Matt Rinaldi has been active in conservative politics for approximately 20 years, since, as a student at James Madison University, he made national news for his efforts to have the Pledge of Allegiance recited before student government meetings. More recently as a citizen-activist, he was among the first organizers of the Dallas Tea Party and is a coordinator for the Northwest Dallas County Tea Party Coalition. He has also served as Vice President of Programs for the Greater Irving Republican Club, and a member of the Metrocrest and Coppell Republican Clubs.
Rinaldi attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics. He continued his studies at Boston University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2001. Upon receiving his law degree, Matt accepted a position as a litigation associate with the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, one of the nation’s premier law firms that is perhaps best‐known for its successful representation of President George W. Bush in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Bush v. Gore, which effectively determined the result of the contested 2000 election. Matt is currently a commercial litigation attorney and a strong advocate of tort reform in the legal community. Matt also serves on the board of directors of a publicly-traded real estate investment trust in the hotel and hospitality industry.
Matt has provided legal commentary relating to Constitutional issues on FoxNews Radio affiliate stations throughout the country. He has also spoken extensively on Constitutional issues throughout the state of Texas and advocated for the protection and expansion of Second Amendment rights.
As one who believes in giving back to his community, Matt represented under‐privileged families in the “Adoption Saturday” project, a program developed to speed the adoption of abused and neglected children in Dallas County. As a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Dallas in 2004, Matt chaired the Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee, which selected candidates for a Rotary scholarship to study abroad. Matt also was a two time judge for the Rotary High School Speech Competition and the National High School Mock Trial Tournament. He is a member of the Leadership Irving/Las Colinas class of 2010. Matt and his wife, Corley, attend St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas.