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Matt Schultz
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Iowa Secretary of State
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 5
PredecessorMichael Mauro (D)
Base salary$103,212
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$94,055
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sBrigham Young University
Bachelor'sUniversity of Iowa
J.D.Creighton University School of Law
Date of birthJuly 23, 1979
Office website
Personal website
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Matt Schultz (born July 23, 1979) is the current Republican Iowa Secretary of State. Scultz was first elected to the statewide position in 2010. [1] Schultz ran for re-election in 2014.[2]

Prior to becoming secretary of state, he 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.[3]


  • 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)

Political career

Iowa Secretary of State (2010-Present)

Schultz has served as the Iowa Secretary of State since winning election in 2010.

Illegal immigration

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. [4] 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.” [5]

Voting Rules

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.[6]

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.[7]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Matt Schultz endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [8]



See also: United States Senate elections in Iowa, 2014

Schultz was a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Iowa in 2014. He announced on May 29, 2013 that he would not be running for the seat in 2014.[9] Instead, Schultz ran for reelection in the 2014 elections for Iowa Secretary of State.[10] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Iowa Secretary of State election, 2010
2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary [11]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Matt Schultz 46.9%
     Democratic Party George Eichhorn 26.8%
     Libertarian Party Chris Sanger 26.0%
     Write-In 0.3%
Total Votes 164,817
Matt Schultz for Iowa Secretary of State Campaign logo
2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [12]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Matt Schultz 49.8%
     Democratic Party Michael Mauro 47.0%
     Libertarian Party Jake Porter 3.1%
     Write-In 0.1%
Total Votes 1,080,281

Campaign donors

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.[13]

Matt Schultz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa Secretary of State Not up for election $9,815
2010 Iowa Secretary of State Won $84,240
Grand Total Raised $94,055


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Schultz currently resides in Iowa with his wife, Zola, and their three children - Levi, Hyrum, and Kendra.[3]

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Contact Information

Capitol 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
E-mail: sos@sos.state.ia.us

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Preceded by
Michael Mauro (D)
Iowa Secretary of State
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