Matthew Wilson is a former public-school teacher and current Brookhaven attorney running to represent the residents of Georgia House District 80, covering parts of Brookhaven, Chamblee, and Sandy Springs.
Matthew was raised in a working-class family in Griffin, Georgia. His dad, a former police officer, was physically disabled when Matthew and his sister were just in kindergarten. His mom, a retired respiratory therapist, worked night shifts to provide for their family. Because of this experience, Matthew understands the importance of having access to quality healthcare and the tremendous impact loss of employment has on Georgia families.
Matthew was taught to value public service. Following his graduation from the University of Georgia, he worked at a middle-school as part of the national Teach For America program. He taught sixth-grade math, science, and social studies at a Title I school and saw firsthand the daunting challenges our educators face every day trying to close the achievement gap.
Following his time in the classroom, Matthew moved back to Georgia to advocate for sound policy at the state level. After working on a governor’s campaign, Matthew served as the legislative director for the State Bar Association, working closely with legislators to protect every Georgian’s right to civil justice.
With a law degree from the University of Georgia, Matthew now runs a law office in Brookhaven and is recognized as one of Georgia’s top young trial lawyers. He is also active in the community, serving on the boards for the Red Clay Democrats, Stonewall Bar Association, and Georgia Watch, a consumer rights organization.
Matthew lives in Brookhaven with his chocolate labradoodle, Henry, and is a member at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta.