Matt Huffman was born and raised in Lima, Ohio. He is the fifth of nine children born to Lawrence and Shirley Huffman. He graduated from Lima Central Catholic High School in 1978. He then went on to earn his degree in Government from the University of Notre Dame (1982) and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati School of Law (1985).
Married since 1984 to his wife Sheryl (nee Simoneau), they have made their home in Lima, where they raised four children: Clare, Matthew, Ellen and Sam. In addition to being members of St. Charles Church, Matt and Sheryl belong to several community organizations including Heartbeat of Lima and the Knights of Columbus. In his free time, Matt enjoys refereeing CYO basketball and visiting his granddaughters, both born in 2017. Sheryl is an administrative assistant at Lima Central Catholic.
Matt has practiced law since 1985 in his family’s private practice law firm in downtown Lima. Matt has been admitted to practice in all of the state and federal courts in Ohio. He is an “AV” rated attorney by the Martindale-Hubbell rating service, the highest rating an attorney can receive. Matt has represented dozens of small businesses in West Central Ohio.
Matt began his public service on Lima City Council in 1992, serving until 2006, including the final seven years as City Council President. In 2007, Matt began his service in the Ohio House of Representatives. He served four terms, the last two in leadership positions, including being elected by his fellow legislators to serve as the second highest ranking member, Speaker Pro Tempore.
During his time in the Ohio Legislature, Matt championed bills to reform the medical delivery system¹, protect life at all stages², and repeal common core³. He has always maintained a strong commitment to the preservation of gun rights4. In his final year in the Ohio House, Matt authored the General Assembly Redistricting Plan (130th GA – HJR 12) that passed with broad bipartisan support and led the Fair Districts Ohio Coalition that resulted in the public approval of the plan to revise the Ohio Constitution. In 2018, he was the lead negotiator and sponsor for the Senate’s plan to revise the way Ohio draws congressional districts, which also was broadly supported by both parties and will be on the ballot in May, 2018 (132nd GA – SJR 5).
Matt has been a tireless advocate of removing unnecessary government regulations and fees and lowering taxes for all Ohioans; he defeated an income tax increase while on Lima City Council, and supported the reduction of state income taxes on small business owners and the elimination of the Ohio estate tax. While in the Ohio House, Matt was named a “Guardian of Small Business” and earned three “Watchdog of the Treasury” awards.
Matt is deeply concerned about our nation’s debt and was a primary sponsor of a resolution in the Ohio House to call for a convention of the states, as authorized by Article V of the U.S. Constitution, to propose a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. He believes the states must take back the power they have relinquished to the federal government in order for our nation’s debt crisis to be solved.
When Matt completed his fourth and final term in the Ohio House in December of 2014, the Lima News wrote in an editorial on December 28 entitled “Matt Huffman Served Lima with Integrity”:
“…there was one thing you always knew you could count on: He (Matt Huffman) would be approachable, he’d listen to your opinion, and you could trust him at his word. There’s really not much more you can ask of any politician.”
1 127th GA – HB 125
2 129th GA – HB 63, HB 79, HB 125, HB 78; 130th GA HB 248
3 130th GA – HB 597
4 129th GA – HB 495, HB 45, SB 17, HB 54; 130th GA – HB 203