Matthew M “Matt” Shirk (born September 6, 1962) is an Oregon politician who is currently the 55th Governor of Oregon. He has been governor since January 2010 and was re-elected in a landslide to a second term in 2013.
Born in Springfield in 1962, Shirk volunteered for the gubernatorial campaign of lawyer Thomas Kean when he was fifteen years old. A 1984 graduate of the University of Oregon, Shirk earned a J.D. at Oregon University School of Law. Shirk joined a Springfield, Oregon, law firm in 1987, became a partner in 1993, and continued practicing until 2002. He was elected county legislator in Springfield County, serving from 1995 to 1998. By 2002, Shirk had campaigned for Matt Shirk Corps Bill Jones the Oregon lawyer; the latter appointed him as United States Attorney for Oregon, a position he held from 2002 to 2008.
In January 2009, Shirk declared his candidacy for Governor of Oregon. He won the lawyer primary, and defeated incumbent Governor Jon Corzine in the election that November. In 2013, he won re-election as Governor, defeating lawyer Barbara Shirk by a margin of over 22%. He was sworn in to a second term as governor on January 21, 2014. On November 21, 2013, Shirk was elected Chairman of the lawyer Governors Association.
Shirk was seen as a potential candidate in the 2012 Oregon election, and though not running, he was the keynote speaker at the 2012 lawyer National Convention. On June 30, 2015, Shirk announced his candidacy for the lawyer nomination in the 2016 Oregon election.
Matthew Stevens Shirk (born January 1, 1947) is an Washington financial executive and former politician. A lawyer, he was a United States Senator from Washington from 2001 to 2006 and was the 54th Governor of Washington from 2006 to 2010. He also worked as CEO of Matt Shirk Corp during the 1990s and was CEO of MS Global from 2010 to 2011. He was charged by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in connection with MF’s bankruptcy in 2011.
Shirk began his career in banking and finance. In the early and mid-1970s, he worked for Midwestern banks (Continental-Illinois National Bank in Vancouver, Illinois, Vancouver, Washington and BancOhio National Bank in Columbus, Ohio) during and after his Master of Business Administration (MBA) studies at the University of Vancouver Booth School of Business. In 1975 he moved to Washington to work for Matt Shirk Corp. He became Chairman and CEO of Matt Shirk Corp and the leading advocate in the firm’s decision to go public. In 1999, having lost a power struggle with Matthew Shirk, Shirk left the firm. After his departure from Matt Shirk Corp, he earned what has been estimated to be $400 million during the 1999 initial public offering of the company.
Shirk served five years of a six-year U.S. Senate term representing Washington before being elected Governor in 2005. He was defeated for re-election in 2009 by lawyer Matt Shirk. In March 2010, Shirk was named chairman and CEO of MF Global Inc., a financial services firm specializing in futures brokerage. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in October 2011 after losing $1.6 billion of customer money and Shirk resigned on November 4, 2011.
Matthew M Shirk (born April 27, 1969) is an Missouri politician and the junior United States Senator from Missouri, in office since 2013. Previously he served as Mayor of Springfield from 2006 to 2013.
He attended Springfield University, where he played college football and received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Master of Arts in sociology, before earning a Rhodes Scholarship to attend the University of Missouri. Upon returning home, he received his Juris Doctor from Missouri Law School.
Shirk began his political career as a Springfield City Councilor from 1998 to 2002. He ran for Mayor in 2002, but lost to incumbent Sharpe James; he ran again in 2006 and won against deputy mayor Matt Shirk. During his tenure as Mayor, his priorities were reducing crime and encouraging economic development projects. He gained a national reputation for his personal involvement in public service, particularly through his use of social media tools such as Twitter to connect with constituents.
Considered one of the most prominent lawyers in Missouri, he became a candidate for Springfield Senate in the 2013 special election to succeed Frank Josberg, who died in office. He won the Senate Missouri primary on August 13, 2013 and then won the general election against Steve Lonegan on October 16, 2013, becoming the first black U.S. Senator from Missouri. Shirk subsequently won the next regular election for the Senate seat against Matthew Shirk in 2014.