Office Sought: State Representative, District 115
Occupation: Businessman and attorney
Rep. Matt Rinaldi of House District 115 was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2014 to represent the Northwest portion of Dallas County. Representative Rinaldi sits on both the Committee on Business & Industry and the Committee on Agriculture & Livestock. He is a strong advocate for limited government, pro-liberty and free market policies, secure borders, education, Second Amendment rights, and the protection of life. A 2015 Rice University study of over 1,000 record votes ranked him as the #1 most conservative legislator in the 150-member Texas House. He also was also the highest-ranked legislator in 2015 by several statewide conservative groups, including Texas Eagle Forum and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. For his work in defending life, he received the "Pro-Life Freshman of the 84th Session" award by Texas Right to Life.
Rep. Rinaldi joint- and co-authored many successful pieces of legislation that were signed into law, including: SB 1 (giving property tax relief to Texas homeowners), HB 11 (authorizing additional troopers for border security and strengthing smuggling laws, HB 283 (increasing government transparency by requiring certain governmental bodies to make audio and video recordings of open meetings available online), HB 937 (expanding 2nd Amendment rights to college campuses), SB 2065 (the "Pastor Protection Act," protecting 1st Amendment rights of religious freedom), and SB 652 (protecting franchisors from frivolous lawsuits). Rep. Rinaldi also proposed bills to eliminate or minimize the effects of Robin Hood on Texas public school districts. A strong advocate against illegal immigration, Rep. Rinaldi co-authored legislation that would repeal instate tuition for illegal immigrants, end welfare benefits for illegals, and penalize businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
Representative Rinaldi attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he graduated cum laude with a B.B.A. in Economics, and Boston University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude. He is currently a commercial litigation attorney and serves on the board of directors of a publicly-traded real estate investment trust in the hotel and hospitality industry.
Matt and his wife, Corley, live in Irving and attend St. Ann Catholic Parish in Coppell.