Brian Matthews

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Brian Matthews
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 25
Bachelor'sSt. Olaf College, 1974
Master'sPhillips Graduate Institute, 1994
Date of birthJanuary 24, 1953
Place of birthYork, PA
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Campaign website
Brian Matthews was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 25th Congressional District of Texas.[1]


Campaign themes


Matthews's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "The free-market is over-taxed and over-regulated. Our Job creators, entrepreneurs and businesses, are so shackled by federal mandates and taxes that they are not really “free” to expand and employ."
  • National Defense
Excerpt: "This is not a time to make our military weaker! This is a time to strengthen and modernize."
  • Budget
Excerpt: "The budget of The United States of America must not be allowed to become a vehicle for greed and irresponsible spending in the present. There is a morality to how our leaders choose to spend the citizen’s taxes. If they are spending more than they are receiving, they are passing on debt to our children and grandchildren, or printing devalued, additional money via the Federal Reserve which causes rising prices on all Americans. That is stealing!"
  • Education
Excerpt: "The federal government has exceeded its Constitutional power and taken on a role in the educational life of our Families it was never supposed to have! The individual States and local communities are supposed to be Free to determine and implement education as they see fit."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "America is the land of immigrants. We are ethnically diverse but united on the Constitutional principles of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. America is unique in welcoming people from all over the world who share our core foundational principles and abide by our rule of law."



See also: Texas' 25th Congressional District elections, 2012

Matthews ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 25th District. He was defeated by Wes Riddle and Roger Williams in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012.[3][4]

U.S. House, Texas District 25 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Williams 25.1% 12,894
Green check mark transparent.pngWes Riddle 14.6% 7,481
Justin Hewlett 12% 6,178
Dave Garrison 11.9% 6,133
Michael Williams 10.5% 5,392
Dianne Costa 9.4% 4,810
Brian Matthews 3.6% 1,824
Charlie Holcomb 3.3% 1,690
Chad Wilbanks 3.1% 1,593
Bill Burch 3.1% 1,575
James Dillon 2.3% 1,174
Ernie Beltz, Jr. 1.2% 596
Total Votes 51,340

Campaign donors

As of May 9, 2012, Matthews raised $24,168 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $20,138, leaving him with $4,026 cash on hand. Of that, 99 percent came from individual contributions, while another one percent came from PAC contributions.[5]


Matthews and his wife, Leslee, have five children.[6]

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