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Matt Shea

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

Party: Republican

Age: 46

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:

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.

Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
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.

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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.

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Biviano vs Shea, Taxes

Amy Biviano, a Democrat, talks about her stance on the requirement for two-thirds votes to approve tax increases. She is running for state House in the 4th Legislative District against incumbent Republican state Rep. Matt Shea, who declined to be interviewed.

Ad Watch: Mix-up in Shea mailer

State Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane, mailed a new ad to voters late last week that sharply criticizes media coverage of him and misrepresents his and his opponent’s positions on key issues. The race between Shea and Democrat Amy Biviano has become one of the most watched in the region, in part because of Shea’s misdemeanor gun charge for possessing a gun in his car without a valid concealed weapons permit and Biviano’s appearance in the “Women of the Ivy League” edition of Playboy magazine when she was a student at Yale University 17 years ago.

Biviano vs. Shea, Abortion

Amy Biviano, a Democrat, talks about her stance on abortion policy. She is running for state House in the 4th Legislative District against incumbent Republican state Rep. Matt Shea, who declined to be interviewed.

Biviano vs. Shea, Energy

Amy Biviano, a Democrat, gives her stance on a state law approved by voters that requires larger power companies to get 15 percent of their energy supplies from renewable sources, not including existing dam infrastructure, by 2020. She is running for state House in the 4th Legislative District against incumbent Republican state Rep. Matt Shea, who declined to be interviewed.