Senior Government Affairs Manager


Policy & Advocacy


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Matt Simpson is the senior government affairs manager at the ACLU of Texas, where he has led the organization’s legislative advocacy since 2008. Matt’s work spans all of the ACLU’s priority issue areas, from criminal legal reform to abortion, LGBTQIA+ equality, immigration, voting rights, and redistricting.

Across seven legislative sessions, Matt has fought to stop the passage of Arizona-style anti-immigrant legislation, helped outlaw the dangerous and unnecessary practice of shackling incarcerated women during delivery and childbirth, worked against the school-to-prison pipeline, helped block the bathroom bill, and taken on some of the most onerous anti-abortion laws in the country.

Matt holds a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Ore. and a bachelor's degree in political science from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is based in Austin.