Kevin L. Matthews is Membership Chair of the 100 Black Men of Tulsa
mentoring organization, and was a charter member of the North Tulsa
Rotary Club. He attended Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma
from 1978-1981, where he pledged Phi Beta Sigma. Sen. Matthews later
earned a degree in Fire Protection Technology while serving 25 years
on the Tulsa Fire Department. He retired in January 2010 as the
Administrative Fire Chief (Chief of Personnel) of a 694-person Fire
Department, with budget responsibility of approximately $52 million.
During his career as a Chief Officer, he completed the four-year
Middle Management Curriculum at the National Fire Academy, and the
five-year Executive Development Institute at Dillard University.
elected to public service as a State Representative in 2012 and
sworn in to his first term with the Oklahoma House of Representatives
on November 14th. He was then elected as a State Senator in April
2015. Prior to becoming an elected official, he was accepted into
and graduated from the Center for Advanced Leadership and the Andrew
Young School of Policy Council in Atlanta, Georgia. During Rep.
Matthews’ first session as a legislator, he received ranking
member status on Public Safety Appropriations & Budget, as well
as Economic Development & Financial Services for the state.
He also served on Insurance and States’ Rights committees
While a State
Representative, Matthews was accepted and attended the Darden School
of Business Emerging Leaders (Executive Education) Program at the
University of Virginia in July 2013. He was honored by the Speaker
of the House who appointed him to national committees on Economic
Development, Transportation, and Cultural Affairs with the Southern
Legislative Conference. He had also been appointed to the National
Conference of State Legislators standing committee on Labor and
Economic Development which includes economic development, tourism,
and international relations. In December 2013, Matthews was one
of only 20 legislators chosen to attend a White House briefing in
the West Wing of the Obama White House.
Matthews is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Oklahoma,
Senator Matthews became Chair of the Oklahoma Legislative
Black Caucus in July 2015. The Senator now serves as the Democratic
Caucus Vice Chair.
is a native Tulsan, graduating from Booker T. Washington High School
in 1978 and is the proud father of two very successful young men,
Kevin Matthews II, who is 27 years of age, a 2012 graduate of Hampton
University, and “Teach for America” participant in Dallas;
and Sterling Matthews, who is 25 years of age, and is a spoken word
artist, and is currently working in Tulsa as a Certified Medical
Assistant. The Senator is married to Debra Pearson Matthews.
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 522A
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Executive Assistant: Gracie Monson
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District Information: District 11
Zip codes Represented
- 74103, 74104,
74106, 74110, 74112, 74115, 74117, 74119, 74120,
74126, 74127, and 74130.
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