Senator Matt McCoy is the 2015 recipient of the Lee Staffords and Jared Ellars Advocate of the Year Award.

Matt McCoy is serving his sixth term in the Iowa Senate, after serving two terms in the Iowa House. He represents Senate District 21 which includes the southwestern and western portions of Des Moines, part of West Des Moines and Cumming in northwest Warren County.

Senator McCoy is an Assistant Majority Leader, chair of the Commerce Committee, and co-chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure & Capital Budget committee. He also serves on the Appropriations, State Government, Transportation, and Ways & Means committees.

During the 2014 legislative session, Matt led the passage of updated HIV and contagious diseases transmission legislation making Iowa the first of 34 states with outdated and unjust legislation to do so. He also worked with House and Senate leaders in capping tuition costs at Iowa’s state universities and helped introduce and move legislation needed for metro Des Moines. During the 2013 legislative session, Matt was the Senate Democratic leader for historic, bipartisan comprehensive property tax reform for small businesses in Iowa. On the Commerce Committee, he fights for initiatives to continue Iowa’s economic progress by helping small and local businesses grow and expand and working with legislators on healthcare access for low-income and middle class Iowans. Through the Infrastructure committee, he advocates for investment in state roads, buildings and other infrastructure critical to our state’s economic prosperity.

Matt’s civic participation and legislative leadership has earned him numerous honors and awards. He is a recipient of the 2015 Friend of the Fairs Award for his support of the Fairs of Iowa, the 2014 Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Civic Champion Award, the 2014 Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network Legislative Award, the Ducks Unlimited Public Policy Award for 2013-14, the Iowa Corn Growers Association 2014 Iowa Corn PAC Award, the Autism Society of Iowa’s Iowa Hometown Hero Award, and the Outstanding Service Award by the Iowa Health Care Association and the Iowa Center for Assisted Living for his efforts to protect Iowa’s elderly. Recent past awards include the Easter Seals of Iowa National Legislative Leadership Award, the Tai Dam Village Award, the Distinguished Service Iowa Award from the Iowa Federation of the Blind, and the Central Iowa Shelter and Services Hero for the Homeless Award.

Matt graduated from Dowling High School in 1984 and earned his B.A. degree from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa in 1988.  Active in the Boy Scouts of America as a child, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1981 and continues to support the Boy Scouts’ programs.

Matt has one son, Jack, and attends Plymouth Congregational Church.

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