Admitted to Colorado Bar 1970; admitted to SC Bar 1973. Education: University of Florida (B.A., 1964); Vanderbilt Law School (J.D., 1967). Served as an Infantry Platoon Commander in Vietnam. Received the Bronze Star with Combat V; the Navy Commendation Medal; and the Purple Heart among other medals. Licensed to practice law before U.S. and S.C. Supreme Courts. Has been married to his one and only wife (Kay) for forty-three (43) years. They have twelve (12) children, the last ten (10) adopted. Matt and his wife are members of First Baptist Church North Spartanburg.