u 2012 Washington Primary

Matt Shea

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

Party: Republican

Age: 41City: 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.

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: Aug. 10, 10:57 a.m. Election results

Matt Shea (R) 16,857 59.65%
Amy Biviano (D) 11,404 40.35%
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State Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, is refusing to remove a picture of his election opponent’s home from his Facebook page. Amy Biviano, the Democrat who is challenging Shea’s election bid, said Friday that she left voicemails with Shea and with Spokane County Republican Party… Read more

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1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? My background as a CPA and a public school volunteer gives me the right blend of small business experience, family values and educational advocacy to be an effective voice for all residents of our community. Read more

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Republican Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has given a boost to the campaign of a Democrat running for state Legislature in Spokane Valley, a move that highlights division in the Republican Party about incumbent state Rep. Matt Shea. Knezovich gave permission to Amy Biviano, who is challenging Shea’s re-election bid, to use a quote praising her position on domestic violence issues on her campaign material. He also agreed to be photographed shaking her hand in front of the Spokane County Courthouse. Read more

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Daniele Modderman serves as House page

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In brief: Same-sex marriage gets House panel OK

OLYMPIA – By a single vote, a House panel passed a proposal to allow same-sex marriage after rejecting a Spokane Valley legislator’s efforts to change it. Republican Rep. Matt Shea argued that all business owners with a religious objection to same-sex marriage need absolute protection from any civil suit for refusing to participate. That’s in keeping with the state constitution’s guarantee of “absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment,” he said. Read more

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