Matthew Hill

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Matthew Hill
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 7th district
Assumed office
January 2005
Preceded byBob Patton
Personal details
Matthew Joseph Hill

(1978-12-04) December 4, 1978 (age 40)
Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Amanda Nadine Jenkins (m. 2003)
ResidenceJonesborough, Tennessee, U.S.
Alma materEast Tennessee State University
Mass Communications
(B.S. 2003)
Northeast State Community College
(A.S. 2001)
ProfessionTalk Show Host

Matthew Joseph Hill (born December 4, 1978) is a talk show host,[1] co-owner of Right Way Marketing, LLC, and a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing the Tennessee General Assembly 7th House District (part of Washington County within northeast Tennessee).[2]

Early life[edit]

Hill was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the eldest son of Rev. Dr. Kenneth C. and Janet Hill, and grew up in northeast Tennessee, while attending public, private, and home schools at different times as a student. Hill graduated from Tri-Cities Christian High School[3] and then went on to earn an Associate degree from Northeast State Technical Community College during 2001.[4] Hill later completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from East Tennessee State University.[2][3]

Hill participated in the April 17, 1999 Bristol protest rally coordinated with International Action Center international protests against the U.S. military intervention during the Kosovo War.[5]

Hill married registered dental hygienist Amanda Nadine Jenkins in 2003.

At the time of his first campaign for the Tennessee General Assembly in 2004, Matthew Hill worked concurrently as operations manager of the Information Communications Corporation, Inc., while hosting "Good Morning Tri-Cities" on WPWT "PowerTalk" 870 AM for seven years[3] Hill is a children's radio show host of the weekday broadcast of the Bible Buddies WHCB Kid’s Show with Mr. Matthew[6] featuring Christian Rock music and had formerly hosted The Matthew Hill Show[7] nationally syndicated broadcast radio program that was also hosted online by the IRN USA Radio News network as a free archived podcast.[8][9]

His younger brother Timothy Aaron Hill is also an elected member of the Tennessee House of Representatives for the Tennessee House District that covers areas of Carter, Johnson, and Sullivan Counties within the extreme northeastern section of Tennessee.

Tennessee State Representative[edit]

Rep. Matthew Hill speaking during 2008 Republican primary debate, Jonesborough, Tennessee


Hill was first elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2004 as a member of the Republican Party. Hill was then a member of the Children and Family Affairs Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Domestic Relations Subcommittee, and the Public Safety and Rural Roads Subcommittee.

During the 2004 7th House District election, Hill was quoted by a local newspaper as stating that he "would only vote for an income tax if there was a war."[10]


A 2005 article within Business Tennessee Magazine cited Hill as a "...firebrand political conservative," who "...championed social issues to recently get elected to the state House of Representatives representing Johnson City and Washington County."[11]


Hill was first re-elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2006, defeating Fred Phillips, former Washington County Sheriff and Tennessee Department of Safety Director, in the general election.[12][13]

Among the 2006 legislation sponsored by Hill in the Tennessee General Assembly is HB2921, authorizing (upon passage) "...the display, in county and municipal public buildings..., of replicas of historical documents and writings" including the Ten Commandments religious displays. Former Rep. Jerome Cochran of Carter County introduced HB2921 in the Tennessee House Constitutional Protections subcommittee[14] – of which Hill is not a standing member – and Hill's HB2921 legislation died peacefully in subcommittee.[15]

Another 2006 bill introduced by Matthew Hill, HB2924,[16] would make child rape a capital offense, punishable by death or life imprisonment and would cost Tennessee taxpayers over $15 million each year to carry out the proposal.[17] Hill's HB2924 failed in both the House and the Senate during the 2006 legislative session. The Senate version of Hill's child rape bill, SB2490, was sponsored by State Senator Raymond Finney. Finney has stated since the defeat of both HB2924 and SB2490 within the Tennessee General Assembly that he "...does not plan to continue with his bill."[18]


