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Matt Shea

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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Matthew Shea (Republican) is a member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 4-Position 1. Shea was elected to the office in 2008.

On November 26, 2018, Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib (D) announced Shea was removed from his leadership position as caucus chair. The removal followed the start of an FBI investigation into Shea related to a document Shea wrote about war and religion. for more information.

Shea received his B.A. in History/Political Science from Gonzaga University, and he continued there and graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law. Shea is an attorney who currently works for Keith S. Douglas and Associates, Limited Liability Company. He is also the co-founder of the Family Policy Institute of Washington. Shea is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Gonzaga University Army Reserved Officers Training Corps. Shea served in the 1-161st Infantry in the Washington Army National Guard as a Company Commander.

Education

  • JD, Law, Gonzaga University School of Law, 2001-2006
  • BA, History/Political Science, Gonzaga University, 1992-1996, Grade Point Average of 3.4

Professional Experience

  • JD, Law, Gonzaga University School of Law, 2001-2006
  • BA, History/Political Science, Gonzaga University, 1992-1996, Grade Point Average of 3.4
  • Attorney, M. Casey Law, Private Limited Liability Corporation, 2013-present
  • Host, Patriot Radio, American Christian Network, 2010-present
  • Company Commander, 1-161st Infantry, Washington Army National Guard, present
  • Associate Attorney, Casey Law Offices, Professional Service, 2009-2012
  • Associate Attorney, Keith S. Douglas and Associates, Limited Liability Partnership, 2007-2009
  • Legal Intern/Contract Attorney, Law Office of Heath M. Irvine, 2006-2007
  • Legal Intern, Law Office of Dan B. Johnson, 2002-2006
  • Captain, United States Army, 1996-2006
  • Grounds Keeper/Warehouse Stocker, Grizzly Imports, 1992-1995

Political Experience

  • JD, Law, Gonzaga University School of Law, 2001-2006
  • BA, History/Political Science, Gonzaga University, 1992-1996, Grade Point Average of 3.4
  • Attorney, M. Casey Law, Private Limited Liability Corporation, 2013-present
  • Host, Patriot Radio, American Christian Network, 2010-present
  • Company Commander, 1-161st Infantry, Washington Army National Guard, present
  • Associate Attorney, Casey Law Offices, Professional Service, 2009-2012
  • Associate Attorney, Keith S. Douglas and Associates, Limited Liability Partnership, 2007-2009
  • Legal Intern/Contract Attorney, Law Office of Heath M. Irvine, 2006-2007
  • Legal Intern, Law Office of Dan B. Johnson, 2002-2006
  • Captain, United States Army, 1996-2006
  • Grounds Keeper/Warehouse Stocker, Grizzly Imports, 1992-1995
  • Representative, Washington State House of Representatives, District 4 Position 2, 2008-present
  • Minority Caucus Chair, Washington State House of Representatives, 2017-2019
  • Candidate, Washington State House of Representatives, District 4 Position 1, 2018
  • Assistant Minority Floor Leader, Washington State House of Representatives, 2011-2016

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Ecology and Parks Committee, Washington State House of Representatives

Former Member, Environment Committee, Washington State House of Representatives

Former Ranking Minority Member, Environment Committee, Washington State House of Representatives

Former Member, Judiciary Committee, Washington State House of Representatives

Former Assistant Ranking Minority Member, Labor and Workforce Development Committee, Washington State House of Representatives

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee

Ranking Minority Member, Environment and Energy Committee

Member, Transportation

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, Law, Gonzaga University School of Law, 2001-2006
  • BA, History/Political Science, Gonzaga University, 1992-1996, Grade Point Average of 3.4
  • Attorney, M. Casey Law, Private Limited Liability Corporation, 2013-present
  • Host, Patriot Radio, American Christian Network, 2010-present
  • Company Commander, 1-161st Infantry, Washington Army National Guard, present
  • Associate Attorney, Casey Law Offices, Professional Service, 2009-2012
  • Associate Attorney, Keith S. Douglas and Associates, Limited Liability Partnership, 2007-2009
  • Legal Intern/Contract Attorney, Law Office of Heath M. Irvine, 2006-2007
  • Legal Intern, Law Office of Dan B. Johnson, 2002-2006
  • Captain, United States Army, 1996-2006
  • Grounds Keeper/Warehouse Stocker, Grizzly Imports, 1992-1995
  • Representative, Washington State House of Representatives, District 4 Position 2, 2008-present
  • Minority Caucus Chair, Washington State House of Representatives, 2017-2019
  • Candidate, Washington State House of Representatives, District 4 Position 1, 2018
  • Assistant Minority Floor Leader, Washington State House of Representatives, 2011-2016
  • Affiliated Attorney, Pacific Justice Institute, 2016-present
  • Member, Gun Owners of America, 2012-present
  • Member, National Rifle Association, 2007-present
  • Allied Attorney, Alliance Defending Freedom, 2006-present
  • Member, Gonzaga School of Law Alumni Association, 2006-present
  • Member, National Infantry Association, 2005-present
  • Member, First Cavalry Division Association, 2004-present
  • Member, American Legion, 2000-present
  • Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2000-present
  • Member, Gonzaga University Alumni Association, 1996-present
  • Member, Third Cavalry Association, 1996-present
  • Vice Chair, Eastern Washington Army Advisory Board, present
  • Board Member, Give Me Liberty Fund, present
  • Member, One Body Ministries, present
  • Member, Spokane Selective Service Board, present
  • Director, Burning Boots Trail Club, 2012-2016
  • Co-Founder, Family Policy Institute of Washington, 2005-2008
  • Assistant Scout Master, Inland Northwest Council, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 210, 2006-2007
  • Volunteer Legal Intern, Spokane County Prosecutor's Office, 2002

