Matthew F. McHugh

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Matt McHugh
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Samuel S. Stratton
Succeeded by Louise Slaughter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Howard W. Robison
Succeeded by George C. Wortley
Personal details
Born Matthew Francis McHugh
(1938-12-06) December 6, 1938 (age 78)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Eileen McHugh
Education Mount St. Mary's University (BS)
Villanova University (JD)

Matthew Francis "Matt" McHugh (born December 6, 1938) is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.


Early life and education[edit]

McHugh was born in Philadelphia, but spent most of his adult life in New York City. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and Mount St. Mary's University, from which he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1960. He then attended the Villanova University School of Law, earning his Juris Doctor in 1963.

Political career[edit]

After several years of private practice in Ithaca, New York, he became the district attorney of Tompkins County from 1969 until 1973. For the next two years, he was a member of the state Democratic Committee.

McHugh was elected to the U.S. House in 1974, defeating his opponent, then-Binghamton Mayor Al Libous, a Republican, in the general election.[1] McHugh won the 1974 election with 83,562 votes, while Libous placed second with 68,273 votes.[1] He became the first Democrat to represent this district since 1915.

McHugh served in the House from January 3, 1975 until January 3, 1993. Although he was an avid civil rights supporter and member of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, McHugh was known for his bipartisanship. McHugh was a member of the House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families[2] during his final ten years in Congress. He had previously served on the Veterans' Affairs, Agricultural, and Interior Committees.

In 1992, McHugh chose not to run for reelection.

McHugh is currently a resident of Leesburg, Virginia. After retiring from the House, he originally worked as the vice president of Cornell University. He is employed by the World Bank.[citation needed] He also serves on the board of directors of free-enterprise advisory services firm, FTI Consulting.[3]

Matthew has 3 daughters: Alanna, Kelli, and Meg. He also has eight grandchildren: Meghan (Alanna's daughter), Elizabeth (Kelli's daughter), Jack (Meg's son), Allison (Meg's daughter), Ryan (Meg's son), Eileen (Kelli's daughter), Grace (Meg's daughter), and Patrick (Kelli's son).


  1. ^ a b Platsky, Jeff (2016-06-30). "Former Binghamton Mayor Al Libous dies". Press & Sun-Bulletin. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  2. ^ Children, youth, and families: Beginning the assessment. Hearing before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families; House of Representatives, Ninety-Eighth Congress, First Session[permanent dead link], United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC, 28 April 1984, Original document retrieved 19 January 2014 from ERIC at Institution of Education Sciences.
  3. ^ Board of Directors of FTI Consulting

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Howard W. Robison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th congressional district

Succeeded by
George C. Wortley
Preceded by
Samuel S. Stratton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th congressional district

Succeeded by
Louise Slaughter