Military man, family man, business and civic leader, Matt Murphy is a fourth generation Houstonian. A political outsider, Matt is a pro-family fiscal conservative with a proven track record of success. He is a fighter who stands on principle, committed to values of Faith, Family, Patriotism, and Building Stronger Communities.
Determined to make an ongoing, proactive impact in Houston, Matt has announced his candidacy for Texas House of Representative-District 147. His goal is to go beyond the typical promises of career politicians and focus on immediate and lasting results. He is running a “Campaign of Now,” precisely to unite and strengthen Houston’s communities throughout his time as a candidate.
Raised in the small town of Edgewood, Texas, Matt’s parents taught him early about civic-minded community leadership. The son of a firefighter and school teacher, Matt spent his summers in Houston at his grandmother’s side. He learned first-hand the positive impact a strong community can have on raising a child. Living the values taught by his family, Matt chose to serve our country in the U.S. Navy as a damage control fire fighter, and assisted in the decommission of the USS Kiska and later served on the USS Gettysburg.
Matt and his loving wife Rachel, a dietitian at a Texas Medical Center Hospital, currently reside with their courageous young son Shawn in the diverse Houston neighborhood of Riverside Terrace, where they purchased and restored an historic home.
After serving in the military, Matt played professional golf until retiring due to injury in 2004. Now, as a certified fire protection engineering designer, Matt continues to help protect lives and property. He also served as a Republican precinct chair for his neighborhood, and was actively working to restore the vision of Houston’s founders of equality and prosperity for all until his Faith and family were shaken with the news that he and his wife were going to have a baby.
In 2009, Matt and Rachel were blessed with their only child, Shawn. Sadly, he was born with rare birth defects that demanded three life-threatening surgeries during his first year of life. Presented with the option of terminating the pregnancy early on, Matt and Rachel resoundingly chose life. Inspired by his son’s resilience and determination, Matt committed to ensuring other families would not have to go through similar experiences alone. Partnering with Texas Children’s Hospital, he started the Shawn’s Anomaly awareness campaign, providing education, hope & help to families affected by birth defects.
Called to continue these efforts, Matt documented his transformative journey from an overweight smoker to an Ironman Triathlete. Uniting a strong, diverse group of fellow citizens, Matt’s efforts inspired others, garnered international recognition, and raised life-saving donations. Ultimately, Matt became a two-time Ironman Triathlete, and carried a flag draped with names of children affected by birth defects the entire 26.2 mile run. Today, Shawn is a happy and healthy 6 year old.
Matt’s commitment to community is further seen in his activism. He served as the chairman of a local neighborhood crime watch which, under his leadership, grew from four to four thousand homes in its first year. Serving on several additional city government committees, Matt founded another successful grassroots movement, called “Right To Fly”, and led the fight to restore free market principles and repeal the federal Wright Amendment in the US Congress. Matt was honored for his achievements in community leadership by Texas House Resolution 2132 in 2005.
Continuing his mission to lead by example and inspire communities to join in, Matt produced the short film documentary, Last Seat at the Dome, aiding efforts to preserve the Astrodome.
Winning six international film festival awards, Matt was sought out by the Urban Land Institute, and aided County Judge Ed Emmett with the planning of redevelopment proposals that will enable a new generation to experience the “8th Wonder of the World” as an economically viable public park.
Matt has a strong record of uniting diverse communities through his proven “Know Your Neighbor” initiative. This community strengthening program guarantees lasting victory for citizens all across Houston, bringing neighbors together and reinforcing bonds. Matt will walk hand-in-hand with citizen leaders across every neighborhood. When neighbors know each other, we build up stronger, safer and more prosperous communities across our great city.