|Matthew Haston "Matt" Krause|
Texas State Representative for
District 93 (part of Tarrant County)
|Assumed office |
January 8, 2013
|Preceded by||Barbara Parrish Nash|
|Born|| August 19, 1980}|
Tyler, Texas, USA
|Spouse(s)||Jennie Sue Napier Krause|
|Children||Jeremiah, Hannah Sue, and James Reagan Krause|
|Residence||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Alma mater||Castle Hills First Baptist Church School (San Antonio)|
|Occupation||Attorney and political activist|
Matthew Haston Krause, known as Matt Krause (born August 19, 1980) is an attorney and a Republican state representative for District 93, which encompasses a portion of Tarrant County in suburban Fort Worth, Texas.
Born in Tyler in Smith County in East Texas, Krause is the son of a Baptist pastor and a teacher. He lived for a time as a child in Ranger in Eastland County and Whitehouse in Smith County before his parents moved the family to San Antonio. He attended Thousand Oaks Elementary School and graduated in 1998 from the Castle Hills First Baptist School in suburban Castle Hills in Bexar County, where his mother was a faculty member. In his senior year Krause, who played mostly basketball, was named the "Greater San Antonio Male Athlete of the Year" by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
After high school, Krause attended San Diego Christian College in Santee in suburban San Diego, California, where his basketball skills brought his team in his sophomore year to the Final 4 of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. He carried both athletic and academic scholarship by the time he graduated. Thereafter, Krause, who had married the former Jennie Sue Napier while in college, enrolled and subsequently graduated in 2007 in the inaugural class of Jerry Falwell's Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Virginia. Krause worked on the Law Review and the moot court program and graduated third in his class.
The Krauses are members of the Glenview Baptist Church in Fort Worth.They have three children, Jeremiah (born 2007), Hannah Sue (born 2008), and James Reagan Krause (born 2012). The Krauses reside in Haslet, Texas.
After law school, Krause opened a Texas office of Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit organization devoted to the sanctity of human life, religious liberties, and the traditional family. It was this venture which brought the Krauses to Fort Worth. He became a precinct chairman for the Tarrant County Republican Party and worked to draw voters in both primary and general elections cycles. He is president of the Northwest Tarrant Republican Club. He also worked to cement the bond between the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement.
Krause first ran for the state House in District 99 in the 2010 Republican primary, when he was defeated by the long-term incumbent Charlie Geren, 8,037 votes (57.6 percent) to 5,915 (42.4 percent).In the Democratic primary, Barbara Nash had unseated Paula Pierson, by 431 votes, 49.3 percent to 47.6 percent.
In the May 29, 2012 Republican primary, Krause ran in his current District 93 against the one-term incumbent Barbara Parrish Nash (born c. 1944), a former school board and city council member in Arlington, Texas, and a third candidate, Patricia "Pat" Carlson. Krause won the nomination without need for a runoff election with 3,098 votes (50.7 percent). In the November 6, 2012 general election, Krause defeated the Democrat Shane Hardin and the Libertarian Party choice, Bruce Beckman. He polled 29,527 votes (58.9 percent) to Hardin's 18,797 (37.5 percent), and Beckman's 1,768 (3.5 percent).
Krause is a member of the House committees of (1) County Affairs and (2) Special Purpose Districts, the same assignments as his District 92 colleague, Jonathan Stickland.
In March 2015, Krause introduced legislation known as the Unborn Child Due Process Act, which would clarify a legal provision in the Texas Advance Directives Act that forbids anyone from withholding or withdrawing treatment from a pregnant patient. The bill would permit the state to appoint an ad litem to represent the interest of the unborn child in situations where life-sustaining treatment of a pregnant patient is in jeopardy.
