||It has been suggested that Matthew Shea be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since September 2013.|
|Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 4th district
2008 – present
|Born||1974/1975 (age 38–39)
|Political party||Washington Republican Party|
First elected in 2008, he voted against the Washington State Gay marriage legislation in 2009. The legislation passed. In 2011, he joined a coalition of state legislators from various states opposing birthright citizenship. In 2012, Shea received the National Federation of Independent Business's Guardian of Small Business award for a 100% pro-small business voting record. He was reelected in 2012 with 56.7% of the vote.
Shea endorsed Ron Paul during the 2012 Republican presidential primaries.
In November of 2011, Shea "pulled a gun during a confrontation with another motorist...in what police reports describe as a road rage incident." The driver accused of road rage, by Shea and independent witnesses, stated in the police report that he "did not believe that the driver of the truck pointed a gun at him at any time." Additionally, the driver admitted that he "slammed on his brakes as the Ford Ranger was following him, in an attempt to cause a collision and potentially disable the truck." However, Shea was found to have let his concealed weapons permit expire "years ago". Although cited by Spokane Police for carrying a loaded firearm in his vehicle without a permit and for displaying the firearm in a manner to alarm others, he was charged in court with a single count of having a loaded pistol in his vehicle without a valid permit, resulting in the city agreeing to a stipulated order of continuance.
Shea has also been the focus of news articles related to angry outbursts at his legislative office and a report that he was disarmed by a commander while he served in Iraq due to anger management issues.
- Matt Shea's page at the Washington House Republicans website
- Spokesman-Review (Spokane) April 16, 2009
- "State lawmakers join debate on citizenship" Seattle Times January 6, 2011
- http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/jul/22/legislator-pulled-gun-during-road-incident/ July 24, 2012
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