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Wright, Matthew N., 1959-


biographical statement

Matthew N. Wright served the 142nd District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1991-2006. He replaced his father James Wright who served from 1965-1990. He was born on January 15, 1959 in Trenton, New Jersey, and he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Trenton State College in 1991. Before coming to the House of Representatives, he worked as a grocery store manager from 1988-1990, the owner of the Larchmont Farmers Market from 1984-1986, and as the manager of Styer Orchard from 1979-1984. During his time in the House, Rep. Wright served on the Business and Commerce Committee from 1991-2006, the Federal/State Relations Committee from 1991-1994, the Urban Affairs Committee from 1991-1996 as Sub-Committee Chairman of First Class Cities and Counties from 1993-1994, the Tourism and Recreational Development Committee from 1995-2006 as Sub-Committee Chairman on Arts and Entertainment from 1995-2002, the Consumer Affairs Committee from 1995-2006 as Sub-Committee Chairman on Public Utilities from 2003-2004, and the Insurance Committee from 1997-2006 as Vice-Chairman from 2005-2006. Rep. Wright also served on the Majority Policy Committee. Legislatively, Rep. Wright attempted to expand initiatives for the CHIP program, Adult Basic, PACE/PACENET, the Patient Bill of Rights, and medical coverage for diabetes [Act 98-1998]. He also worked on medical malpractice reform, Property Tax/Rent Rebate, elimination of inheritance tax, and the capital gains tax. He was defeated in the Primary Election of 2006.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Papers of Matthew N. Wright, 1991-2006

Identifier: 2006.030
Scope and Contents

The papers of Matthew Wright consist of biographical information, legislative files, publications and books and awards. A researcher interested in Mr. Wright or the topics in which he was involved should examine his Oral History Interview, which was conducted on November 21, 2006.

Dates: 1991 - 2006; Acquisition: 06/11/2008