Matt Hayes is a proven conservative who has worked together with many others to bring forth the Republican Party of Texas ideals of strong families, limited government and individual responsibility. Matt served in almost every possible volunteer role in the Republican Party for over twenty years, fighting for our conservative values.
He and Brenda, his wife of 39 years, began and grew their own business supplying contraband (drugs, alcohol, etc) and explosive detection canine service to schools and industry. Starting with just two dogs fifteen years ago, they now employ eleven people, nine contraband dogs and two explosive dogs. They serve over 150 school districts and private schools as well as many major corporations and events like Lockheed Martin, the Cottonbowl, Anheuser-Busch and Microsoft.
His management experience includes national (Mobil Oil) and international (Van Leer Flexibles and Simpro) industry leaders.
The spirit of volunteerism extends to the Board of Directors of the Society of Plastics Engineers (South Texas Chapter), the Friendswood Advocates for Special Students, and President of the Board of Trustees for Friendswood Christian School. He also served many years as an Assistant Scoutmaster. Matt serves as Treasurer for Mansfield Area Marines, a non-profit group of veterans helping veterans in tough circumstances.
Moving to Texas in 1960, Matt grew up in Dallas and Houston. The second of Cliff and Jean Hayes’ six children he was active in scouting and earned distinction as an Eagle Scout. Matt was commissioned an Honorary Texas Citizen by Governor John Connally.
Accepting his patriotic duty, Matt enlisted in the US Marines where his exemplary performance was recognized with two meritorious promotions in three years. Leaving active duty, he joined the Reserves while attending college and starting a full time business. Three and one-half years later he graduated from the University of Houston with a BBA (Cum Laude). He then re-entered active duty with the Marines for five more years, earning the rank of Captain. He later earned an MBA (with High Honors) from Oklahoma City University.
Matt met his sweetheart, Brenda Stinnett, in college and the two have been married 39 years. They have four children – David, a Houston Police Officer and law school graduate; Angela, a statistical analyst at Baylor; Kevin, an attorney in Oregon, and Michael, a student at TCC. Matt and Brenda are members of North Elevation Church in Mansfield.