Meet Matt Schmit
Between 2013 and 2016 Matt represented his hometown of Red Wing and surrounding areas in the Minnesota Senate. Here, he chaired the Fish and Wildlife subcommittee; served as vice chair of the Jobs, Agriculture & Rural Development committee; and sat on the Energy & Environment, Capital Investment, and Environment, Economic Development & Agriculture Finance committees.
During this time Matt served on the Nuclear Legislative Work Group and Commerce Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the State & Rural Leaders and Great Lakes Legislative Caucus of the Council of State Governments, and the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators.
In addition, he has served on the Blandin Foundation Broadband Strategy Board, the Agriculture Utilization Research Institute Board of Directors, and the St. John’s University Board of Regents.
Integration of 21st century infrastructure and service delivery is a primary focus of his work and his research. For the past several years Matt has maintained active membership on the Transportation Research Board, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences.
Prior to public service, Matt studied biology and political science at St. John’s University—where he took great interest in the intersection of science and public policy. Thereafter, he attended the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and focused his career and educational aspirations on economics and public policy–a path he has enjoyed following ever since.
Outside his official legislative duties, Matt runs a small consulting firm and serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
A lifelong resident of Red Wing, Matt’s academic background includes undergraduate studies in biology and political science (BA) at St John’s University and graduate studies in economics and public policy (MPP) at the University of Minnesota.