Matt is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland, graduating from the University of Maryland with a BA in Government and Politics and attended Navy ROTC at The George Washington University.
Matt served on active duty as a career Naval Officer for 22 years; primarily as a Bombardier/Navigator in the A-6E Intruder, and as an Electronic Countermeasures Officer in the EA-6B Prowler. He finished his Navy career at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington serving as Operations Officer and then Executive Officer.
Matt accumulated over 2000 flight hours in multiple military aircraft types and received numerous individual and unit combat awards. He retired with honors from active service in August of 2010. He is a commercial rated pilot still actively flying.
He and his wife owned and operated Read Me a Story/Toy Stories, a children’s book and toy store for 15 years. He has been part of local organizations, including the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Rotary, Ferry Advisory Committee, Skagit Business Alliance, Anacortes High School Veterans Memorial and Financial Advisory Committee, in addition to serving on the Planning Commission.
Matt served 8 years as Anacortes City Councilmember (At-Large/Position 4) was on several committees including Public Safety, Traffic Safety, Personnel, Fiber, IT, Port/City, Lodging Tax, in addition to the Regional Fire Authority, Jail Task Force, EMS Task Force and Law and Justice Council.
He is married to the former Heather Hoak of New Canaan, CT. Matt and Heather have resided in Anacortes since 1999 and have two children Alex, 2012 AHS graduate, now a Naval Aviator flying the P8 Poseidon out of NAS Whidbey Island and Brittany a 2013 AHS graduate working at a top multi-national thoroughbred farm in Kentucky.