My name is Matt Hobbs. I am a father, husband, fighter, survivor, and teacher. I was born in Norman, Oklahoma and raised in Moore. From the age of 8 to the age of 16, I participated in scouting, eventually obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout. In 2005, I graduated from Westmoore High School where I ran track and played football. I was a diligent student, earning a 4.0, but made time for friends and fun, including becoming friends with the woman who I would one day marry. After a year of business school at the University of Oklahoma, I was not satisfied with the direction I saw my life taking. I transferred to the University of Central Oklahoma and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in History Education. All my life I was passionate about school and I felt I could make a difference in the world by teaching children. For me, teaching was, and is, less a career choice and more a calling.
In 2009, at the age of 24, about a year before I graduated from college, I was diagnosed with a type of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma called primary mediastinal b-cell lymphoma. This is a rare form of lymphoma, and while aggressive, is treatable with the right drugs and techniques. Due to the Affordable Care Act, I was able to remain on my parents’ insurance while still in school. I was able to receive the treatment I needed and my cancer went into remission. In 2012, I reconnected with my best friend from high school, Andrea. Our romance blossomed and we planned to wed. I was also hired as a teacher by Broken Arrow Public schools.
Unfortunately, that same year I also got news I had been hoping never to get: my cancer had returned. Because this was a reoccurrence of the cancer, I needed a more aggressive course of treatment: an autologous stem cell transplant. The procedure required that I stay in the hospital in isolation for a month, as my body was too weak to fight off any potential infections while doctors finished my treatments. Once again, the Affordable Care Act, and later my insurance as a teacher, allowed me to receive this complicated and expensive treatment. Fortunately, the procedure was a success and I made a complete recovery.
Once I was well enough to be active, Andrea and I chose to pass on a big traditional wedding and instead decided to drive to Branson, Missouri with her two children and have a small family wedding. Andrea, our two children Emma and Stephen, and I live in Broken Arrow where I am proud to teach 6th grade geography at Oliver Middle School. I am over five years cancer free and at the point where doctors consider me cured.
I decided to run for the State Legislature because of my experiences with my health and with my profession. The health, education, and wellbeing of all Oklahomans, and especially children, should be the primary focus of our legislature. I am alive today because of what happened when government put people before profits. I walked out with my fellow teachers, protested, and ultimately chose to run for public office because of what happened with the Oklahoma Legislature put corporate profits before children. I am passionate about making a better Oklahoma for my family, my students, and my neighbors in District 98. If elected, and if allowed, I will continue to substitute teach in Broken Arrow Public Schools during times I am not required in the Capitol. I will be a legislator who works for the people because I know personally what happens when government gets things right, and what happens when it gets things wrong. I look forward to meeting the voters of District 98 and I am confident that I will win your votes!
Matt is running a grassroots campaign for everyday Oklahomans just like you. Will you make a contribution today for a better Oklahoma tomorrow? No amount is too small, every dollar makes a difference!