Matt Goetten

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Matt Goetten
Matt Goetten.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 13
Prior offices
Greene County State’s Attorney
High schoolCarrollton High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master'sUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
J.D.Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Military service
Service/branchIllinois Army National Guard
Years of service1999-2005
Campaign website
Matt Goetten campaign logo
Matt Goetten was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 13th Congressional District of Illinois. Goetten was defeated by David Gill in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[1]


Goetten was raised in Carrollton in Greene County, Illinois.[2] He attended St. John’s Elementary and Carrollton High School.[2] He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. He later earned his Master’s Degree in labor relations.[2] Goetten received his law degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.[2]


  • 1999-Present:Illinois Army National Guard[2]
    • 2005-2009 Officer Commission, Judge Advocate General with the Illinois Army National Guard[2]
    • 2009: Deployed to Afghanistan[2]
    • Currently, Goetten is serving in the Illinois Air National Guard[2]
  • 2004: Elected Greene County State’s Attorney[2]



See also: Illinois' 13th Congressional District elections, 2012

Goetten ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 13th District. Goetten was defeated in the March 20 Democratic primary by David Gill.[3][4]

Frank Metzger and candidate Michael Firsching were defeated by incumbent Timothy Johnson in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.[1] The Democratic primary between candidates David Gill and Goetten was incredibly close, and in the end Gill narrowly beat out Goetten.[1]

U.S. House, Illinois' 13th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Gill 50.3% 15,536
Matt Goetten 49.7% 15,373
Total Votes 30,909


Goetten and his wife, Erin, have two children.[5]

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