About Senator McCoy

Matt McCoy and his son Jack

Matt McCoy and his son Jack

Matt McCoy is serving his seventh term in the Iowa Senate, after serving two terms in the Iowa House. He represents Senate District 21, which includes the southwestern and western portions of Des Moines, part of West Des Moines and Cumming in northwest Warren County.

Senator McCoy is an Assistant Majority Leader, co-chair of the Transportation & Infrastructure Budget and vice-chair of the Commerce Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations, State Government, Transportation, and Ways & Means committees. Additionally, he is a member of the investment board for the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System and ex-officio member of the Capitol Planning Commission.

During the 2014 legislative session, Matt led the passage of updated HIV and contagious diseases transmission legislation, making Iowa the first of 34 states with outdated and unjust legislation to do so. He also worked with House and Senate leaders in capping tuition costs at Iowa’s state universities and helped introduce and move positive initiatives for metro Des Moines. In 2013, Matt was the Senate Democratic leader for bipartisan comprehensive property tax reform for small businesses in Iowa.

On the Commerce Committee, he fights to continue Iowa’s economic progress by helping small and local businesses grow and expand, and working with legislators to make health care more affordable and accessible for low-income and middle-class Iowans. Through the Infrastructure committee, he advocates for investment in state roads, buildings and other facilities critical to our state’s economic prosperity.

Matt’s civic participation and legislative leadership have earned him numerous honors and awards. He is a recipient of the 2014 Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau Civic Champion Award, the 2014 Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa award for his efforts on their behalf, the Ducks Unlimited Public Policy Award for 2013-14, the Iowa Corn Growers Association 2014 award, the Autism Society of Iowa’s Hometown Hero Award, and the Outstanding Service Award by the Iowa Health Care Association & Iowa Center for Assisted Living for his efforts to protect Iowa’s elderly. He’s also been honored by the Easter Seals of Iowa, Tai Dam Village, Iowa Federation of the Blind, and Central Iowa Shelter & Services.

Matt graduated from Dowling High School in 1984 and earned his B.A. degree from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City in 1988. Active in the Boy Scouts of America as a child, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1981 and continues to support the Boy Scouts’ programs.

Matt has one son, Jack, and attends Plymouth Congregational Church.