|Iowa Secretary of State|
|2011 - 2015|
|Predecessor||Michael Mauro (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||June 21, 2014 (U.S. House, Iowa, District 3)|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Associate's||Brigham Young University|
|Bachelor's||University of Iowa|
|J.D.||Creighton University School of Law|
|Date of birth||July 23, 1979|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 Contact Information
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Schultz' tenure as Iowa's chief elections official received the most attention for his July 2012 decision to approve emergency voter rules. He approved the rules without public input, saying they were necessary to ensure non-citizens couldn't vote in the November elections. Opponents, however, were concerned that the new rules would intimidate certain groups of voters, including Hispanics, and keep them from registering to vote. Under the new rules, Schultz would be able to remove voters from the state's registration database by comparing it with a state Department of Transportation list and a federal immigration list.
Schultz was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Iowa. Schultz was defeated by David Young for the nomination in the Republican convention on June 21, 2014.
Prior to becoming secretary of state, Schultz was an attorney and a member of the Council Bluffs City Council, a position he had held since 2005.
Shortly after receiving his law degree, Schultz worked as an associate attorney, first for Katskee, Henatsch & Suing and then later for Smith Peteron Law Firm LLP. In December 2007, he joined the Council Bluffs-based private practice law firm of Schultz & Watson, LLP where he operates as both an attorney and a partner.
- Associates Degree, Brigham Young University-Idaho (2001) in behavioral sciences
- Bachelor's degree, University of Iowa (2003) in political science (with honors)
- Juris Doctorate degree, Creighton University School of Law (2006)
Iowa Secretary of State (2011-2015)
Schultz stated that if elected as Iowa Secretary of State he would "incorporate the Federal E-Verify system, operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration," into the office's website. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows an employer to determine whether or not an individual is eligible to work in the country. Schultz argued that promotion of this policy would allow for "not only leveling the playing field for Unions, but making more jobs available to all Iowans.”
In July 2012, Schultz approved emergency voter rules without public input, saying they were necessary to ensure noncitizens couldn't vote in the November elections. Opponents, however, were concerned that the new rules would intimidate certain groups of voters, including Hispanics, and keep them from registering to vote.
Under the new rules, Schultz would be able to remove voters from the state's registration database by comparing it with a state Department of Transportation list and a federal immigration list. Any voters found to be listed as noncitizens would be notified of their pending removal and given a chance to prove their citizenship. Additionally, the rules would allow allegations of voter fraud to be reported anonymously. Previously such reports required a sworn statement, with prosecution possible if fraud was falsely alleged.
The Republican nomination was decided by a convention after none of the six candidates reached the 35 percent threshold required to make the general election ballot.
|U.S. House, Iowa District 3 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Source: Iowa Secretary of State|
- See also: Iowa Secretary of State election, 2010
|2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary|
|Republican Party||Matt Schultz||46.9%|
|Democratic Party||George Eichhorn||26.8%|
|Libertarian Party||Chris Sanger||26.0%|
|2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election|
|Republican Party||Matt Schultz||49.8%|
|Democratic Party||Michael Mauro||47.0%|
|Libertarian Party||Jake Porter||3.1%|
Comprehensive donor information for Schultz is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Schultz raised a total of $94,055 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 10, 2013.
|Matt Schultz's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Iowa Secretary of State||$9,815|
|2010||Iowa Secretary of State||$84,240|
|Grand Total Raised||$94,055|
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|Matt Schultz's Campaign Contributions|
Iowa Secretary of State
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$233,183|
|Top 5 contributors||Iowa Keystone PAC||$12,500|
|Donald & Barbara Coats||$5,500|
|Frank Brownell III||$5,000|
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Contact InformationCapitol Address:
Office of Secretary of State
1007 East Grand Avenue
Room 105, State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-8993
Fax: (515) 242-5952
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- Omaha World-Herald, "Matt Shultz wins Sec. of State office" 3 Nov. 2010
- SF Gate, "Schultz defends emergency voter rules to lawmakers," September 11, 2012
- Des Moines Register, "Elections chief Matt Schultz jumps into race for Congress," accessed February 5, 2014
- Iowa Republican, "Shocker: David Young wins GOP Nomination on Fifth Ballot (VIDEO ADDED)," accessed June 23, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Secretary Matt Schultz's Biography," accessed July 31, 2013
- The Iowa Republican, "Eichhorn, Schultz & Immigration" 17 May, 2010
- Matt Schultz for Iowa Secretary of State, "Promote Fairness Through E-Verify, Not Union Pandering" 3 Feb. 2010 (dead link)
- KCRG, "Legislative Committee to Meet on New Voter Rules," September 10, 2012
- US Election News, "Santorum Picks Up Big Iowa Endorsement," December 9, 2011
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- Quad City Times, "Iowa 3rd District GOP race will go to convention," accessed June 3, 2014
- Des Moines Register, "Congressional candidate Matt Schultz lands some GOP heavy hitters," accessed March 24, 2014
- Iowa Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
- Iowa Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Matt Schultz," accessed July 10, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Michael Mauro (D)
|Iowa Secretary of State
| Succeeded by|
Paul Pate (R)