Matt Schultz was elected to office in 2010 as the youngest secretary of state in the country, and is currently serving his first term as Iowa Secretary of State. He was first elected to public office in 2005 as a city councilman in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he was re-elected and served for a total of five years.
Secretary Schultz has focused on streamlining business services, including anew statewide lien registration system, and advocating for the integrity of the elections process. He supports a voter identification law in Iowa, and has been pro-active in maintaining clean and accurate voter registration records in the state. Schultz has also worked to increase ease of access to voting for active members of the military from Iowa.
Secretary Schultz has established two new programs aimed at increasing voter participation in Iowa. Rock Iowa, which is a partnership with the nationally recognized Rock the Vote organization, is an interactive class-based program for high school seniors to help educate them about the electoral process and encourage them to register to vote. Honor a Veteran with Your Vote is a program that encourages participants to register and vote to honor the sacrifices service men and women have made for our country. There is also a permanent online tribute page for participants to honor past or present military personnel.
Secretary Schultz is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Standing Committee on Voter Participation for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). Secretary Schultz is a graduate of BYU-Idaho, the University of Iowa, and the Law School at Creighton University. He practiced law in Council Bluffs before being elected Iowa Secretary of State.
Schultz grew up in West Des Moines and is an Eagle Scout. He is active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and served a two-year mission in Argentina. He and his wife, Zola, reside in Madison County with their five children.