Matt McCoy (politician)

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Matt McCoy
Matthew McCoy - Official Portrait - 85th GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 21st district
34th (1997-2003)
Assistant Majority Leader
Assumed office
January 13, 1997
Preceded byTony Bisignano
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 67th district
In office
January 11, 1993 – January 13, 1997
Succeeded byFrank Chiodo
Personal details
Born (1966-03-29) March 29, 1966 (age 52)
Des Moines, Iowa
Political partyIowa Democratic Party
Childrenson; Jack
ResidenceDes Moines, Iowa
Alma materBriar Cliff College
ProfessionVice President of Community Development, Downtown Development Corporation, President of Resource Development Consultants, State Senator
WebsiteSenator McCoy

Matthew W. "Matt" McCoy (born March 29, 1966) is the Iowa State Senator from the 21st District, which is composed of south and southwest Des Moines. A member of the Iowa Democratic Party, McCoy has served in the Iowa Senate since 1997. Prior to his service in the Iowa Senate, McCoy served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1993-1997.

McCoy is the first openly gay member of the Iowa Legislature.


McCoy graduated from Dowling Catholic High School, in West Des Moines, Iowa, and received his B.A. from Briar Cliff College in political science. McCoy serves as Vice President of Community Development, Downtown Development Corporation, and as President of Resource Development Consultants.

McCoy was a member of the Polk County Conservation Board from 1988 to 1995. He became an Eagle Scout in 1981. He is a member of the Interfaith Alliance, IPERS Investment Board member, and an ex officio member of the Capitol Planning Commission.

Iowa House and Senate[edit]

McCoy currently serves on several committees in the Iowa Senate – the committees on commerce, local government, transportation, appropriations (of which he is vice chair), and ways and means (which he also vice chairs). In addition, he serves as chair of the appropriations committee subcommittee on transportation, infrastructure, and capitals appropriations.

His prior political experience includes serving as a representative in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1993 to 1997 and serving on the

McCoy was re-elected in 2006 with 13,276 votes (66%), defeating Republican opponent Nicholas G. van Patten, and again in 2010.[1]

On March 14, 2007, McCoy was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly violating the Hobbs Act.[2] The charges, based on the testimony of an informant, stated that he attempted to extort $2,000 over the course of two years.[3] On December 13, 2007, he was found not guilty after two hours of deliberations.[4]

On January 31, 2018, McCoy announced he would not seek reelection to the Iowa State Senate and instead would run for Polk County Supervisor District 5, currently held by longtime Democrat John Mauro.[5] On June 5, 2018, McCoy defeated Mauro by a landslide in the Democratic primary.[6] Democrat Clarie Celsi of West Des Moines announced she would run for his senate seat. Celsi won the primary.[7]

Personal life[edit]

McCoy is openly gay[8] and was the first openly gay[9] member of the Iowa General Assembly. McCoy's 2006 and 2010 re-election campaigns won the backing of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.[10]

McCoy has one son, Jack, and worships at Plymouth Congregational Church.


  1. ^ "Official Results Report - 2006 General Election" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. State of Iowa. November 21, 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 14, 2006.
  2. ^ "McCoy Indicted On Extortion Charge". KCCI. Des Moines, Iowa. March 29, 2007.
  3. ^ "Iowa state senator indicted on attempted extortion charge". Mar 15, 2007.
  4. ^ "Jurors Reach Verdict in McCoy Trial". KCCI. Des Moines, Iowa. December 13, 2007.
  5. ^ "Longtime legislator Matt McCoy to run against John Mauro for Polk County supervisor".
  6. ^ "McCoy unseats Mauro in Polk County supervisor primary".
  7. ^ "Iowa primaries: Central Iowa legislative race results".
  8. ^ Ferkenhoff, Eric (April 18, 2004). "Iowa governor weighs fight on gay appointee". The Boston Globe.
  9. ^ Clayworth, Jason (October 16, 2006). "Contenders talk up plans for education, avoid sexuality". Des Moines Register.
  10. ^ "Matt McCoy - Candidate for Iowa State Senate". Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. Archived by the Internet Archive. March 28, 2007. Archived from the original on March 28, 2007.

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
67th District
Succeeded by
Frank Chiodo
Iowa Senate
Preceded by
Tony Bisignano
34th District
Succeeded by
Dick Dearden
Preceded by
Johnie Hammond
31st District
Succeeded by