Clinton Porter Hackney is a government affairs lawyer in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas and has consistently been designated by his peers as one of “America’s Best Lawyers” in the field of Government Relations. Mr. Hackney received a degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University in 1974 and then served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army. He later studied Comparative Laws at Oxford and eventually earned a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. Hackney practiced law in Houston where he was also elected to represent a district in the Texas House of Representatives at the age of 28. There he served as Chairman of the House Elections Committee, as well as later serving as Chairman of the House Energy Committee. In 1990 Mr. Hackney opened offices in Austin and Washington, D.C. to use his expertise in government and public policy. Through the years he has been a political commentator on the Texas State Radio Network, served on numerous Boards and Commissions and developed a series of short stories for “Tales of American Political History.” He and his wife, Susan, reside in Austin, Texas.

Clinton speaks on the following three topics:

Fifty Sovereign States
Or One United Country

This speech is an entertaining discussion of the natural friction caused by the conflict between states’ rights and Washington in light of the conflict’s historical context.

Federalism:  From Homeowners Associations To The U.S. Congress

This provocative take on how our governments work highlights what’s good and bad about governing ourselves ‘The American Way.’

Can American
Democracy Last?

The American democracy has outlasted all others because Americans work together to keep it going, but with world mobilization and today’s incredibly rapid changes, can it continue?