Governor's Conference on LGBTQ Youth

State Senator Matt McCoy

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, vice 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the passage of updated and modernized HIV criminal transmission legislation, making Iowa the first of 34 states with outdated and unjust legislation to do so. As vice chair of the Commerce Committee, he fights for initiatives to continue Iowa’s economic progress by helping small and local businesses grow and expand. Through the Infrastructure committee, he advocates for investment in state roads, buildings and other infrastructure critical to our state’s economic prosperity.

Matt is a member of the investment board for the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System and ex-officio member of the Capitol Planning Commission. He is a recipient of the 2014 Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network Legislative Award, Legislative Friend of Housing Award, the Ducks Unlimited Public Policy Award, the Sharon K. Malheiro Award from One Iowa for his leadership on LGBT issues, and the Outstanding Service Award by Iowa Health Care Association and the Iowa Center for Assisted Living for his efforts to protect Iowa’s elderly.

Matt’s civic participation has earned him numerous honors, including 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. The Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau has named him Outstanding Legislator, and Vision Iowa recognized him for his legislative leadership in 2009.

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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