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.
Matthews was 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, Class XXVIII.
Senator Matthews became Chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black
Caucus in July 2015. The Senator now serves as the Democratic Caucus
Senator Matthews is the Founder and Chair of the 1921 Centennial
Commission, which is highlighting the rise and fall of “Black
Wall Street” in Tulsa. The Senator recently received the EduRec
2018 Civic Leadership Award and the 2018 Christian Ministers’
Community Service and Leadership Awards.
Senator Matthews 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 29 years of age, a 2012 graduate
of Hampton University, along with his wife Jessica Moore Matthews,
both of whom work for Mayor Bill DeBlasio of New York and his wife
Cherlene McCray, respectively; and Sterling Matthews, who is 27
years of age, and is a spoken word artist, and an elementary school
youth specialist in Tulsa. Senator Matthews is the proud grandfather
of Kevin Matthews, III.
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 516
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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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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