Matthew F. "Matt" Shaheen
|Texas State Representative for|
District 66 (Collin County)
|Assumed office |
January 13, 2015
|Preceded by||Van Taylor|
|Precinct 1 Commissioner for Collin County, Texas|
|Succeeded by||Mark Reid|
|Spouse(s)||Robyn Mathis Shaheen|
|Alma mater||Randolph-Macon College|
Southern Methodist University
|Occupation||Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services executive|
A native of Virginia, Shaheen received a bachelor's degree from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland near the capital city of Richmond, at which he received All Conference honors through the Old Dominion Athletic Conference as a player on the college Yellow Jackets football team. Shaheen also holds a master's degree from Southern Methodist University in University Park, Texas.
Shaheen is the former Precinct 1 commissioner for Collin County, one of four legislative positions in county government which encompasses North Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Celina, and northwestern McKinney. As a county commissioner, he served on the Texas Conference of Urban Counties Policy Committee and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department Advisory Committee. Then Governor Rick Perry named him to the Texas State Board of Social Workers, for which he was chairman of the board's Professional Development Committee and a member of the Ethics Committee. He has also served on the Plano Community Relations Commission.
A past election judge, precinct chairman, and delegate to Republican state conventions, Shaheen is the founding chairman of the political action committee, the Reagan Conservative Society. He is a member of the Collin County Republican Men's Club.
Shaheen won the Republican nomination for the District 66 House seat in a runoff election on May 27, 2014, with his intraparty rival, lawyer and businessman Glenn Brian Callison (born 1963), also of Plano, 54 to 46 percent. The district encompasses most of West Plano and parts of North Dallas. In that same primary, Susan Fletcher unseated Mark Reid, the Precinct 1 commissioner, who was appointed in December 2013 to succeed Shaheen, when he stepped down to make the state House race. Shaheen, with no Democratic opponent, then defeated the Libertarian Party candidate, Ian Michael Santorella (born 1980), also of Plano, in the November 4 general election. The departing representative, Republican Van Taylor, succeeded state Senator Ken Paxton of McKinney, subsequently the state attorney general.
In 2018, Shaheen won reelection by 378 votes to his fourth legislative term. With 34,142 ballots (50.3 percent), he defeated his Democratic opponent, Sharon Hirsch, who polled 33,764 (49.7 percent).
- "Biographical Profile for Matt Shaheen". vote-tx.org. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
- "Fletcher, Shaheen win in Collin County Republican primary". starlocalmedia.com. May 28, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
- "Election Returns". Texas Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
|Texas House of Representatives|
| Texas State Representative
for District 66 (Collin County)
Matthew F. "Matt" Shaheen