u 2012 Washington General Election

Matt Shea

A candidate for State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley) in the 2012 Washington General Election

Party: Republican

Age: 40City: Spokane Valley, WA

Occupation: Lawyer

On this race: Shea declined to answer The Spokesman-Review’s 15-topic legislative candidate questionnaire. Shea’s biggest focus has been on what he calls “the battle to restore a God-honoring constitutional republic,” which is based on issues related largely to state sovereignty. Says county sheriffs should have authority over FBI and other federal law enforcement officers. Says firearms made and sold in Washington should not be restricted by federal laws. Says federal government should make payments it owes states only in gold or silver. Opposes same-sex marriage. Supports rule that require supermajority support to approve tax increases.

MATT SHEA

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.

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.

Military experience: 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.

Political experience: Elected to state House in 2008 and 2010. Serves as assistant ranking minority member on the House’s Labor and Workforce and Judiciary committees.

Family: Divorced and remarried. No children.

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Last updated: Nov. 13, 6:02 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Matt Shea (R) 35,555 56.74%
Amy Biviano (D) 27,110 43.26%
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OLYMPIA – Changing the way the state casts its Electoral College votes for president would be fairer to Eastern Washington voters, a Spokane Valley legislator said Tuesday. A Democratic leader, however, said the bill is a way Republicans could win the White House through gerrymandered districts without a majority of the popular vote. Read more

WA Lege Day 16: Electoral College change pushed

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OLYMPIA – A proposed law requiring parents to be notified of an abortion for any girl under 18 will get a hearing in a Senate committee this year, and possibly a full debate and floor vote. State Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, told a cheering crowd of anti-abortion activists Tuesday that a parental notification bill will get the first Senate hearing in years sometime during the next few weeks. Read more

Shea gun charge dropped

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Sullivan Road bridge failing, legislators told

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