Matt (Matt) Schaefer (R-006)

State Representative Matt Schaefer

Matt (Matt) Schaefer (R-006)
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Capitol: 512.463.0584
FAX: 512.463.3217
District: 903.592.0900
Representative
Room E2.510 Capitol Extension 1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
200 East Ferguson Street
Tyler, TX 75702
Residence:Tyler, TX

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Bio

Matt Schaefer has broad and unique experience in the private sector and in public service. His work ethic, family life, and faith in God enable him to be a strong conservative leader for East Texas. Matt is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and in 2010 he served in Afghanistan near the Iranian border with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. In the private sector, he is self-employed working in real estate and law. He was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives, District 6 in November of 2012 after successfully challenging incumbent Rep. Leo Berman in the Republican primary. Born and raised in Texas, Matt and his wife Jasilyn are proud to make their home in Tyler. They met at Green Acres Baptist Church and were married there in 2001. Jasilyn currently directs the Apache Belles of Tyler Junior College. She is a graduate of TJC and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Tyler. Matt and Jasilyn remain active members of Green Acres Baptist Church. Growing up during hard financial times meant Matt learned to work at an early age. His first job was at 13 when he and his older brother Sean hoed weeds in peanut fields for minimum wage. Throughout high school Matt worked mowing lawns, fixing fences, hauling hay, and sacking groceries. He played football at Cisco Junior College before heading to Texas Tech to earn a degree in Finance. Matt paid his living expenses in college by running his own window washing business, working at an iron foundry, and as a bank clerk. After college Matt was employed in Tyler by U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, where he spent a lot of time listening to citizens in 43 East Texas counties. Upon Sen. Gramm's retirement Matt joined the Navy Reserves and attended law school at Texas Tech where he graduated with honors. After law school Matt's professional life has included- Serving as a military officer in Afghanistan and at CENTCOM in Tampa, Florida Running a small town legal business where he helped clients with a variety of legal needs Investing in real estate Working for a small oil and gas company Advising the chairman of the Texas Sunset Commission on major sunset bills including bills for the Texas Dept. of Insurance and the Texas Dept. of Transportation Serving as Sen. John Cornyn's East Texas Regional Director

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Jasilyn   DOB: 2/11/1976
Counties Representing
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