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Matt Shea

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

Party: Republican

Age: 43

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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Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Matt Shea (R) 16,857 59.65%
Amy Biviano (D) 11,404 40.35%

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Amy Biviano

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