A life-long Republican and Reagan conservative, Matt has been a solid voice for principled, conservative leadership in the Alabama House of Representatives since 2014, serving in various leadership roles, including Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the Committee on Constitution, Campaigns, and Elections. Drawing on his background in constitutional law, Matt has fought to uphold our rights to free speech, due process, and the rule of law, all while working to keep the government off our backs.
Matt is an attorney with the law firm of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff, and Brandt, a full-service law firm, where he focuses on appellate practice with an emphasis on constitutional law, agricultural law, critical motions, and corporate litigation.
Matt is a magna cum laude graduate of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, where he served as the Executive Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. Following graduation, he served a one-year appointment as a law clerk to United States District Judge Edwin Nelson. Matt also served as a staff attorney on the Alabama Supreme Court and the Court of Civil Appeals for several years. Matt has served as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at the University of Montevallo.
In addition to his professional career, Matt has spent years in the trenches fighting for conservative principles. He served two terms as Chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party and began serving on the Alabama Republican State Executive Committee in 2001. Active at the grassroots level, Matt has volunteered on behalf of many conservative candidates, successfully managing campaigns for county commission, municipal, and legislative candidates.
An active professional and community leader, Matt is a member of the Federalist Society, serves as the Secretary of the Alabama State Bar’s Appellate Practice Section, and serves on the Court Liaison Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Shelby County and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the School Board of Evangel Classical Christian School, and he serves as a member of the University of Montevallo Foundation Board. Matt is a past member of the Board of Directors of Hands On Birmingham, a nonprofit, community service organization, and he served as a founding member of that organization’s Junior Board of Directors.
Matt and his wife Kimberly, a pharmacist, have five children, Jack, Beth, Cate, Emily, and Caroline. They reside in Montevallo and attend Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where Matt serves as an elder.