Meet Matt Fridy
A life-long Republican and Reagan conservative, Matt represents House District 73 with a solidly conservative voice. He is staunchly prolife, believes in low taxes, and believes that the key to creating economic opportunity is getting the government off the backs of our small businesses and out of our personal affairs. Since his election in 2014, Matt has worked hard to enact conservative legislation, drafting and fighting for bills that eliminate the state sales tax on groceries, impose term limits on office holders, enshrine the rights of parents in the Alabama Constitution, and cut wasteful spending. And, Matt’s tireless work on behalf of conservative principles has not gone unnoticed, as he was recently named Vice Chairman of the powerful Judiciary Committee as well as a member of the newly-created House Committee on Fiscal Responsibility.
Matt began his fight for conservative principles long before his election to the House of Representatives. He is a former, two-term chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party and has served on the Alabama Republican State Executive Committee since 2001. Active at the grassroots level, Matt has volunteered on behalf of many conservative candidates, successfully managing campaigns for county commission, municipal, and legislative candidates.
Matt is an attorney with the law firm of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff, and Brandt, a full-service law firm, where he specializes in constitutional law, agricultural law, critical motion and appellate practice, and corporate litigation. He and his wife, the former Kimberly Arledge, a pharmacist, have five children, Jack, Beth, Cate, Emmy, and Carrie Mae. 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 presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the School Board of Evangel Classical Christian School. A past Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of the University of Montevallo’s National Alumni Association, Matt was also a founding member of the Association’s Junior Board of Directors. 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.