Matt Wingard


Matt Wingard
Matt Wingard
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 26th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
August 19, 2008
Preceded by Jerry Krummel
Personal details
Political party Republican
Residence Wilsonville, Oregon
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Owner public relations consulting firm
Website www.mattwingard.com

Matt Wingard is an American politician in the state of Oregon. He won the Republican nomination to represent District 26 in the Oregon House of Representatives in May 2008.[1]

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Early life

Wingard received a BA in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Southern California.[2] He began his career as a television reporter in Yakima, Washington, for KIMA-TV.[2] He then served as a campaign manager and congressional aide to Congressman Doc Hastings who represents Central Washington State.[2] In 2001, Wingard returned to Oregon and worked as legislative administrator at the Oregon State Capitol before starting his own consulting company in 2002.[2] Wingard is the spokesman for the Oregon Connections Academy, an online charter school, that had an enrollment of 1,500 students as of 2007.[3] He has been a vocal supporter of school choice.[4]

Political career

In September 2009, Wingard announced his intentions to run for House District 26.[5] During the primary, it was revealed he was convicted in 2001 for misdemeanor assault of his son. Wingard said he did community service and the conviction was eventually expunged.[6] On August 1, 2008, incumbent Jerry Krummel resigned the office and Wingard was appointed to fill the remaining time of the unexpired term.[1][7] He then won the November general election with 50% of the vote, defeating Democrat Jessica Adamson (45%) and Libertarian Marc Delphine (5%). That election race was one of the top 5 closest in the state.[8]

During the Seventy-fifth Oregon Legislative Assembly Wingard accomplishments include authoring HB 2476 which toughens sentences against athletic coaches who sexually abuse their young athletes, the Bill was Signed into law August 4, 2009.[9] Wingard authored HB2512 which directs Department of Transportation to issue Fallen Public Safety Officer registration plates.[10] Wingard introduced House Bill 2754 bill to provide tax-credit scholarships to low- and middle-income children throughout Oregon failed to pass a key legislative deadline in mid-April.[11] Wingard has been a longtime supporter of school choice.[3][12] Wingard is a believer in “individual responsibility, limited government, constitutional democracy, property rights and the free market.”[13]

In February 2010 Wingard ignited a minor controversy when he extensively quoted an article during a speech on the floor of the Oregon House. Some claimed it was plagiarism but Wingard says he simply didn’t have time to cite his source.[14]

Personal

Matt publishes The Wingard Report, an online conservative newsletter and also is a frequent contributor to The Oregon Catalyst, an online conservative blog.[15] He has served on the Clackamas County Economic Development Commission and the Portfolio Options Committee of the Oregon Public Utility Commission.[2]

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