Matthew W. McCoy|
(March 29, 1966 - living) U.S.A.
Matt McCoy graduated from Dowling High School, received his BA from Briar Cliff College and is serving as Vice President of Community Development, Downtown Development Corporation. He became an Eagle Scout in 1981.
A Democrat, he has served in the Iowa Senate since 1996. He currently serves on several committees - the Commerce committee; the Transportation committee; the Appropriations committee, where he is vice chair; and the Ways and Means committee, where he is Vice Chair. He also serves as chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee. His prior political experience includes serving as a representative in the Iowa House from 1992 to 1996 and serving on the Polk County Conservation Board from 1988 to 1995.
McCoy was re-elected in 2006, defeating Republican opponent Nicholas G. van Patten. He is openly gay and was the first openly gay member of the Iowa General Assembly. His 2006 re-election campaign won the backing of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.
On March 14, 2007 McCoy was indicted by a federal grand jury for the Southern District of Iowa for allegedly violating the Hobbs Act. A trial has been scheduled for early October 2007. After several pretrial motions, the case was finally heard in December of 2007. On December 13th, 2007, he was found not guilty after only two hours of deliberations.
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