Matt was born in Newport Beach, California. The son of a Marine Corps officer, he spent his early years in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Matt arrived in Virginia in 1969. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria and came to Fredericksburg in 1976 to attend Mary Washington College where he graduated with a degree in history.
Matt is now retired after 42 years as an insurance adjuster. He had been employed for the last eleven years with Loudoun Mutual Insurance Company.
Matt met his wife, Cindie, while at Mary Washington and they were married in 1979. Cindie is a retired teacher having taught German and French at James Monroe High School and Massaponnax High School. Before retiring she was the head of the Foreign Language Dept. at Massaponnax High School. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington. Cindie has received state and national awards for teaching.
Matt was first elected to City Council in May 2002 and served as the Ward 3 representative until 2010. After taking two years off he returned to City Council in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016 and again in 2020.
Matt and Cindie raised three children in Fredericksburg and now are the proud grandparents of six. Their daughter, Tara, who runs a lab testing our meat supply, and her three children, Zuri, Manny, and Tulia, reside in Minnesota. Son Brion, who is active-duty military, his wife, Lauren, and two daughters Julianna and Kendall, and son Sean, reside in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Their youngest, Joshua, lives and works in Richmond.
During Matt’s tenure on council, he saw the opening of two new schools, a downtown parking garage, a hotel, a police station, a community pool, and most recently a new multi-use stadium. He was very involved in negotiating the river easement to protect the scenic beauty of the Rappahannock River, the adoption of a citywide preservation plan, and the hiring of a city preservationist. In each case, Matt insisted the city go above and beyond meeting the letter of the law in “informing” the public, and actively engaging residents–addressing concerns, answering questions, considering suggestions, and explaining the costs and benefits. Through building a community consensus, these projects became a reality.