Matthew Shepherd

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Matthew Joseph Shepherd
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 6th district
Assumed office
January 2011
Preceded by John Lowery, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1976-02-21) February 21, 1976 (age 42)
El Dorado, Union County
Arkansas, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Alie Shepherd
Children Eli, Mary Kate, Libby Shepherd
Residence El Dorado, Arkansas
Alma mater

Ouachita Baptist University

University of Arkansas School of Law
Occupation Lawyer

Matthew Joseph Shepherd (born February 21, 1976)[1] is an attorney from his native El Dorado, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 6, which includes western Union County. He was elected in the 2010, 2012, and 2014 legislative races.[2]

In 2010, Shepherd claimed the District 6 seat by defeating the Democrat Ken Bridges, 4,780 to 2,074.[3] In 2012, still in the reorganized District 6, Shepherd to gain a second term defeated the Independent Peter Cyphers, 10,051 to 2,149.[4]

Shepherd graduated in 1998 from the Southern Baptist-affiliated Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia in South Arkansas. In 2001, he received the Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville. He and his wife, Alie, have three children, Eli, Mary Kate, and Libby.[5]

Shepherd endorsed Asa Hutchinson for governor of Arkansas in 2014. In his second bid for the office, eight years after his defeat in 2006 by Democrat Mike Beebe, Hutchinson defeated former U.S. Representative Mike Ross of Arkansas's 4th congressional district.


  1. ^ 91st Arkansas General Assembly Legislative Directory
  2. ^ "Matthew J. Shepherd, R-6". Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  3. ^ "House District 6 election returns, 2010". Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "House District 6 election returns, 2012". Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Representative Matthew Shepherd's Biography". Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
Preceded by
John Lowery, Jr.
Arkansas State Representative
for District 6 (Union County)

Matthew Shepherd

Succeeded by