliver Society, which comprises former White House speechwriters from both parties. She is also a member of the Jeane Kirkpatrick Society, a group of female writers and columnists in Washington, D.C.
Cary is the executive producer of 41ON41, a documentary film about President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States.