A single mom of five, ranging in age between 7 and 17, she has been forging her own path her entire life. Matthews has served the communities of Ladson, North Charleston, and Goose Creek as state House representative of District 117 for the past four years while working full time at Boeing as an engineering planner.
Born and raised in Ohio as the daughter of a Vietnam War veteran and the granddaughter of a sharecropper, Matthews can trace her family roots right here to the Lowcountry, where her ancestors first set foot on American soil. Now, the new path she is paving for herself leads her all the way to Washington, D.C., as our next senator for South Carolina. (When she wins she will become the very first female US Senator from South Carolina.)
Matthews believes that working families are the backbone of our state. She was inspired to run for office in 2018 because she believed that people who look like her and come from backgrounds like hers are often affected the most and heard the least. At the Statehouse, she has been a champion for women and girls, veteran’s issues, economic development, and infrastructure. She currently holds leadership positions on several subcommittees, including the House medical affairs committee and House management and organization committee. Matthews has a history of leading on day one. When she gets to the US Senate it will be no different.
Matthews does not shy away from tough issues or people whose political allegiances lie across the aisle. When running for re-election in 2020, she had the backing of not only progressive party leaders like Stacey Abrams but also the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. Matthews is also a licensed gun owner who believes in the right of personal protection.
South Carolinians need someone who has been in the trenches: juggling life, work, and family. Matthews’s resilience and resolve to solving problems that affect working people’s lives, instead of doing the bare minimum, will help South Carolina turn the page from the past six years of opportunism and elitism.