Meet Matt Fridy
A life-long Republican and Reagan conservative, Matt brings a solidly conservative voice to the race for House District 73. He is staunchly prolife, believes in low taxes, and thinks that the key to creating economic opportunity is getting the government off the backs of our small businesses and out of our personal affairs. Not content merely to espouse a Republican philosophy, however, Matt has worked hard in the political arena to fight for his conservative values. He is a former, two-term chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party. He presently serves on the Alabama Republican State Executive Committee and recently completed a two-year term as a member of its Steering Committee. Active at the grassroots level, Matt has volunteered on behalf of many Republican candidates; most notably, he recently has managed a number of successful political campaigns, including April Weaver’s and Kurt Wallace’s campaigns for the Alabama House of Representatives, Marty Handlon’s campaign for Mayor of Alabaster, and Mike Vest’s campaign for Shelby County Commissioner.
Matt is a attorney with the law firm of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff, and Brandt, a full-service law firm, where he specializes in constitutional law, government law, critical motion and appellate practice, and corporate litigation. He and his wife, the former Kimberly Arledge, a pharmacist, have four children, Jack (7), Beth (5), Cate (3), and Emmy(6 months). They reside in Montevallo and attend Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where Matt serves as an elder.
An active community leader, Matt is a graduate of Leadership Shelby County, and, until recently, served as a Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of the University of Montevallo’s National Alumni Association. Matt was also a founding member of the Junior Board of Directors of the University of Montevallo’s National Alumni Association, and, in 2010, he was named the University of Montevallo’s Young Alumni of the Year. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Hands On Birmingham, a nonprofit, community service organization, and he served as a founding member of that organization’s Junior Board of Directors.
Matt graduated with honors from the University of Montevallo in 1998. He attended Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, where he served as the Executive Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude in 2001 and served a one-year appointment as a law clerk to United States District Judge Edwin Nelson. In addition to his work as a lawyer, Matt has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at the University of Montevallo.