Rep. Matthew Shepherd of El Dorado is serving his third term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents District 6, which includes part of Union County.
For the 90th General Assembly, he serves on the committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development, the Joint Budget Committee, the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force, Arkansas Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight Committee, and the Arkansas Public School Desegregation Lawsuit Resolution Task Force (Act 2286 of 2005). He also serves as Chair in the committee for Judiciary.
For the 89th General Assembly, he served on the Judiciary Committee and the Joint Budget Committee. He also was the Chairperson of the committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development.
For the 88th General Assembly, he served on the Judiciary Committee, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Corrections and Criminal Law. He also served on the Joint Committee on Energy, the committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development, and the Arkansas Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight Committee.
A native of El Dorado, Rep. Shepherd graduated from El Dorado High School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Ouachita Baptist University and a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. A practicing attorney, he is a member of the El Dorado Rotary Club, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Union County Bar Association, and the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce.
Rep. Shepherd and his wife, Alie, have three young children, and the family is Southern Baptist. In his free time, he enjoys coaching children's sports teams, watching sports, and playing golf.