Rep. Hill was among a handful of Tennessee General Assembly Members within the House of Representatives widely reported during 2009 as a "birther", demanding that U.S President Barack Obama be compelled to present Hill and other legislators with a certified copy of Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate.[6] Hill interviewed the nationally noted "birther" conspiracy advocate Orly Taitz at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville for a February 10, 2009 segment podcasted online by the IRN USA Radio News network during "The Matthew Hill Show.[19] [20]


The Nashville Scene reported on February 9, 2010 that Rep. Matthew Hill introduced his HB2683,[21] legislation that "...would transfer all commercial vehicle inspection and enforcement duties from the Safety Department to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority." The Nashville Scene article also observed that as Rep. Hill's father is a Tennessee Regulatory Authority Director, Hill's proposed TRA legislation would, "... In addition to all this new revenue from tractor-trailer tickets, the TRA and its directors also would gain fabulous new patronage powers under Hill's bill to fill positions outside of civil service for the next two years."[22]

Rep. Hill re-introduced Tennessee workplace legislation during 2010 as HB2685,[23] mandating that employees can only legally speak English at Tennessee workplaces.[24]


During 2011 Rep. Hill introduced his HB1705 nullification bill (sponsored in the Tennessee Senate by Senator Stacey Campfield SB1474) that would direct the Tennessee General Assembly to ...appoint a committee to review all federal laws and regulations for constitutionality; requires the committee to submit for a vote of the general assembly all federal laws and regulations it deems to be invalid under the Tennessee or federal constitutions.[25][26][undue weight? ]


In early 2017, Hill and State Senator Bill Ketron garnered national attention by proposing legislation that would free motorists of civil liability for running down political demonstrators.[27]

Hill amended a 2018 bill to strip Memphis of $250,000 after the majority-black city opted to remove the busts of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest.[28]


  1. ^[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b Matthew Hill, Tennessee General Assembly website
  3. ^ a b c and with the Appalachian Educational Communication Corporation, Inc. WHCB 91.5 FM "sister station" Matthew Listens, Matthew Hill campaign website archived by Internet Archive on March 17, 2004
  4. ^[permanent dead link] "Rep. Matthew Hill, Class of 2001, Outstanding Alumni Award Winner for 2012"
  5. ^ "Citizens Protest Bombings". April 18, 1999. Kingsport Times News. Bristol Herald-Courier.
  6. ^ a b "Tennessee Republicans get more unstable by the day"
  7. ^ "The Matthew Hill Show: The Way Talk Radio Was Meant To Be!" Archived February 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Internet Wayback Machine. IRN/USA News 'The Matthew Hill Show'. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  9. ^ "IRN USA Radio News Merger Gives Listeners 2500+ Air Waves of Fluff-free Radio: the Truth Listeners Crave".
  10. ^ "Patton, challengers square off in debate for District 7 House seat" Kingsport Times-News. James Brooks. April 16, 2004
  11. ^ "30 Under 30".[permanent dead link] Business Tennessee Magazine. Orr, Ruble & Smirnov. February 2005.
  12. ^ Kingsport Times-News article on Fred Phillips challenging Rep. Hill in the 2006 Tennessee House election
  13. ^ Phillips for the 7th
  14. ^ Kingsport Times-News article on Rep. Hill sponsoring Ten Commandments legislation
  15. ^ Kingsport Times-News article on the above bill dying in the House subcommittee
  16. ^ Limitations on Capital Punishment - Proportionality
  17. ^ Kingsport Times-News article on Rep. Hill's bill making child rape a capital offense
  18. ^ "Child Rape Bill Stalled". Archived May 23, 2006, at
  19. ^ "In State House, Another Obama 'Birther' Steps Forward", Wednesday, Mar. 18 2009. Retrieved from the Internet Archive, September 19, 2016.
  20. ^ "Tennessee Republicans get more unstable by the day", May 13, 2009. Retrieved from the Internet Archive, September 19, 2016.
  21. ^
  22. ^ A State House Zealot Shows His Shrewd Side
  23. ^
  24. ^
  25. ^ "Bill Information for HB1705"
  26. ^
  27. ^ Hickman, John (February 22, 2017). "To Kill A Protester". Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  28. ^ "Tennessee lawmakers punish Memphis for removing statues". AP News. Retrieved 2018-04-18.

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