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Matt Shea

A candidate for State Representative Pos. 2, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley) in the 2010 Washington Primary Election

Party: Republican

Age: 44

City: Spokane Valley, WA

Occupation: Lawyer

Education: Graduated from high school in Bellingham. Earned bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Gonzaga University in 1996. Earned law degree from Gonzaga in 2006.

Political experience: Elected to state House every two years since 2008. Serves as assistant ranking minority member on the House’s Labor and Workforce and Judiciary committees.

Work experience: Attorney at M. Casey Law since 2013. Formerly handled personal injury cases at Keith S. Douglass and Associates. Co-founded the Washington Family Foundation. Served 4 ½ years in the army, entering as a lieutenant in 1996, including eight months in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Later served 11 months in Iraq as a captain in the Army and Army National Guard. 

Family: Divorced and remarried. No children.

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On this race:

Elected Experience: Matt Shea is currently serving as 4th District State Representative.

Other Professional Experience: Army combat veteran with tours in both Bosnia and Iraq and currently practices at Casey Law Offices in Spokane, Washington.

Education: Prior to graduating “Cum Laude” from Gonzaga Law School, Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Gonzaga University while simultaneously completing the R.O.T.C. program there as a Distinguished Military Graduate.

Community Service: Matt is an allied attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, Vice Chairman for the Eastern Washington Army Advisory Board, a lifetime member of the VFW, and member of the American Legion. Statement: My campaign motto is less tax, less government, more freedom. Returning home having served as a combat infantry officer in Iraq, I was amazed at how much state government had grown and how taxes had risen.  I will support legislation that reduces government spending, promotes small business job growth, protects our right to bear arms, and lowers the overall tax burden.  I will also fight the attempt to nationalize our health care system through legislation opting Washington State out of that federal program.

I am endorsed by the Spokane County Republican Party and would be honored to have your vote.

Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Matt Shea (R) 24,709 100 %

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