Matthew Shea (Washington)

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Matthew Shea
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Washington House Of Representatives District 4b
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sGonzaga University
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Matthew Shea is a Republican member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008 and currently serves as State House Assistant Minority Floor Leader.


Shea received his BA in History/Political Science from Gonzaga University, and he continued there and graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law. Shea is an attorney who currently works for Keith S. Douglas and Associates, Limited Liability Company. He is also the co-founder of the Family Policy Institute of Washington. Shea is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Gonzaga University Army Reserved Officers Training Corps. Shea served in the 1-161st Infantry in the Washington Army National Guard as a Company Commander.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Shea served on the following committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Accountability and Oversight


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Shea served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Shea served on the following committees:


Presidential preference


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

Matthew Shea (Washington) endorsed Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential election. [1]



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Shea won re-election in the 2012 election for Washington House of Representatives District 4b. Shea was unopposed in the blanket primary on August 7, 2012 and defeated Amy C. Biviano (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Washington House of Representatives, District 4b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Shea Incumbent 56.7% 36,578
     Democratic Amy Biviano 43.3% 27,926
Total Votes 64,504


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Matthew Shea was re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives District 4a. He was unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary and the November 2, 2010 general election. [4]

Washington House of Representatives, District Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Matthew Shea (R) 24,709 100%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Matt Shea won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 4 receiving 58.47% of the vote (37,032 votes), defeating Democrat Tim Hattenburg who received 41.53% of the vote (26,301 votes).[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 4(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Matt Shea (R) 37,032 58.47%
Tim Hattenburg (D) 26,301 41.53%

Campaign donors

In Washington, there is a $1,600 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan House candidates.[6]


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Shea was up for re-election, he collected $56,904 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Matthew Shea's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Spokane County Republican Central CMTE $2,650
Spokane County Republican Party $2,000
Washington State Veterinary Medical Association $1,600
John Zapotocky $1,600
Mines Management Inc $1,600


Freedom Foundation

See also: Freedom Foundation's Big Spender List

The Freedom Foundation releases its Big Spender List annually. The Institute ranks all Washington legislators based on their total proposed tax and fee increases. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator. [8]


Shea proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $736,500, tied for the 88th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 93 Washington state representatives on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.[9]


Shea has a wife, Viktoriya.

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