Other Info

— Awards:

  • 2015 National Security Eagle Award, ACT! for America, 2015;
  • Honor Corps, Alliance Defending Freedom, 2013;
  • Defender of Freedom Award, Citizen's Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR), 2013;
  • Top 10 Legislator of 2012, Citizen's Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR), 2012;
  • Guardian of Small Business, National Federation of Independent Businesses, 2012;
  • Cornerstone Award, Association of Washington Business, 2010;
  • Rookie Legislator of the Year, Everett Herald, 2009;
  • Bronze Star, United States Army, 2005;
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, United States Army, 2005;
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, United States Army, 2005;
  • Meritorious Service Medal, United States Army, 2005;
  • Order of St. Maurice, National Infantry Association, 2005;
  • Army Achievement Medal, United States Army, 2003;
  • Washington State Emergency Service Ribbon, State of Washington, Military Department, 2001;
  • Army Commendation Medal, United States Army, 2000;
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, United States Army, 2000;
  • Medal, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 2000;
  • Army Achievement Medal, United States Army, 2000;
  • Order of the Spur, SGM Lawrence C. Dunbar, Operations Sergeant Major, 1999;
  • Thunder Warrior Commendation, LTC Terry A. Wolff, Commander 3/3 ACR, 1997;
  • Hero of the Battle, Fort Irwin, National Training Center, 1997;
  • Commandant's List (Top 10% Officer Basic Course), United States Army Armor School, 1996;
  • Commendation (Outstanding Support of IMSO), International Military Student Office, 1996

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Avid hunter and fisherman.

State Bills
Elections

2018

General election

Incumbent Matthew Shea (R) defeated Ted Cummings (D) in the general election for Washington House of Representatives District 4-Position 1 on November 6, 2018.

General election for Washington House of Representatives District 4-Position 1
Candidate
%
Votes

Matthew Shea (R)
57.7
39,572

Ted Cummings (D)
42.3
28,963

Total votes: 68,535

Top-two primary

Incumbent Matthew Shea (R) and Ted Cummings (D) advanced from the primary for Washington House of Representatives District 4-Position 1 on August 7, 2018.

Primary for Washington House of Representatives District 4-Position 1
Candidate
%
Votes

Matthew Shea (R)
57.4
23,934

Ted Cummings (D)
42.6
17,766

Total votes: 41,700


2016

Elections for the Washington House of Representatives took place in 2016. The primary election was held on August 2, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The candidate filing deadline was May 20, 2016.

Incumbent Matthew Shea defeated Scott Stucker in the Washington House of Representatives, District 4-Position 1 general election.
Washington House of Representatives, District 4-Position 1 General Election, 2016
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Matthew Shea Incumbent 64.64% 43,914
Democratic Scott Stucker 35.36% 24,021
Total Votes 67,935
Source: Washington Secretary of State

Scott Stucker and incumbent Matthew Shea were unopposed in the Washington House of Representatives District 4-Position 1 top two primary.
Washington House of Representatives, District 4-Position 1 Top Two Primary, 2016
Party Candidate
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Scott Stucker
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Matthew Shea Incumbent
Source: Washington Secretary of State

2014

Elections for the Washington House of Representatives took place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Matthew Shea (R) and Josh Arritola (R) were unopposed in the primary. Shea defeated Arritola in the general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 4-Position 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Shea Incumbent 57.8% 25,114
Republican Josh Arritola 42.2% 18,372
Total Votes 43,486

2012

Shea won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 4-Position 2. Shea was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012, and defeated Amy C. Biviano (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.

Washington House of Representatives, District 4-Position 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Shea Incumbent 56.7% 36,578
Democratic Amy Biviano 43.3% 27,926
Total Votes 64,504

2010

Matthew Shea was re-elected to the Washington House of Representatives District 4-Position 2. He was unopposed in the August 17, 2010, primary and the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington House of Representatives, District 4-Position 2 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Matthew Shea (R) 24,709 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Matt Shea won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 4-Position 2 receiving 58.47% of the vote (37,032 votes), defeating Democrat Tim Hattenburg who received 41.53% of the vote (26,301 votes).

Washington House of Representatives, District 4-Position 2 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Matt Shea (R) 37,032 58.47%
Tim Hattenburg (D) 26,301 41.53%
Articles

Removal from leadership position and FBI investigation

Jan. 1, 1900

On November 1, 2018, the FBI said it was opening an investigation into Shea following the release of a four-page document titled The Biblical Basis for War. The document outlined what it labeled rules for war and terms of surrender, including an end to abortions, same-sex marriage, and communism. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the document was "a 'how to' manual consistent with the ideology and operating philosophy of the Christian Identity/Aryan Nations movement and the Redoubt movement of the 1990s." Shea said the document was part of a sermon and had been taken out of context. "It was a summary of a series of sermons on biblical war in the Old Testament as part of a larger discussion on the history of warfare," he said. On November 26, 2018, Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib (D) announced Shea was removed from his leadership position as Republican caucus chair. In a tweet, Habib said Shea's removal was linked to criticism about the document. On July 29, 2019, the state House announced it hired an outside firm to investigate Shea. According to The Columbian, the firm would be looking into "whether a member has engaged in, planned or promoted political violence and to determine the extent of his involvement with groups or people involved with such activities." On December 19, 2019, the firm released their investigative report, which included the statement that Shea "participated in an act of domestic terrorism against the United States." Shea was subsequently suspended from the Republican House caucus. At the time of the report's release, Shea was not expelled from the legislature and had not announced plans to resign. One of the other individuals named in the report contested the findings.