Matt Gaetz Biography – Matt Gaetz Wiki
Matt Gaetz (born Matthew Louis Gaetz II) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Florida’s 1st congressional district since 2017. He represented Florida’s 4th House district in the Florida House of Representatives from 2010 to 2016. He was elected to the U.S. House in 2016, and reelected in 2018 and 2020.
Prior to serving in Congress, Matt worked as an attorney in Northwest Florida with the Keefe, Anchors & Gordon law firm, where he advocated for a more open and transparent government. In 2010, Matt was elected to serve in the Florida House of Representatives to represent portions of Okaloosa and Santa Rosa county. He was chairman of the Finance and Tax Committee, where he authored and passed $1 billion in tax cuts, all while balancing the state budget and repealing or replacing over 4,000 regulations. Matt also served as chairman of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, where he authored and passed some of America’s toughest penalties against violent sexual predators.
Matt graduated from Niceville High School in Niceville, Florida. He went on to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary sciences. After finishing his undergraduate studies, Matt moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, to attend William & Mary Law School, where he received his Juris Doctorate.
Matt Gaetz Investigation
Rep. Matt Gaetz is under investigation by the Justice Department over allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old in 2019 and paid for her to travel with him, according to The New York Times citing three people briefed on the matter. Investigators are examining whether Mr. Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws. The investigation was opened in the final months of the Trump administration under Attorney General William P. Barr.
On March 30, 2021, the congressman denied wrongdoing, saying in a statement: “Over the past several weeks my family and I have been victims of an organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name.
“We have been cooperating with federal authorities in this matter and my father has even been wearing a wire at the FBI’s direction to catch these criminals. The planted leak to the FBI tonight was intended to thwart that investigation.
“No part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets of the ongoing extortion investigation.
“I demand the DOJ immediately release the tapes, made at their direction, which implicate their former colleague in crimes against me based on false allegations.”
Matt Gaetz Family
Matt Gaetz was born to Don and Vicky Gaetz. He is a third-generation politician. His father, Don Gaetz, is a Republican politician who was elected in 2006 to the Florida Senate. From 2012 to 2014, Don Gaetz served as president of the Florida Senate. His grandfather, S.J. “Jerry” Gaetz, was the mayor of Rugby, North Carolina, from 1958 to 1964 and served in the North Dakota Senate in 1964, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jerry Gaetz died in 1964 at the state GOP convention after giving a speech endorsing Barry Goldwater for president, according to Mother Jones.
Matt Gaetz Net Worth
Matt Gaetz’s net worth is estimated to be $1 million. According to a financial disclosure form Gaetz filed in 2016, he had a net worth of $388,000. He donated $200,000 of his own money to his congressional campaign. He also resigned from two Florida House political action committees he had started and chaired; the PACs closed down and transferred $380,000 to a federal super-PAC, North Florida Neighbors, whose purpose was to support Gaetz’s congressional campaign. In 2006, his father, Don Gaetz, had a net worth of $25 million and his 2014 financial disclosure form show he had a net worth of $26,077,370 as of June 27, 2014.
Matt Gaetz Age
Matt Gaetz was born on May 7, 1982, in Hollywood, Florida, Uited States. He grew up in the Fort Walton Beach area.
Matt Gaetz Wife
Has Matt Gaetz been married? It is unclear.
Matt Gaetz Wife Erin Gaetz
Erin Gaetz is not Matt Gaetz’s wife but his younger sister. Erin was director of digital content for the 2016 presidential campaign of Jeb Bush.
Matt Gaetz Girlfriend
Matt Gaetz is engaged to Ginger Luckey. The Florida congressman proposed to his girlfriend Ginger Luckey at Mar-a-Lago club on December 30, 2020. Luckey is the sister of Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR and designer of the Oculus Rift. The soon-to-be wife is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is an analyst at Apeel, a biotechnology firm in California that helps keep food fresh, according to her LinkedIn.
Matt Gaetz Son
Does Matt Gaetz have a son? He has a son, Nestor Galban, and Gaetz has described raising him as “the most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life,” according to his biography on his official website. In 2020, Gaetz said he was not Galban’s biological father, nor had he adopted him. Galban had been 12 when they met and had come to the United States from Cuba. Gaetz was at the time dating Galban’s sister. In June 2020, Gaetz told People magazine, “He is a part of my family story. My work with Nestor, our family, no element of my public service could compare to the joy that our family has brought me.”