In 2017, as he began his third term in the House, Krause proposed legislation to remove "insupportability" as one of the grounds for divorce in Texas. Krause blamed the prevalence of no-fault divorces for the breakdown of the family structure. "I don’t know if we don’t take our vows as seriously as we used to, but I think getting rid of the no-fault divorce piece of this may make folks concentrate on this a little harder before they enter into that relationship, or stick it out to where they can restore that relationship and the tough times in marriage,” Krause told The Houston Chronicle in December 2016. All fifty states offer no-fault divorce of some kind. In Texas “insupportability" is the principal grounds used.
A pro-life legislator, Krause supported in 2013 the ban on abortion after twenty weeks of gestation; the measure passed the House, 96-49. He co-sponsored companion legislation to increase medical and licensing requirements of abortion providers, a law that the opponents claim could shut down many abortion clinics. These issues brought forth an unsuccessful filibuster in the Texas State Senate by the Republican-turned-Democrat Wendy Russell Davis of Fort Worth, who in 2014 as her party's nominee for governor was handily defeated by Republican Greg Abbott. The Texas Right to Life Committee rated Krause 87 percent favorable.
Krause voted against the legislation to establish a taxpayer-funded breakfast program for public schools; the popular measure nevertheless passed the House, 73-58. He co-sponsored legislation to provide marshals for school security as a separate law-enforcement entity. He voted for the extension of the franchise tax exemption to certain businesses, which passed the House 117-24. He voted against the adoption of the biennial 2013 state budget. He voted to require testing for narcotics of those individuals receiving unemployment compensation. Krause voted against the "equal pay for women" measure, which nevertheless passed the House, 78-61.
Krause sponsored the measure to forbid the state from engaging in the enforcement of federal regulations of firearms. He sponsored related legislation to permit college and university officials to |carry concealed weapons in the name of campus security. He voted to reduce the time required to obtain a concealed-carry permit in Texas. He backed the redistricting bills for the state House and Senate and the United States House of Representatives. He voted against term limits for certain state officials. He voted against the bill to prohibit texting while driving. In the name of election integrity, he voted for legislation to forbid one individual from turning in multiple ballots.
Interest group ratings
In 2013, Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum, then managed in Texas by Cathie Adams, a former state chairman of the Texas Republican Party, rated Krause 100 percent favorable; the Young Conservatives of Texas, 95 percent. The Texas League of Conservation Voters rated him 50 percent; a similar group, Environment Texas, rated him 37 percent. The interest group Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, founded by Michael Quinn Sullivan, rated him 100 percent. The Texas Association of Business scored Krause 73 percent. The National Rifle Association rated him 92 percent, based on candidate statements in 2012.
In the 2016 Republican presidential primary, Krause supported U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, who subsequently lost to Donald Trump, whom Krause has since supported. Krause endorsed conservative David Watts in the District 7 House race in East Texas in 2016. In 2014, Watts had unsuccessfully opposed George P. Bush for the position of commissioner of the Texas General Land Officer.
- Matthew Krause. Mylife.com. Retrieved on October 7, 2020.
- Matt Krause. Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved on June 21, 2020.
- Matt Krause's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on June 21, 2020.
- State Rep. Matt Krause, District 93 (R-Fort Worth). The Texas Tribune. Retrieved on June 21, 2020.
- Texas Secretary of State, Election Returns, March 2, 2010.
- Texas Secretary of State, Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012 (House District 92).
- Texas Secretary of State, General Election Returns, November 6, 2012 (House District 93).
- Lone Star Politics: Unborn Child Due Process Act. NBC in Dallas-Fort Worth. Retrieved on June 21, 2020; material no longer accessible on-line.
- Bob Allen (January 13, 2017). Baptist lawmaker seeks end to no-fault divorce. Baptistnews.com. Retrieved on October 7, 2020.
- Matt Krause's Voting Records. votesmart.org. Retrieved on June 21, 2020.
- Manny Fernandez (June 26, 2013). Filibuster in Texas Senate Tries to Halt Abortion Bill. The New York Times. Retrieved on October 7, 2020.
- Matt Krause's Ratings and Endorsements. votesmart.org. Retrieved on June 21, 2020.