Matt Heinz

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Matthew G. Heinz
In office
January 12, 2009 – January 4, 2013
Preceded by Tom Prezelski
Linda Lopez
Personal details
Born (1977-06-06) June 6, 1977 (age 37)
Midland, Michigan
Political party Democratic
Residence Washington, District of Columbia
Alma mater Albion College (BS), Wayne State University (MD)
Profession Medical Doctor
Religion Lutheran

Matthew G. Heinz, (born June 6, 1977) commonly known as Matt Heinz, is an American doctor and politician from Tucson, Arizona. A Democrat, he was appointed by President Barack Obama in June 2013 to a Director of Provider Outreach, in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Heinz has been tasked with helping Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, with one aspect of his job to work with LGBT organizations across the country as they inform their members of their options in each state. For one or two weekends per month, Heinz continues his work as a hospitalist in Tucson, Arizona in an effort to keep in touch with the medical needs of his home community.[1]

Prior to his appointment, Heinz was a member of the Arizona House of Representatives from the 29th District. First elected in 2008, he took office on January 12, 2009, won re-election to his seat in 2010 and toward the end of his second term, he ran as a candidate for US Congress.[2]

Early life, education, and medical career[edit]

Heinz earned a BA in Chemistry from Albion College and has an MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine.[3] In 2000, he was granted a fellowship in vascular surgery at Harvard Medical School, where he conducted research. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Arizona and is a practicing physician at Tucson Medical Center.

Arizona House of Representatives[edit]


The 29th District, entirely located in Pima County, includes parts of Tucson and Littletown. It is reliably Democratic.


He ran for Arizona's 28th House District. He lost the Democratic primary, getting 23% of the vote. Steve Farley ranked first with 33%. Incumbent State Representative David T. Bradley ranked second with 33%.[4]


He then ran for Arizona's 29th House District. Term limits prevented incumbent Democrat State Representative Linda Lopez from running for re-election in 2008. Heinz was one of seven Democrats to file for the two house seats. In the primary election, he ranked first with 25% of the vote. Incumbent State Representative Tom Prezelski came in third with 16% and lost his seat, behind Heinz and second-placed finisher Daniel Patterson.[5][6] In the general election, Patterson ranked first 33% and Heinz ranked second with 32%.[7]


He won re-election 35% of the vote, ranking second to Patterson again, who got 37% of the vote.[8]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • House Appropriations Committee
  • House Public Employees, Retirement and Entitlement Reform Committee[9]

2012 congressional election[edit]

Following the resignation of incumbent Democrat U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Heinz announced his candidacy for the special election for the seat.[2] Governor Jan Brewer announced April 17 to be the date for the primary election, and June 12 for the special general election. Dr. Heinz lost the primary.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Heinz is openly gay[10] and his campaign won the support of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.[11] He is one of four openly LGBT members of the Arizona State Legislature, alongside Senators Robert Meza (D–Phoenix), Paula Aboud (D–Tucson) and Jack Jackson (D–Window Rock).


  1. ^ a b "LGBT Equality Means a Commitment to Health". Huffington Post. August 1, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b McCombs, Brady (January 31, 2012). "Arizona Rep. Heinz to run for Giffords' seat". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved January 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ "State House, District 29: Matt Heinz". Arizona Daily Star. 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  4. ^ "AZ State House 28 - D Primary Race - Sep 12, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  5. ^ "AZ State House 29 - D Primary Race - Sep 02, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  6. ^ "Arizona Secretary of State: 2008 primary election results". Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  7. ^ "AZ State House 29 Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  8. ^ "AZ State House 29 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  9. ^ "Member Page". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  10. ^ Rybka, Ted (2006-07-27). "Paging Dr. Heinz". Echo Magazine 17 (23). p. 16. 
  11. ^ "Victory Fund helps 71 candidates win across the U.S.". Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 

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