|Full Name||Matt Krause|
|Education||Bachelor's, Christian Heritage College; J.D., Liberty University School of Law|
|Church||Glenview Baptist Church|
Matt Krause was born a fourth generation Texan in Tyler, Texas, to a pastor and a school teacher. During his early years, Matt’s father would pastor churches in Ranger and Whitehouse, Texas, before moving his family to San Antonio when Matt was six years old. Matt would spend the rest of his childhood in San Antonio. Matt attended Thousand Oaks Elementary School from Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. When Matt’s mother accepted a job at Castle Hills First Baptist School, Matt and his brother, Michael, followed their mother to the school. Matt would attend Castle Hills for the next eight years and graduate from there.
On Easter Sunday, 1987, Matt made what he calls the most important decision of his life. It was on that day that he gave his life to Christ, and has tried his best to live a life worthy of his Savior ever since.
You could usually find Matt on some kind of playing field growing up. While his passion was basketball, he also played soccer, baseball, and volleyball at various times through the years. To pursue his passion, Matt spent countless hours in the gym and at basketball camps. His hard work paid off as he was voted Second Team-All State his senior year. Along with that honor, Matt was named the Greater San Antonio Male Athlete of the Year by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes his senior year.
To afford to attend basketball camps and pay for car insurance so he could drive himself to games, Matt was a church custodian during high school. This experience taught Matt the value of hard work and the importance of budgeting. The job also instilled discipline at an early age.
Matt’s basketball abilities attracted a coaching staff in San Diego, CA, at Christian Heritage College (now known as San Diego Christian College). While they could not offer any scholarships to Matt, they promised him a chance at making the team if he came to school there. To pay for tuition, Matt applied for and was one of the first two recipients of the Presidential Scholar Award. He set off to college determined to make the team. By the end of the year, the walk-on was in the starting line-up and playing good minutes for the Hawks. Matt continued to increase his playing time the next three years. In his sophomore season, the team made it to the NAIA Final Four. In getting there, the team had to beat the number one seed, and Matt was given the responsibility of guarding their best player. Matt’s efforts (with tremendous help from his teammates) earned him recognition in ESPN the Magazine. By the time Matt graduated, he had worked his way up to a full scholarship with the aid of both athletic and academic sources.
It was also in college where Matt made what he called the second most important decision in his life. Matt met Jennie Napier the fall of his freshman year and instantly fell in love. It took a little convincing on her part, so they did not start dating until the end of that first year. They were engaged their junior year in college, and married the summer before their final year. As a college senior, Matt had to balance being a new husband to his beautiful wife, carrying a full load of classes, serving as student body president, playing basketball, and working thirty hours a week. The schedule was hectic, but Matt once again showed the discipline and hard work ethic he had learned years before.
After college, Matt decided to attend law school. Matt and Jennie headed out to become a member of the inaugural class at Liberty University School of Law. The school earned provisional accreditation as fast or faster than any school in the American Bar Association’s history thanks to the school’s rigorous academic program and its practical approach in teaching “lawyering skills.” While at the school, Matt was privileged to participate in both the school’s Law Review and Moot Court Programs. Matt would become the Managing Editor of Student Writing for the Law Review, and would place Second in the school’s first 2L/3L Moot Court Competition. Matt would go on to graduate third in his class.
Mere weeks before graduating from law school, Jennie gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son, Jeremiah, on tax day in 2007.
During law school, Matt had the great opportunity to intern for Liberty Counsel. Liberty Counsel is a non-profit legal and educational organization which is committed to “restoring the culture one case at a time by defending the sanctity of human life, the traditional family, and religious liberties.” Matt loved being engaged in the culture war and being able to defend the beliefs and values that were instilled in him by his parents. Upon graduating from law school, Liberty Counsel offered Matt an opportunity he could not refuse – to open up an office for the organization in Texas. Matt had wanted to return to the Republic since he had left for college. He accepted the position and moved his wife and eight month old son to Fort Worth.
Matt and Jennie call Tarrant County, and more specifically Fort Worth, home and have never been happier. Since moving here, Matt and Jennie have added to their family. A beautiful little girl, Hannah, was born to them in October of 2008. And in November of last year, Matt and Jennie welcomed their third child, James Reagan, into the Krause Family. Upon moving back to Texas, Matt quickly got involved with the Tarrant Republican Party by becoming Precinct Chair for his precinct and helping out with Republican candidates’ campaigns during various primary and general elections cycles. He enjoys his role as President of the Northwest Tarrant Republican Club and the ability to speak to various Republican and Tea Party groups throughout the county.
Matt feels that Tarrant County embodies all the values, beliefs, and traditions that make Texas the greatest state in the United States. He looks forward to taking his hard work ethic, discipline, and good old-fashioned Texas values to Austin to make Texas families stronger, happier, and more secure in their property, jobs, and God-given rights.