|Matthew D. "Matt" Fridy|
Alabama State Representative
for District 73 (Shelby County)
|Assumed office |
November 5, 2014
|Preceded by||Joseph Lister Hubbard, Jr.|
|Spouse(s)||Kimberly Arledge Fridy|
|Children||Jack, Beth, Cate, and Emma Fridy|
|Alma mater|| University of Montevallo|
Cumberland School of Law
Matthew D. Fridy, known as Matt Fridy (born 1976), is a lawyer from Birmingham, Alabama, who has since 2014 represented District 73 in the Alabama House of Representatives. A conservative Republican, his district is entirely in Shelby County in the north central portion of his state.
In 1998, Fridy received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo in Shelby County. In 2001, he procured his Juris Doctor from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham. At Cumberland, he was executive editor of the Cumberland Law Review. He practices in the Birmingham firm of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff, and Brandt. He is an adjunct professor of Business Law at the University of Montevallo. He is a former chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party and a member of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee. He is an elder in the Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Shelby County. Fridy and his wife, the former Kimberly Arledge, have four children.
Before his own election to the legislature, Fridy managed the House campaigns for April Weaver in District 49 and Kurt Wallace in District 42 in 2010. In 2014, the Democrat Representative Joseph Lister "Joe" Hubbard, Jr., ran unsuccessfully for state attorney general against the Republican incumbent Luther Strange. To fill the House seat, Fridy entered the Republican primary election and defeated intra-party rival Jody Trautwein, 3,836 votes (69.2 percent) to 1,709 (30.8 percent). He then ran unopposed in the November 4 general election.
Fridy is vice chairman of the Shelby County Legislation Committee and a member of two other panels: (1) Health and (2) Judiciary.
In 2015, Representative Fridy voted for the use of electrocution in executions. He voted to require animal shelters to prepare monthly reports, but the bill failed, 28-67. He supported the establishment of public charter schools in Alabama, a measure which passed the House, 58-41. He supported the bill to permit the home schooled to participate in public school athletic events, a measure approved by the full House, 52-43. He voted to increase the cigarette tax, which passed the House, 52-46. In 2016, Fridy co-sponsored legislation to forbid the sale of fetal tissue or to permit its use in research, and he opposed dilation abortions in Alabama. He supported additional funding for new prison facilities, a measure which passed the House, 52-33. In 2017, Fridy voted to permit midwives to practice in his state, a measure which won House approval, 84-11. He voted to reduce the time for appeals from inmates on death row. He voted for the Memorial Preservation Act, which prohibits the alteration or removal of historic monuments, a measure which cleared the House, 72-29. He voted to prohibit judicial override of sentencing guidelines, which passed the House, 78-19.