Member Biography

Matthew Hayden "Matt" Smith 

Sessions Office Position District Party
2013       37 Democrat
2014       37 Democrat

COUNTIES: Allegheny, Washington  


09/19/1972 -

Matthew Hayden "Matt" Smith (D-37) Parts of Allegheny and Washington Counties

Early Life:

Matthew Hayden "Matt" Smith, born September 19, 1972, Bethel Park, Pa.; son of Janice and James and Janice Smith; Bethel Park High School, 1991; Rollins College, B.A., history, 1995; Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1999; staff, Duquesne University Law Review; attorney; member, transition team, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato; board member, Allegheny County Airport Authority; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 2007-2012, not a candidate for reelection, 2012; elected, delegate, Democratic National Convention, 2012; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2013-resigned, June 21, 2015; president, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce; married, Eileen; three children.

Early Career:

Attorney and Senior Professional in Human Resources, Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships.

Member, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, American Bar Associations; board member, Allegheny County Airport Authority, Women and Girls Foundation, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, Senator John Heinz Historical Center.


Allegheny County Library Association State Elected Official of the Year Award, 2007; Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Patron of the Arts Award, 2010; Pittsburgh Magazine and P.U.M.P. (Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project) 40 Under 40 Winner, 2010; American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pennsylvania Government Award, 2011; Outreach Teen and Family Services Gala Honoree, 2012.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 2007, 2009 and 2011 terms; not a candidate for reelection to the House (2012); elected, delegate, Democratic National Convention (2012)

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania Senate 2013; minority chair: State Government Committee; committee assignments, Community, Economic and Recreational Development, Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Finance, Game and Fisheries, State Government (Minority Chair); appointed, Joint Conservation Committee, 2013-2015; resigned, June 21, 2015. 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


The Pennsylvania Manual, (2013-2014). Phillips, S. (Editor). (Volume 121). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; pages 3-35, 3-40. Biographies of Members of the Senate, page 3-21.